Youth Energy Academy

28 October - 3 November 2019

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT-RRCAP) and the Sustainable Energy Youth Network (SEYN), with the support of the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, are organizing the Youth Energy Academy that will place at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathum Thani, Thailand, between 28 October and 3 November 2019.

Why a Youth Energy Academy?

Communities and cities in Asia are already experiencing the consequences of climate change. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all needs a faster and more inclusive energy transition. With a growing population, higher energy demand and increasingly harsher climate change impacts, Asia needs to focus more on decentralized renewable energy (DRE) approaches.  DRE provides crosscutting benefits, including providing energy to the many millions of people that still lack access, especially in rural and inaccessible areas such as small islands, while also offering possibilities for community development.

The challenges, the scale of changes required, and the potential benefits of more citizen participation call for different forms of engagement from the individual to collective levels. The Youth Energy Academy explores these opportunities, highlighting the new role of the “prosumer” (producer + consumer), renewable energy community groups and cooperatives, entrepreneurship, and others, from practical perspective.

Young people have a crucial stake in the future. For their energy and creativity, there is great potential in involving young women and men in the energy transition, regardless of their background, educational or professional path. In efforts to address the gender gap in energy issues, we encourage young women to apply.

Where and when?

The Academy will take place in the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology, in Pathum Thani, Thailand (40km north of Bangkok), between 28 October and 3 November 2019.

What’s on?  

The 7-Day Youth Energy Academy will consist of:

- Theoretical morning sessions that aim to provide background on the social, technical, policy and financial considerations of decentralized renewable energy approaches, as outlined below:

Day 1           The Energy Trilemma

Climate Change, Energy Access, and Development

Day 2           Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE)

Technologies in addressing the Energy Trilemma


Day 3           People Power

The role of individuals & communities in DRE: Examples from Thailand and around the globe


Day 4           DRE on the ground

Field trip to a local DRE project


Day 5           Social Business

The role of social entrepreneurship models for renewable energy


Day 6          Mobilizing resources

Sources of funding for CRE and tips for drafting quality project proposals

Day 7           From idea to reality

Lessons learned from CRE Project Implementation: drivers & barriers for success   


- Practical Afternoon sessions throughout the week will be dedicated to hands-on workshops where participants can build simple solar energy systems to be shared with nearby communities.

- Informal evening sessions will provide an additional learning opportunity to learn through interaction in a social and informal atmosphere.



The Academy will use participative, non-formal, and empowering methods aiming to boost creativity and inspire action. The cases and examples showed will come from knowledgeable, like-minded people, while also being realistic by illustrating the many challenges that are inherent to all projects.

The morning sessions will use interactive presentations, group discussions, case studies and a field trip to show a real-life community energy project. Afternoon workshops will give participants the opportunity to build their own solar energy systems using "Do-it-Yourself" (DIY) and "Do-it-Together" (DIT) approaches, appropriate technology and open source available designs, while evenings will create a space for debating and networking with practitioners and experts, working informally in groups, or watching documentary films on relevant topics.

Who will attend?

A diverse group of around 20 young male and female participants, from countries in South and Southeast Asia*, who can demonstrate passion and commitment to advance renewable energy, sustainability, community development, entrepreneurship, climate action, or related topics. Participants should be active or planning to take an active role in advancing sustainability in their communities.


Full scholarships will cover the costs of travel, shared on-campus accommodation**, food, materials, and training and activities for selected participants. 

* Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam and Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Application Process

Applications for the 1st Youth Energy Academy have closed with around 800 applicants. 


For more information on the application process please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Selected participants can find out more here.


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Frequently asked questions

What is the geographical coverage of the Youth Energy Academy?

The Youth Energy Academy targets nationals of the South and Southeast Asia region, namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, and Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka. Applicants must reside in the region.

How can I apply for a full scholarship to attend the training?

If you are a national, residing in one of the above mentioned countries in South and SE Asia you are automatically eligible for a scholarship and there is nothing else you need to do.

What’s included in the scholarship?

All training costs and materials, travel, on-campus accommodation (in a shared double rooms) and all meals are covered.

Please note that accommodation will not be included for selected participants that are currently enrolled and residing in AIT.

I am national of one of the countries listed above, but I do not live there. Can I still apply for a full scholarship?

Priority will be given to candidates from the above-mentioned countries, currently living in the region. However, the Selection Panel will also consider other aspects mentioned in the application form (such as relevance of previous experience and the potential to apply the skills acquired) during the selection process. Travel expenses to/from countries outside the region will not be covered by the scholarship.

Is there a course fee for the Energy Academy?

No, there is no fee to attend the Youth Energy Academy and all training costs are waived for selected participants.

When and how will the selected participants be notified?

The selection process will be carried out in August and September, and the selected participants will be contacted by email by the end of September. Please refrain from spontaneously contacting the organizers to make enquiries about the status of applications.

I am a student at AIT. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, absolutely, and you should! We encourage eligible students to apply. Plus, one of the reasons for doing the Academy at AIT is to involve the students, faculty and alumni community.

I have no experience with renewable energy and I don’t even know exactly how electricity works. Can I still apply?

Yes, of course. The Energy Academy aims to be as inclusive as possible, no prior knowledge or experience is required, just a desire to learn and participate actively in all sessions. In effect, one of the aims of this programme is to show people that everybody can take action, small or big, in addressing the climate and energy challenges.

I have studied energy and have previous knowledge about electricity. Is this course still relevant for me?

Yes! The approach used in the Youth Energy Academy will be quite different from usual academic classes, and previous workshops have shown that even participants with engineering/energy backgrounds find the sessions interesting and contribute in a positive way. The uniqueness of the Youth Energy Academy lies in the diversity and richness that participants of all backgrounds bring with them.

I cannot find an answer to my question

If you still have questions regarding the Energy Academy please contact us at: (662) 516-2124

What will be covered at the Energy Academy?

The Energy Academy in Thailand will benefit from the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT-RRCAP) and its extensive experience in delivering capacity building programmes in Asia. The programme will build on the innovative concept developed and led in Europe by the Sustainable Energy Youth Network (SEYN) during Energy Academies and Mastercourses, adapting it to the Asian region. The programme is being tailored specifically to this regional context, but will cover many aspects of decentralized renewable energy, its role in climate mitigation, and mostly its positive impacts in community development and resilience. Theoretical sessions will introduce participants to different technologies, policy considerations, governance approaches, and financing alternatives. Practical sessions will offer hands-on workshops on building energy applications. Evening activities, debates, and a site visit will offer additional and fun opportunities for learning.. If you want to see examples of what has happened in similar events in the past please check SEYN’s website. SEYN’s website.