The highlight of the week has been visiting a fire station with renewable energy systems integral to its design. This building used a combination of technologies and it was interesting to see actual energy production figures, compared to the predicted figures. The building was owned by a community group and it was inspiring to see what such a group can achieve.

As a plumber it has been essentially important to have the opportunity to learn / revise basic electrics before we go on through the course. The course includes not only theory and practical sessions, but also gives a detailed insight into the causes of climate change, together with current legislation and regulations.

Every workshop has been relevant to what I see myself doing in the future. Whatever field of work you come from, this is a holistic course, which will have everyone involved in renewable energy working from the same page.

Will March

It was very interesting to see the concept at the Fire Station, energy lost and gained with insulation, the building regulations with the different codes and ratings. The Global Carbon Chart was very interesting. To see the truth of pollution and global warming, what you never hear in the media.

Oliver  Baumann

The visit to the very efficient renewable energy Fire Station at Ellenfeld was a great  chance to see renewable energy working in a practical situation. The design engineer was on site to explain the actual working of the different plant and equipment. She also explained how the community play a major part of the decision making and have also been allowed to use the fire station for community purposes. It is being used more often than initially intended, proving  it is a success.

The field trip to the fire station to see a working example of a renewable energy system. The design engineer used the money saving to show the use and benefits of renewable energy, to be able to ask her questions directly was also a benefit.

Michael Starrs

This week’s highlight is being interesting. The exhibition around the placement showing installation of solar thermal and solar pv and how effiencient it is to save energy.

The tour round the local fire station has been a good eye opener to how the solar energy can be converted from sun to generating heat in the building, and from wind to room temperature can be measured and reused.

That China isn’t the polluting, not willing to embrace new ideas nation the press portray them to be, my opinion has swung the opposite way!

All the lessons has been interesting. From the buildings regulation to the impact of co2 emission in the different part of country, the global carbon charts and I have enjoyed the theory of understanding  the prediction of the estimated values by the government

The installation of solar thermal pv panel and the inspecting and testing of the equipment.

I believe basic lessons in ecology and how renewable technologies work, would change many peoples opinions.   Certainly talking to my parents and their friends there is a basic lack of understanding, seeing green technologies as something less important than say healthcare, education, crime etc when in fact if more was spent on green ideas it would help many of the problems the country has.

I think everyone should be educated about the solar thermal. Its true that few people are ignorant to the fact of renewable energy source been used, the government should enforce the potential advantages of solar energy as part of school programs. Maybe right from primary school just like maths and English. Because its can recreate opportunity for jobs worldwide.

Inca Williams

We did an excursion to an installation in a local fire station. It had a lot of thought and a clever design to make it as environmentally friendly and cost effective as possible. They compared several different micro generation systems and heating systems. In the end they use a combined PV system with integrated air warming system to provide space heating.

That China per person emits over 50% less carbon then the UK and 75% less then USA. The history of carbon and the different outputs from different countries has opened up my eyes to the responsibility we have to developing nations and with the UK climate change bill recently passed we are helping to lead the way.

Fergal McEntee

 

The public in the UK simply aren’t educated enough about renewable technologies and their potential. The only time
the mass public come face to face with anything green is through recycling which for many is a hassle they would
rather not have. I believe basic lessons in ecology and how renewable technologies work, would change many
peoples opinions. Certainly talking to my parents and their friends there is a basic lack of understanding, seeing green
technologies as something less important than say healthcare, education, crime etc when in fact if more was spent on
green ideas it would help many of the problems the country has.

 

Sam Sparks

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