Solar Energy Competence Initiative (SECI)
01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019
Association Education for Development (AED)
Ministry of Education, Culture & Research (MECR)
SECI is a pilot project that aims at developing an institutionalised training offer on photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems and heat pumps. As a long-term objective, the project seeks to contribute to the overall development of the renewable energy sector of Moldova.
In the inception phase, SECI will implement the following activities:
Strengthening the training capacity of the two partner institutions: Centre of Excellence in Construction (CEC) and Centre of Excellence in Energetics and Electronics (CEEE). The project will develop first course contents on solar hot water and on heat pumps (CEC) as well as on photovoltaics (CEEE). The logic is to start developing courses (or course-elements) for the students, and at the same time starting to reflect on further courses for other target groups.
Developing connection with labour market. The goal is to engage with companies to assess the demand of skills and training needs (both for the initial training and continuous training) and to motivate companies to get involved into the training programme (for example during the exam, but also for internships).
Providing material support. CEEE will be equipped with a small PV-system for demonstration and learning purpose. In future the project might consider installing a photovoltaic system with a higher capacity (up to 20 kWp). Additionally, first steps in equipping a workshop for general electric works and photovoltaic technology will be done. CEC will be equipped with a small heat pump for air-water as well as a system for air-air energy transfer for demonstration purposes.
Moldova has institutionalized training providers focusing on photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems and heat pumps. Thus, the project is contributing to the overall development of the renewable energy sector of Moldova.
Specialists at the partner institutions have upgraded their competence regarding the technologies:
Two first educational offers are created and used in their teaching.
First improvements of the training facilities are accomplished and there is a plan for further capacity development in these technologies.