ALEF Course and Lecture Catalogue (in alphabetical order)

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ALEF Kick-off

Lecturer: Fabrizio Sossan, Sophie Pierini, Arnaud Rigacci (-)

In this first lecture of the program, the learning objectives, schedule (Fabrizio Sossan) and administrative (Sophie Pierini) aspects of ALEF are first outlined. Then, PERSEE's director Arnaud Rigacci will present the research and teaching activities conducted in this center of MINES ParisTech - PSL University.

Bienvenue aux élèves des MS : ALEF, ENR, HPC IA, MAPMOD, MRI et OSE (in French)

Lecturer: Various (-)

La Direction de l'enseignement vous accueillera jeudi 7 octobre en Amphi Mozart de 8heures à 10heures 30. Au programme: 8h-8h15 - Mot d’accueil de François Cauneau; Directeur de la délégation; 8h15-9h - Intervention de Frédéric Fontane, Directeur de l’enseignement; 9h-9h30 - Présentation du réseau Alumni : Florie Mazzorana-Kremer (ancienne des Mines); 9h30-10h - Présentation de la Technopole : Philippe Mariani, Directeur de la Fondation Sophia Antipolis; 10h-10h10 - Présentation de MSV , Mines Sports Valbonne, Marion Négrier, Marion Roth, Wassim Abdel-Nour. A partir de 10h10 - Echanges autour d’un café gourmand et stand MSV.

Business Plan and Economic Analysis for Energy Systems

Lecturer: Athanase Vafeas (

This course aims at giving students economic and managerial competencies. The teaching contributes to this high-level goal by developing students’ abilities on 4 complementary axes: (i) Business Plan thinking and writing, (ii) Breakthrough project building and management, (iii) Market and competitiveness analysis in the energy domain (at large), (iv) Presentation and argumentation, oral and written skills. Lectures are given in 10 sessions of three hours, including a final formal review. During the course of the quarter, students organized in teams are asked to build, write and present a Business Plan in the Energy sector and to present it to a review committee. Athanase is a business plan consultant, with a special focus on applications to energy and education.

Chinese Language and Cultural Preparation

Lecturer: Cuifang Zhu (

Chinese language and cultural classes to prepare at best the period in China. Cuifang Zhu is a native Chinese speaker and language teacher.

Coal: a Global Fuel

Lecturer: Michel Valdelievre (

This course presents environmental challenges related to coal power plants and coal combustion, illustrating perspective on the future of coal generation. Michel Valdelievre is a professor and consultant in coal technologies.

Effectual Strategic Marketing

Lecturer: Laurence Nahmias (

This course aims to provide students with knowledge on effectual principles in project management, its benefits for entrepreneurs and startups in the form of a disruptive approach named ISMA360. During the two tutorial sessions, the students apply ISMA360 on exploratory business cases. The course consists of two 3-hour lectures and two tutorial sessions combined with the ‘Business Plan and economic analysis’ module. Laurence is a professor in marketing at the SKEMA business school.

Energy Transition in the Industry: the Case of Air Liquide

Lecturer: Moulay-Driss ELALAOUIFARIS (Faris) (

The energy transition is reshaping the current business and operational practices of the industry. Within this context, this lecture will bring students the perspective of AirLiquide, a gas producer company whose processes are exceptionally electricity-intensive. Faris is an R&D engineer at Air Liquide specialized in the optimization of industrial processes.

Energy in EU law and policy: rules, funding, and governance

Lecturer: Kamila Paquel (

The policy and legal framework of the European Union (EU) decided by its 27 Member States drives energy markets and technology deployment in Europe. This course provides some carefully selected and easy to understand fundamentals of that framework. It covers among others (i) the basics of EU law including practical implications of the currently applicable laws on power and gas markets, renewables, energy efficiency and industrial emissions (ii) key institutions and stakeholders involved in energy policy and regulatory processes (iii) most up-to-date political dilemmas and orientation affecting the future energy landscape in Europe. This short course is useful for future investors, project developers, and industry representatives and managers as well as anyone who wishes to be agile in the EU context and to know how to influence it.

Ethics in Smart Grids

Lecturer: Samuele Grillo (

This course discusses the ethical aspects related to smart grid and modern power systems. The objective of the course is to show to students that even technical and design engineering choices are not neutral from an ethical and social standpoint (e.g., responsibility, privacy, fair decision process, sustainability). The lecture will be on zoom. Samuele is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

European Electricity Landscape

Lecturer: Jean-Baptiste Paquel (

This course explains the practices and tools adopted to operate the European interconnected power system. It then explains planning scenarios for the development of the existing grid infrastructure in the next decades. Jean-Baptiste is a system planning engineer at ENTSOE.

