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Published on January 1st, 2017 | by The Beam


Josiah Bircham: “We keep up to date by carefully monitoring what goes on in the renewables sector.”

January 1st, 2017 by  

Let’s begin the year 2017 with some more energizing thoughts about the energy transition. This year, just as we began last year, CleanTechnica will publish interviews from The Beam twice a week.

The Beam takes a modern perspective at the energy transition, interviewing inspirational people from around the world that shape our sustainable energy future.

This week, Anne-Sophie Garrigou, journalist at The Beam, interviewed Josiah Bircham, Business Development and Communications Executive for the European Energy Centre (EEC), a global leader in renewable energy training and international conferences.

Can you explain to us your missions at The EU Energy Centre (EEC)?

The key mission of the European Energy Centre (EEC) is to promote knowledge-sharing and best practice in renewable energy and energy efficiency. As an organization we achieve this through collaborations, for over 40 years, with leading universities and the United Nations (UNEP) through professional training courses, qualifications, conferences, publications, European projects, global partnerships, membership programs and awarding the internationally recognized Galileo Master Certificate since 1975.

What courses do you offer?

We offer a wide range of courses at the European Energy Centre including technical courses such as ‘Solar Photovoltaic’ and ‘Wind Power’ to courses like ‘Renewable Energy Management and Finance’ and ‘Carbon Management,’ which help give participants the skills to manage and finance all sizes of projects and also obtain essential knowledge of the current state of the clean energy sector.

These courses are delivered at the leading universities, which the EEC collaborates with, and also through the EEC’s innovative distance learning platform which can be accessed anytime, from anywhere in the world.

What kind of people enter your school and what are their motivations?

The training seminars offered by the EEC are open to all professionals and students, from those with technical backgrounds to others who have no prior experience and we help participants, regardless of their experience, find the correct courses. We have had representatives from government organizations in the past as well as engineers looking to start their own businesses and move into the ever-growing renewables sector.

The motivation of the participants is to obtain high quality and up-to-date knowledge of the renewable energy sector, some use this to assist their own organization, some to start a business and some just to learn more about the subject!

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The Beam Magazine is a quarterly print publication that takes a modern perspective on the energy transition. From Berlin we report about the people, companies and organizations that shape our sustainable energy future around the world. The team is headed by journalist Anne-Sophie Garrigou and designer Dimitris Gkikas. The Beam works with a network of experts and contributors to cover topics from technology to art, from policy to sustainability, from VCs to cleantech start ups. Our language is energy transition and that's spoken everywhere. The Beam is already being distributed in most countries in Europe, but also in Niger, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Japan, Chile and the United States. And this is just the beginning. So stay tuned for future development and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Medium.

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