Duration: 2 Days
This BPEC course is designed to educate and inform those interested in renewable and sustainable energy (heat & electrical producing) technologies.
The BPEC Renewable Energy Awareness course covers:
- Getting started, cost of fuel, climate change and energy efficiency
- Solar thermal water heating
- Domestic scale biomass systems
- Heat pumps
- Wind power
- Photovoltaic systems
- Micro hydro
The aim of the course is to give background knowledge of each of these technologies, to explain what each will do and will not do and to cover costs, payback periods and grants that may be available. Those wishing to know more after attending this course can progress to either the Full or Defined Scope technology specific courses depending upon their existing skills and qualifications. For example a heating engineer could undertake the full Solar Thermal Hot Water course whilst an architect could undertake the Defined Scope Solar Thermal Hot Water course.
Upon completion it is expected that candidates will be able to:
- Identify which renewable energy option(s) might be appropriate in different circumstances
- Explain which applications can be met by each technology, e.g space heating, power generation, hot water heating
- Explain the various motivations for using renewable energy
- List energy efficiency home improvements and behaviours
- Distinguish between different types of system
- Understand how systems and their components work
- Know where to access grants and the levels available for each technology
- Calculate typical costs (including installation, running costs, savings and payback times)
- Understand the issues to consider when installing technologies in the domestic market (sizing, storage, grid connection, maintenance)
- Understand planning and building control issues
- Identify the cost and CO2 savings for each technology
There are no prerequisites required in order to attend this course.