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Renewable Energy Systems

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    Mon 18th - Fri 22nd Aug 2014.
    Course starts at 2pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £600, Low Waged £500, Concessions £375.

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Who is the course for?

Renewable Energy Systems looks at the breadth of technologies available to harness energy from wind, water, solar and biomass, as well as the use of heat pumps.

This course is suitable for professional development or anyone with an interest in getting an overview of renewable technologies.
Also useful for those wishing to know which renewable technology to pursue for their properties, and to find out whether they are receiving the best advice from professionals.

The course delivers a thorough understanding of Renewable Energy Systems through practical and theoretical sessions, with tours of CAT’s extensive on-site renewable systems.
Students learn skills ranging from how to assess a site for wind, to basic plumbing skills for solar hot water panel installation.
Practical and financial considerations will also be discussed.
Practical sessions accompany classroom based learning to make this overview of Renewable Energy Systems dynamic and diverse.

Whilst looking at all renewable energy systems in detail the course will help to answer some interesting questions…
• Which renewable energy system is most suitable for my site?
• What about the ‘other renewable’?
• Why are perpetual machines impossible?

Students can expect to leave the course with a thorough working knowledge of all commonly utilised domestic renewable systems including;
• Which renewable energy systems are most suitable for particular sites.
• Practical considerations for installation and maintenance.

It will also enable students to decide which technology is technically and economically feasible for a given project.

Testimonials include:-
“I found a it a really good overview of all the issues that you will have to take into consideration.”

“I think the balance was right between practical and theory.”
“A really good mix of knowledge and practical experience and really nice delivery.”

Taught by CAT Engineers and specialists including: Dr. Arthur Butler and Adam Tyler.

Arthur is a tutor and lecturer on the REBE MSc course, and lectures and runs practical sessions on wind power on the AEES MSc.
He offers technical advice about experiment design, equipment and datalogging.
He also teaches on a variety of other subjects on short courses at CAT.
Additionally he works in the Engineering department at CAT, with a specialism in system control and monitoring.

Adam is CAT's Renewable's expert.
As one of our engineers and is responsible for all the heating systems on site.
He is responsible for designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining our new Biomass teaching room.
He has a Masters in Engineering from Lancaster University and also completed a MSC in our Renewable Energy in the Built Environment here at CAT.

Tobi Kellner- Renewable energy consultant as CAT

Course runs from Mon 18th - Fri 22nd Aug 2014.
Course starts at 2pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
Course fee including full board accommodation:-
Waged £600, Low Waged £500, Concessions £375.

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

To reserve a place on one of our courses, choose one of the following options:

• Online: Click on the “Book online” button either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• By telephone: Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 with your credit card details.
• By post: Firstly, call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 to check availability and then post cheque to:

Short courses
Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due two weeks before the start of the course.

Course Fees and Concessions
We offer concessions rates where stated for some courses, concessions apply to unemployed, retired or full-time students.

Our course fees include VAT, full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Cancellation Policy
We regret that except in cases of illness, we will make the following cancellation charges:
a) more than two weeks before the course - half the fee forfeit.
b) less than two weeks before the course - the full fee forfeit.

The deposit is non refundable in most circumstances.

However, the Centre reserves the right to cancel any courses, deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen. .

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