The Sustainable Generation Model

Sustainable Innovation & Entrepreneurship Focus: Energy and Developing Countries

Syllabus SIEEDC/SGM Course 2013

Sustainable Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Focus: Energy and Developing Countries

Supervisor: Peter Heßbrüggen, Bernd Möller

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University Flensburg ECF-CR: 5 SWS: 4 Time Effort: 150 h Weeks: 16 Modules: 8

Course Description

The overall goal of the module is to give students a methodology how to foster innovation and entrepreneurship for a sustainable generation. Based on the provides sustainable generation model, they will be able to provide a case related to their countries. This includes the illustration/interpretation of the borders of society, economy, nature and buddies. Identify the drivers and constraints as well as policy frameworks and systems of innovation that are essential to the implementation of sustainable energy technologies in developing countries. They will be able to analyse and conceptualize the success pattern from customer needs to the value proposition and the related resources for value creation and their financial impacts.

They will learn how to to assess and contrast the impact of local  and national systems of innovation on technology change and implementation, and they will be able to appraise the importance of entrepreneurship in technology transfer and capacity building in the energy sector.

Course Goals and Objectives

The students will be able to

  • discuss the current methods of energy provision in developing countries

  • demonstrate how energy policy is transformed from ideas to reality through the decision making, approvals and administrative processes

  • identify key elements that affect the successful introduction of renewable technologies in a development setting including needs assessment, technology transfer, capacity building, financing and gender issues

  • analyse energy policy for its effectiveness to accelerate deployment  and access to sustainable energy in developing countries

  • assess the role of entrepreneurship in energy projects

  • differentiate between national and local systems of innovation in relation to energy provision

  • outline the costs and challenges of integrating increasing shares of renewable energy into energy supply systems in developing countries

  • describe how energy policy ideals may become compromised through the political processes involved


This module identifies and appraises the linkages between renewable energy innovation and dissemination, such as

the co-benefits and co-costs, mitigation potential, to achieve sustainable development in developing countries.

It evaluates policy options, outcomes and conditions for their effectiveness, as well as constraints for integration

into the energy supply system.

The module analysis how accelerated deployment of renewable energy technologies could be achieved in developing countries in a sustainable manner. The mitigation potential and costs of renewable energy technologies are assessed and the role of entrepreneurship in the process of innovation of energy technologies is assessed.

In addition the module deals with the processes and institutions that give rise to the shape, direction, and outcomes in the energy sector.

  • Sustainable energy  and development

  • Entrepreneurship in energy projects

  • Local versus national innovation systems

  • Policy framework

  • Institutional arrangements

  • Finance mechanisms

  • Assessment of renewable energy technologies and

  • related policy and financial instruments

  • Capacity building

  • Evaluate the potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change

  • Technology transfer

  • Assessment of the appropriateness of the range of energy technologies applicable to a developing

  • country (social/cultural, practical, economic and environmental)

  • Community engagement

  • Renewable energy and sustainability

  • Gender issues

  • Barriers and drivers


Course Schedule

Details you will find at Courseware Website: ->CourseWare


Module 1 - 14.2. - 27.2.2013

Innovation Theory and

Innovation System

Idea Generation


Module 5 - 09.12. - 22.12.2013

The Perspectives - Buddies, Society

Identify and Overcome Constraints in Developing Countries

Awareness and Creativity


Module 2 - 28.10. - 10.11.2013

Models, Methodologies

Simplicity and Complexity


Module 6 - 06.01. - 19.01.2013

Value Capture, Cost Structure

Decision Matrix and Finance Plan


Module 3 - 11.11. - 24.11.2013

The Sustainable Generation Model

Product/Customer fit


Module 7 - 20.01. - 02.02.2013

Key Performance Indicators

Build the Essence Model

Hypothesis Testing


Module 4 - 25.11. - 08.12.2013

The Perspectives - Economy, Nature

Lean Offer - Minimal Viable Product


Module 8 - 03.02. - 14.02.2013


Discussion Forums

The discussion forums are a key element of this course. Be sure to read more about the discussion forums and how you can make the most of them in this class.

Have you come across an insightful video related to the topics of this course? Or an interesting news article or blog post? Share it in the forums!




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