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Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy program

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Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy program

One of the current challenges in the current context of the global energy market is the growth and integration of renewable energy sources into the mix of energy solutions.
The renewable energy sector is thus experiencing unprecedented growth, creating a substantial need for new skills in the workforce.
This certificate program from Ecole Polytechnique and InnoEnergy, with the collaboration of HEC Paris, focuses on developing a double skill set in its participants, Engineering and Entrepreneurship.


  • Dates :From september 16th 2020 to march 26th 2021
  • Duration :11,5 days of in-person lesson – 10 weeks of distance learning courses (SPOCs) – 10 weeks of group project work
  • Audience :a researcher, an engineer, an employee of a public institution, a lawyer, a founder of startups
  • Location :École Polytechnique Executive Education, Palaiseau (91)
  • Language :English or French
  • Diploma :Executive Certificate « Entrepreneuriat dans les énergies renouvelables » (CNCP 2400)
  • Code :ENR


  1. State of the art knowledge in renewable energy technologies
  2. A set of skills and instruments to manage innovation and entrepreneurship in this energy sector
  3. A strong working knowledge of project management through a collective project
  4. Understand the global and regional macro-economic balance in energy markets, in order to be able to strategize in a public or corporate role
  5. Adopt best practices regarding innovation and entrepreneurship and know how to apply them to the development of a new project in this cutting-edge field
  6. Master the contractual aspects and risk analysis concerning the development of a project in this domain and more generally, the challenges of infrastructure project management


A program relying on the complementarity of two leading academic institutions (Ecole polytechnique and HEC Paris) to propose a dual focus on technology and business.
The courses are followed by professional project and oral defense.

Technological approach:

• Renewable energy and its related state-of-the-art technologies
• The challenges of distribution and of electricity network

Rules and best practices of Entrepreneurship:

• The global and regional energy balance in which renewable energies play a role
• Value chains in the energy insdustry
• Contractual aspects and market regulation
• Innovation management
• Project finance

  1. Titre: 
    Pedagogical approach

    - SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses)
    - Experimental teaching in top level Ecole polytechnique research laboratories
    - In-person courses

    Technological aspects

    SPOCs on the different Renewable Energy Technologies:

    • Photovoltaic solar energy
    • Wind resources
    • Biomass and Bioenergy 
    • Electricity storage

    Three experimental teachings to be chosen amongst the following:

    • Photovoltaic module performance characterisation under outdoor conditions
    • Wind turbine performance and wind characterisation under outdoor conditions
    • Nanogrid performance experimentation
    • Advanced Smart Grids
    • Hybrid Perovskite solar cell technology
    • Silicon solar cell technology

    In-person course:

    • Smart Grids                                

    Business aspects

    SPOCs on the different business aspects:

    • Financial Valuation
    • Project Finance
    • Project Management

    In-person courses:

    • Global and regional energy models
    • Project contracts and risks
    • Electricity markets and regulations
    • Financial modeling of project
    • Corporate and project rating
    • Technology strategy and innovation management
    • Developpement of a renewable energy project – case study
  2. Titre: 


    - Aurélien MAURICE -
    Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Certificate - 2017

    "I am in charge of risk management for the Hydro Business, based at the General Electric Renewable Energy HQ in Paris. My focus is the assessment and active management of the risks and opportunities of the global portfolio of hydro electrical projects. I provide as well ad hoc operational support to negotiations for some critical projects.
    I have worked in 6 different countries over the last 15 years. When I came back to Paris late 2016, I felt the need to update my theoretical knowledge about my sector of activity (renewable energy), as well as to reconnect with the French ecosystem. Last but not least, I wanted to test some entrepreneurial ideas of my own, for which the group project was a perfect ground.
    The Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Program was a great fit : it mixes the technological and economical/business approaches, through Presential Courses at the Polytechnique Campus in Massy-Palaiseau, and various Small Private Online Courses. The experimental dimension is also part of the training : the photovoltaic installation on-site testing was one of the highlights of the Program.
    In the end, it is a high-quality, well-rounded multi-dimensional program, through which you get access to a solid pool of experienced professional. I strongly recommend it !"




  1. Academic director
    Ecole polytechnique - Professor - Department of Physics
  1. Speaker(s)
    Jean Michel
    Executive Director, Energy & Finance Chair, HEC Paris
  2. Speaker(s)
    Senior Advisor

    Voir sa biographie complète ICI

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