French energy landscape and generation capacity expansion

Lecturer: Robin Girard (

This course reviews, in the first 3-hour time slot, sectorial energy demands (e.g., industrial, commercial, residential perhaps building stocks, including thermosensitivity), and current energy resources and possible alternatives (PV, biogas, wind) from an energy balance perspective, with a specific reference to the French situation. In the second slot, it reviews generation capacity expansion plans in France. Robin Girard is Associate Professor at Mines ParisTech.

Hydropower Generation

Lecturer: Stefano Cassano (

This course presents the various forms of hydropower generation and its operating principles. Stefano Cassano is a power system engineer and a last-year Ph.D. student of Mines ParisTech. He works on hybridization of future hydropower plants with batteries to enhance their regulating capacity and extensively collaborates with French generation company EDF.

Library tools and reference management

Lecturer: Magalie Prudon (

In this course, the library of MINES ParisTech in Sophia and its services will be presented. Tools for reference management will be presented also. Magalie Prudon is the responsible of the library of the school in Sophia Antipolis.

Power Grids and Renewable Energy Technologies

Lecturer: Fabrizio Sossan (

This course reviews operating principles of electric power grids and electricity generation, including both conventional sources and mainstream renewable energy resources (photovoltaic and wind). It then explains the main challenges related to integrating stochastic generation in power grids. Fabrizio Sossan is Associate Professor at Mines ParisTech.

Project Management

Lecturer: Corrine Hirzmann (

The project management (PM) course is dedicated to deliver practical and theoretical PM fundamentals based on “best practices” collected from worldwide Professionals and documented by PMI (Project Management Institute) thru the PMBOK (Project Management Body Of Knowledge), a worldwide Project Management Standard. The course will cover the Project Management Framework and Fundamentals: Definitions; Major phases; 10 Knowledge Area (Scope, Budget, Schedule, Quality, Risks, Resources, Stakeholders, Communication, Procurement, Integration); and, MS Project Tools and techniques. A Mini-project on a subject selected by the students will help the students to experiment the concepts in a practical environment.

Sustainability Management

Lecturer: Anne Barraquier (

This course has two objectives. One is to introduce the issue of sustainability in the context of governance and decision-making instances in business organizations. Another is to anchor the progress of industrial projects, in particular energy-related ones within current practices of stakeholder evaluation to establish their legitimacy. The course will show the embeddedness of business organizations in the financial economy, the role of the different types of funds involved as investors and how they influence strategic orientations in the light of the development of new, extra-financial criteria (social and environmental) that are now mandatory to evaluate the performance of business firms. Anne is a Professor at SKEMA business school.

Sustainable Ports and Ships

Lecturer: Fabio D'Agostino (

This course explores the challenges related to the energy transition in the context of ports and marittime transportation. The course tackles three main topics: Smart ports from the future - integration of shipboard microgrids within land distribution networks; All-electric ships - introduction to the marine microgrid concept; Shore Power: the cold ironing facility and the problem of estimating the ports power demand. Fabio is Assistant Professor at the University of Genova, Italy.

Sustainable Road Mobility

Lecturer: Stefano Bracco (

The main characteristics of electric vehicles and charging infrastructures will be described, with a particular focus on smart charging and vehicle-to-grid technologies. The main aspects related to the integration of electric mobility systems within power networks will be also analyzed from the technical and economic point of view. Examples of real applications will be reported. Stefano is Associate Professor at the University of Genova, Italy.

Wind Generation Development: Serious Game

Lecturer: Tom Laton, Lucas Uhrweiller (,

The serious game is a journey through all key steps in the development and the optimization of a wind farm : the definition of the optimal layout for a site, the energy yield calculation and the profitability analysis. Tom and Lucas are Head of Technical Expertise and Business Analysis respectively, and former MINES ParisTech ENR and ALEF alumni.

Workshop on Wind Turbine Construction

Lecturer: Jay Hundall (tbd)

In this hands-on workshop, students will build a small-scale wind turbine, from the blades to the generator, with the guidance of the teacher.
ALEF Course and Lectures Catalogue

ALEF Course and Lecture Catalogue (in alphabetical order)

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