First Online Renewable Energy MBA Program
Online advanced degree programs have become a popular option for busy professionals looking to take their career to the next level. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is one of the best ways to move from corporate peon into a management position. However, balancing family life with a busy work schedule can make time for higher education near impossible. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin is making it easy now for energy industry professionals to earn an all-new, first of-its-kind, online MBA degree that focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The “MBA Renewables” covers various aspects of the renewable energy industry and successful business management within the sector. The program covers everything from the technical and economic side of renewable energy, to its legal, political and organizational aspects.
The online distance learning MBA will also provide an overview of the wide range of renewable technologies, their applications and advantages. The complex nature of international renewable energy policies and market characteristics will also be instilled in students, as well as business development skills in what is still considered a relatively young sector.
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The online program is ideally suited for those wishing to earn their graduate degree on a part-time basis while still working at their current job. The learning modules will be a mix of self-study, online lectures, tutorials, virtual interactions, group work, and international networking.
The program is scheduled to begin its first semester in October 2011, and deadline for registration is September 1, 2011. So if you’re an energy industry employer who has identified some young talent in your company that you’d like to prepare for a managerial role, this program may be just the right fit. Or if you’re a motivated worker who’s tired of pushing paper and ready to take on a more significant role in renewable business activities, the MBA Renewables degree may be just what you’re looking for.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.