Presentation of the "Case Study" module
Anaïs Viret-Yu, Solar Project Manager for OX2 France, a subsidiary of the Swedish company Ox2 AB, is a Master's student in the Specialized Master® MEP class of 2019-2020.
"Among the modules of the Master's degree in Management of Energy Project, there is one that I particularly appreciated and that allows me to test the knowledge acquired during the training by confronting a real complex energy project.
Accompanied by Louis-Francois Durret and Pierre Aubry, the "Case Study" module includes 23 sessions of 3 hours at the School, from December to March. It allows us to apprehend, as a team, an energy project in its entirety. We are put in the position of a manager at all stages of a project, from its initial conception, its technical choices, the development of its business model, the conditions of its societal acceptability, the evaluation of its profitability and financing, the analysis of its risks, etc., until its realization.
A real "role play" of Project Management with the objective of bringing an energy project to construction while many events follow one another from one week to the next requiring reactivity and agility from the project team to find solutions and move the project forward.
The learning linked to the dimensions of schedule management, risk mapping, offtake strategy, financial modeling, stakeholder management, regulation... are thus tested.
Student of the class of 2019, our team's project was called "Surya power plant".
A 120 MW CSP solar project in Rajasthan. More than a very enriching experience with brilliant people, a real human and professional adventure! "
- Hana Benali
Module "Interoperability and Computational Workflows"
Hana Benali, Digitalization and energy efficiency project manager at IDEX, is a graduate of the Executive Master MEP.
"The management of innovation projects in the energy sector requires the development of new dynamic business models that now take into account the circular economy, lean startup and the integration of new technologies. This is the first message I took away from the New Business Models training module, whose speaker is Mr Alon Rozen from École des Ponts Business School. This course had a great impact on me as it is a real opportunity to understand the business models of energy projects as complex adaptive systems where innovation is the differentiating dimension of any successful project.
Thanks to the various exchanges with Mr. Rozen and the brainstorming sessions organised in groups, we finally manage to assimilate the concept of business models in all its complexity by applying it in the framework of a project funding application or a business plan as an example.
Today, I still use the various learnings from this course on a daily basis as I work on digital and innovative projects around energy efficiency financing, where one is often required to call upon one's spirit of innovation and especially one's ability to model new businesses. "
- Eve Dallamaggiore
Presentation of the "Case Study" module
Ève DALLAMAGGIORE, Project Engineer at ENGIE SOLUTIONS HYDROGENE is a graduate of the Specialized Master® MEP of the class of 2020 - 2021.
The MEP master is built around a common thread: the case study module. This case study covers 2/3 of the program and allows us to apply the different courses of the master. It is a matter of taking on the role of a project manager in a team, a profession that is the target of this master's degree dedicated to project management.
Our subject: the construction of an offshore wind farm. It was a fake of course, but we were expected to deliver many deliverables.
The module was organized as follows:
Introductory course, intended to familiarize us with the subject and explain the expectations. Then every week 1 or 2 modules, at a rate of 3 hours per module. These modules were used either to investigate a particular theme, with external speakers working on the development of such a project, or to challenge our project with the two supervisors: the director of the master's degree Mr Louis - François Durret and Mr Pierre Aubry.
Thus, during the sessions, our teams of 3 to 5 students had to:
- Choose the location of the park
- Dimension the technical solution
- Draw up a first investment memo
- Choose our suppliers and organize our supply chain
- Establish the organization of the project
- Realize the planning
- Identify the risks and create a risk management plan
- Establish relationships with stakeholders
- Manage a potential crisis (from supplier failure to a new epidemic)
- Present the whole project
This module is one of my favorites for several reasons. First of all, the topic: having a current topic is always more interesting because you feel you are contributing to something useful and the discussions are easily enriched by current developments (e.g., the launch of the latest generation turbines). Personally, I was also seduced by this type of project (aesthetics, interface with nature - sea management in this case). Then, having had a previous professional experience far from the realization (consulting, social sciences oriented), to plunge in the heart of an industrial project, with all its complexity, opened new perspectives and enriched me. Finally, in retrospect, my current work is quite similar to what was asked of us during the master's degree: structuring the development of hydrogen stations for mobility. Having been at the end of a project development process is a great help: I have an overall vision of a project, which allows me to stay on course, to prioritize actions, and to identify the subjects for which particular vigilance is required. I have no doubt that without the master's degree I would have needed much more time to build this vision!
The last point to underline is the work format: a fairly dense case study, in teams, with serious presentations, allows a healthy emulation between teammates and teams and to learn a lot from one's peers, because a large panel of skills is solicited, given the scope of the subject and the variety of deliverables to be produced. The sessions with external speakers were also always very stimulating.
For all these reasons, I am now very satisfied to have followed this module and benefit from it on a daily basis.