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On September 4 in the city of Burgas, the team of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", together with the team of the Burgas Campus at SU, the British Embassy in Bulgaria and the Municipality of Burgas, officially opened the first edition of the "Marine Renewable Energy Academy" summer school. The initiative was organized by Chief Assist. Prof. Dr. Mariya Trifonova, coordinator of the Master's program "Energy Markets and Services" at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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"This is the first training of our “Black Sea Energy School” series, with which the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Sofia University will build on its previous experience in energy education", said FEBA’s Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atanas Georgiev. "We believe that with this training we will provide opportunities for more energy cooperation in the Black Sea region, which has a number of opportunities and challenges".

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The ambassador of Great Britain to Bulgaria, H.E. Rob Dixon, participated in the opening of the academy with a video address. He welcomed the participants and the speakers and wished them a successful training experience.

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Lecturers from leading academic centers in Great Britain and other countries with experience in this field participate in the training:

  • Prof. Dr. Maurizio Collu, a leading figure in Offshore Renewable Energy Engineering at the NAOME Department of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, will delve into cutting-edge research on the design of floating offshore wind turbines;
  • Dr. Srinivas Sriramula CEng MIMechE, brings over the University of Aberdeen's wealth of experience in transitioning from traditional oil and gas industries to offshore wind and renewables. He will put a special focus in his lectures on hydrogen synergies;
  • Dr. Maria A. Petrova, a Bulgarian scholar based in the USA at Georgetown University, who conducted pioneering research on public attitudes regarding the adoption of wave energy in Oregon;
  • Dr. Anne Velenturf, a key figure in the Resource Recovery from Waste programme at the University of Leeds, will present the principles of circular economy in the wind industry;
  • Dr. Niels-Erik Clausen, an associate professor from DTU, will shed light on environmental impact considerations during the planning and development phases of offshore wind farms;
  • Dr. Rachel Brown, marine planning leader at the Marine Management Organisation of the UK Government, will share invaluable insights into maritime spatial planning;
  • Danish practitioner Jørgen Nellemose bringing his immense experience will explore the financial, investment, and risk aspects of offshore wind energy projects;
  • Chief Assit. Prof. Dr. Mariya Trifonova will lead the opening and the closing modules of the Academy.
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More than 25 representatives of countries from the Black Sea region enrolled in the training - both students and researchers from academia, as well as a number of practitioners from state institutions and companies.

After the completion of the training, the participants will also receive certificates issued by the Center for Educational Services at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".

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For additional information please visit www.mreacademy-feba.com.