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Energy Provision (inc Renewable Energy)

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    Mon 12th - Sat 17th March 2018.
    Course starts at 6pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £700, Low Waged / Concessions £625.

  • Dates, Times & Fees

Course details

Join students on CAT's MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation to learn about how energy is provided in the 21st century. Understand the environmental and social benefits and limitations of what already exists, and which the better choices are for you.

Explore the different environmental impacts of renewables; their carbon emissions; the technology of different renewables, how they work and how to look after them.

During this week long course, you will develop an understanding of:

The need to reduce energy use.

How the uptake of renewables is affected by factors like: distribution, storage, supply and demand management, efficiency improvements, the market, planning processes, social and cultural aspects, governmental policy and financial support mechanisms.

You will explore these technologies in depth:

• Wind

• Photovoltaic

• Solar thermal, Heat Pumps and District heating

• Hydroelectric (including marine)

• Biomass and Biofuels

• Technological, Economic and Environmental Considerations related to other Technologies (such as Nuclear, Carbon Capture and Storage)

• Distribution (e.g. the national grid) and storage options (such as batteries, pumped water storage), including their future potential.

You will also look at:

• Resource availability and limitations

• Policy and economics issues (using UK for example)

• Planning, social and legislative aspects of energy provision

• Energy security

• Environmental impacts, waste implications and sustainability limits of low environmentally impacting technologies

Things you need to know


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.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

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

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

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

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

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

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

Course Fees.

Start Date

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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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