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Energy Generation from Solar

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    Mon 16th - Sat 21st April 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.

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Course details

This week-long deep-dive in to solar energy generation is part of CAT’s new degree course.
Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management.

Your highly experienced tutors will give you an in-depth understanding of the technological, environmental and social benefits and limitations of solar power generation.

You’ll also form a critical appreciation of the function, technological aspects, resource potential, limitations, maintenance needs, associated carbon emissions and environmental impacts of solar power technologies.

Lecture topics include:

• Principles and practice of solar energy generation;
• Solar resource - availability and limitations, both in the UK and internationally;
• Principles of photovoltaic modelling;
• Policy and economics issues, planning, social and legislative aspects of energy provision from solar;
• Solar thermal technologies for providing heat and power generation;
• Including combined heat and power, biomass, heat pumps solar thermal and district heating.

By the end of the week you’ll be able to systematically analyse solar energy resource availability in relation to demand trends, and to critically appraise using these sources of energy locally or at distance through grid or storage networks.

Your experienced tutors will introduce you to the wider community of Masters students working in the field of sustainability which could open up a world of networking opportunities.

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.

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

There are spaces available on this course.

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