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Education UK: Introduction to Renewable Energy Weekend courses
Posted by on 2006-08-31 12:58:55
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The Introduction to Renewable Energy Weekend courses gives an overview of renewable energy technology and outlines the basic principles of solar electricity, solar water heating, wind power, micro-hydro, biomass and heat pumps and their application in urban and rural environments. The courses are aimed at those in the business, non-profit, public and academic sectors who wish to get a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy technologies, as well as those wishing to install renewable energy systems in both urban or rural settings. The emphasis is on how things work and what it is practicable to do, and participants have the opportunity to discuss their own projects. At the end of the course participants should be able to do initial designs for renewable energy systems.

A list of some of the people/organisations who have attended this course in the past can be found at

The following renewable energy courses are now scheduled:

  • Introduction to Renewable Energy Courses, Wales
  • Wind & Solar Electricity Course, England
  • Also, a new book, Photovoltaics for Professionals, is now available.
    Other courses have yet to be scheduled.
    (For details of all these see below!)

    INTRODUCTION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY COURSE, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

    Three-day long Introduction to Renewable Energy Weekend Courses at the Centre of Continuing Education, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in Mid-Wales.

    Dates: Friday 17, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 2006.
    Starts 10.00 on Friday, ends at 15.00 on Sunday.

    Course themes: Overview of Renewable Technologies, Electricity, Power & Energy, Solar Electricity, Solar Water Heating, Wind Power, Micro-hydro, Biomass, Heatpumps, System design and sizing.

    Cost: £135 (accommodation not included)
    Venue: The Old School, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

    To register for this course contact: Please mention you read this on Future Energies.

    Beth Freeman,
    University of Wales
    Tel: 01970 622 777
    An on-line enrolment form can be found at

    For information regarding course contents contact:

    Frank Jackson
    Tel: + 49 (0) 30 486 249 98 (currently in Berlin)

    Accommodation: a range of accommodation, from hotels to guest houses to hostels, is available in Aberystwyth. The Tourist office can be found at Aberystwyth is a small university town. The beach is five minutes by foot from the course venue and there is no shortage of restaurants, bars and cafés. The Centre of Alternative Technology is about 16 miles away and well worth a visit.

    WIND & SOLAR ELECTRICITY COURSE, near Milton Keynes, England

    This weekend course provides an overview of the basic principles and the technology of solar and wind electrical systems. The emphasis will be on how things work and what it is practicable to do, and participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own projects. No previous electrical knowledge necessary. Covers circuit design including cable sizes, connections, fuses and batteries; inverters – converting to 240V AC; sizing systems and maintenance issues. The course includes some practical sessions.

    Venue: Low Impact Living Initiative, near Milton Keynes.
    See for further information.

    Dates: Friday 10 November - Sunday 12 November
    Arrive: Friday evening at 18.30 for dinner at 19.30
    Depart: Sunday after lunch (served at 13.00)

    Accommodation: 3-4 people sharing single-sex rooms

    Cost: £180 high-waged; £150 waged; £120 student / unwaged
    Deposit: £25 (non-refundable); full payment required two weeks prior to course


    Describes the practicalities of marketing, designing and installing photovoltaic systems, both grid-tied and stand-alone. Written for electricians, technicians, builders, architects and building engineers. Provides designers and installers with the practical specialist knowledge needed to design and install systems and gives a comprehensive overview of the major photovoltaic market sectors. Over 100 full colour illustrations, 216 pages. Just published. 76 euros (incl. post & packaging). Translated and adapted from the German for the English-language market by Frank Jackson. Just published in Berlin. Also available in German, French, Italian and Spanish. For further details contact ( please mention Future Energies )


    This five-day intensive course is for stand-alone solar electric systems (not grid-connected). It includes numerous site visits and practicals. The course is ideal for anyone who wants to install their own solar electric system, start a solar business or seek employment in the solar industry. The course includes visits to several working solar systems and participants will have the opportunity to develop their own projects. Classes will be in English. There is also a PDF on the website which gives detailed information at

    Course contents:

    Introduction to Solar energy
    The Solar Resource - System Configurations - Solar Modules
    Solar System Design - Solar Module Mounting Structures & Arrays
    Electricity Basics - Electrical Wiring
    Electrical Instruments - Lights & Appliances
    Charge Controllers - Batteries - Fuses
    Electrical Safety - Practical Sessions
    Sizing Solar Systems - Participant Projects
    Solar Hybrid Systems, Wind & Diesel
    System Testing & Commissioning - Visits to Working Systems.
    Green Dragon Energy has run solar training courses in the UK, Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia. See

    The venue: Saint Laurent de Cerdans is a charming Catalan village in the Haut Vallespir, situated in the magnificent landscape of the French Pyrenees. It receives 300 days of sunshine a year and is less than 50km from the Costa Brava and French Mediterranean beaches. Full board (including some meals in local restaurants) and accommodation are included in the course fee. The local cuisine is French, Catalan and Spanish. Accommodation will be in holiday accommodation gites in or near the village of Saint Laurent de Cerdans.

    Course fee: 1,300 euros
    (Discounts are available on early bookings - apply to course organisers for details).

    No courses are schduled for this autumn.
    The next courses will be held in spring.
    To register an interest contact :
    Cindy Guilbert
    Les Amis de Numero Neuf (Course Organisers)
    9 rue Joseph Nivet
    Saint Laurent de Cerdans
    66260 France
    Tel/fax: +33 (0) 468 39 28 37

    For information regarding course contents contact:
    Frank Jackson
    Tel: + 49 (0) 30 486 249 98 (currently in Berlin)



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