Each module on the e-learning platform is divided into several chapters. Supporting documents such as a syllabus, a summary, and suggested exams are included. An instructor can gain access to the e-learning platform and can manage and use the material for teaching and training purposes.

The DESIRE project aims to raise the awareness on the socio-economic impact of renewable energy and to make the teaching materials, prepared up to EU standards, available to faculty and students in the MENA region.

Introduction to technological innovation of RES Brief knowledge of each RE technology 4 1. 

  •  Solar Energy 
  • Wind Energy
  •  Water Energy

Introduction to socio-economics

  • ocioeconomics – the new approach 
  •  Socioeconomics of renewable energy and energy efficiency 
  •  Socioeconomic impacts: assessment and mitigation

Job creation, importance and impact on society

  • Introduction 
  • Policy and practice background 
  • Impacts on Society

The transmission to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

  • Energy market structures and stakeholders 
  •  Energy system transition process 
  •  Energy transition phase model 
  •  Energy market transition experiences

The grid infrastructure plays a core role. Stable system operation with large amounts of intermittent RES-E generation is another major issue of practical relevance. 6 2.


  •  The role of the grid infrastructure 
  • Challenges for RES-E developers § Challenges for grid operators
  •  ”Deep” versus ”shallow” versus ”super-shallow” RES-E integration
  •  Resume for policy making
  • System operation and intermittent RES-E generation 
  •  Promoting grid-related incentives for large-scale RES-E integration into the different European electricity systems

Global status of Renewable Energy technologies, investment flows and implementation Green Economy 5 1. 


  • Introduction to the Green Economy.
  • Climate change & Energy Transition. 
  • Sustainable (Millennium) development goals (SDGs).
  • Renewable Energy Technologies effects.
  • Socio- Economic benefits of the Renewable Energy.

Existing environmental and public health indicators and Standards, which are adopted by a number of multilateral agencies, national governmental bodies and international nongovernmental organizations 4 1. 


  •  Definitions of Environmental Health Indicators and Benchmarks 
  •  Human Rights Perspective: Public Policy Factors 
  • Screening Process and Applications 
  •  Preventative and Remedial Indicators 
  • Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Indicators and Benchmarks
  • Environmental Health Performance-Based Indices 
  • Structural and Process Indicators of Environmental Health

The concept of environment: an overview Environmental challenges: climate change and pollution Environment-human relationship Sustainable management of natural resources

Upon succesful completion of this course students should be able to understand: 

  • challenges resulting from carbon based economies;
  • renewable energy technologies and their role with regard to socio-economic development; 
  • energy market structures and the role of different stakeholders; 
  •  energy transition processes and theoretical concept of the Multi-Level-Approach;
  •  different phases of energy transitions that help to indentify road maps 
  • challenges faced in further countries that are already advanced in their energy transition process and how they addressed challenges