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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Renewable energy courses website



Here's some more details for those interested in training and courses in renewable energy, on the Oil & Gas Soft Skills website:

http://www.og-softskills.com/course_det.php?c_id=16

Do you know that…

  • Investment in new renewable power capacity in both 2008 and 2009 represented over half of total global investment in new power generation?
  • Renewables comprised fully one quarter of global power capacity from all sources and delivered 18% of global electricity supply in 2009?
  • More money is being invested in new renewable energy capacity than in new fossil fuel capacity?
  • More than half of the existing renewable power capacity is now in developing countries?
Come and be part of the fastest growing energy business in the world today. The demand for renewable energy is drawing global attention and the industry's future is bright. Renewable energy represents a tremendous opportunity for professionals looking to start or grow their business.

In partnership with RENAC AG of Germany the Renewable Energy Academy of West Africa is committed to building the required capacity for a sustainable industry by offering quality training programs across West Africa.
COURSE CONTENT

Overview of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) Technologies
  • Global market trends, market share and segments
  • System sizes, specifications and regulations
  • Funding schemes for Renewable energies
  • Case studies in funding schemes
Photovoltaics (PV) Systems
  • Basics of PV systems
  • Terms and definitions, peak power, cell types and efficiency, temperature sensitivity
  • Different technologies and components
  • Application of off-grid and grid-connected PV systems
  • Operations and maintenance issues for insurance and risk management
  • Developments in the global PV market
Introduction to Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  • Background – Concept of CDM
  • Allowable projects
  • Project cycle
  • CDM gold standard
Renewable Energy Project Financing
  • Financial Analysis steps
  • Risk/Return Profile
  • Project Finance
  • Project due diligence
Wind Energy
  • The wind resource
  • Wind energy principles
  • Basics of wind energy power systems
  • Types of wind turbines – large/small; grid-tied/stand alone
  • Project assessment and yield calculation
  • Wind project planning and financing
  • Software overview
  • Wind energy global market development
Bioenergy & Biogas Plants
  • Basics of bioenergy
  • Biogas technology
  • Grid-connected plants
  • Small scale applications
  • Different production processes
  • Market development
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Software overview
Biofuels
  • Sources – eg rapeseed, jatropha
  • Production process
  • Applications and costs
  • Market development
  • Second generation biofuels
Lights and Appliances, Charge Controllers and Batteries
  • lights – efficacy and efficiency
  • DC and AC appliances
  • Charge controllers – functions and wiring
  • Battery – principles, types, wiring, sizing and safety
Project Economics Hybrid Systems
  • PVGIS Demonstration
  • Introduction to HOMER Software
  • Optimization of hybrid RE Systems
Off-grid Systems Practical Workshop & Site Visit
  • DC circuits
  • Measuring PV modules
  • System assembly and wiring
  • Comparison of power consumption and lighting options
  • Wind measurements – assessment of wind force and output of wind turbines



Start Date :Tue 12th Apr, 2011 Course Fee :$2150.00
Seating Capacity :30 Duration :4 Day(s)
Venue :
City :Accra


Further details at:

http://www.og-softskills.com/course_det.php?c_id=16

Courses in Renewable Energy



The following courses are now scheduled

Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies, Berlin, Germany

Run by the Renewables Academy in Berlin, this course is 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 installing renewable energy systems in both urban or rural settings. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own projects. Ideal for newcomers to the industry. The course is aimed at an international audience and will be in English.

Dates: 18-20 May 2011

PDF giving course content and registrations details can be downloaded here

http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/pdf/RENAC_Introduction_to_Renewable_Energy_Course_3_Days.pdf

Solar Electricity Installation Course - Off-grid Applications, Berlin, Germany

This five-day intensive course on the design and installation stand-alone / off-grid solar electric systems (not grid-connected) is run by RENAC, the Renewables Academy in Berlin. 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 will include numerous practical sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own projects. The course is aimed at an international audience and will be in English.

Dates: 2-6 May 2011

PDF giving course content and registrations details can be downloaded here

http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/pdf/RENAC_Solar_Off-grid_Course_5_Days.pdf

Earthscan is now launching the Earthscan Expert Series, a major new book series providing clear, practical information for people who want to work with environmentally friendly low-carbon technologies. From specific handbooks to more general guides, each highly illustrated title is essential reading for professionals keen to expand their skills base and take advantage of the low carbon revolution. More information at http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk

Green Dragon Energy

tel: + 49 (0) 30 486 249 98 (Office/Berlin)

email: info@greendragonenergy.co.uk

website: http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk

Earthscan Publishing



The Earthscan Expert series – a new series of books on renewable energy

Earthscan has launched the Earthscan Expert Series, a major new book series providing clear, practical information for people who want to work with environmentally friendly low-carbon technologies. From specific handbooks to more general guides, each highly illustrated title is essential reading for professionals keen to expand their skills base and take advantage of the low carbon revolution.

A 20% discount is available

To receive the 20% discount on all purchases type or paste the discount code GDE20 into the voucher code box in your Earthscan shopping cart when ordering.

You can see the contents, layout and samples pages of most of the books using the Google Preview facility.

SOLAR DOMESTIC WATER HEATING - a new publication in the Earthscan Expert series. An excellent introduction to the technology. Covers how it works, different types of systems, types of collectors - both flat plate und evacuated tubes, types of storage tanks and other accessories, system layouts, system design and economic aspects, fully illustrated, published 2010, 192 pages, £34.95.

Available at: http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/swh.htm

STAND-ALONE SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS - a new publication in the Earthscan Expert series. The book for the designer and installer of off-grid solar systems. Covers most aspects of off-grid solar systems, including solar energy fundamentals, components (modules, controllers, inverters, batteries), design and sizing, as well as water pumping. Provides knowledge needed to design and install a range of off-grid systems, fully illustrated, published 2010, 224 pages, £34.95.

Available at: http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/pv.htm

WOOD PELLET HEATING SYSTEMS - a new publication in the Earthscan Expert series. Covers how wood pellet heating works, different types of systems - from small living room stove systems to larger central heating systems for institutions, installation guidelines, system design and wood pellet manufacture, fully illustrated, published 2010, 176 pages, £34.95.

Available at http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/biofuel.htm

SUSTAINABLE HOME REFURBISHMENT - a new publication in the Earthscan Expert series. Renewable energy requires efficient energy use. This fully packed book covers most aspects of retrofitting homes for efficiency, fully illustrated, published 2010, 256 pages, £34.95.

Available at http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk/technologies.htm

Other books are also available on the website

Earthscan is now launching the Earthscan Expert Series, a major new book series providing clear, practical information for people who want to work with environmentally friendly low-carbon technologies. From specific handbooks to more general guides, each highly illustrated title is essential reading for professionals keen to expand their skills base and take advantage of the low carbon revolution. More information at http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk

Green Dragon Energy

tel: + 49 (0) 30 486 249 98 (Office/Berlin)

email: info@greendragonenergy.co.uk

website: http://www.greendragonenergy.co.uk

Friday, 1 April 2011

Vestas ready to build 7MW offshore wind turbine



http://www.theengineer.co.uk/1008087.article?cmpid=TE01&cmptype=newsletter&cmpdate=010411&email=true

Reusing spent nuclear fuel could cut costs of new power stations says King



Recycling spent fuel could cut costs of building new power stations and also prove to be less expensive that safely disposing of it and using new fuel, says UK former Chief Science Adviser Sir David King.

http://www.theengineer.co.uk/1008076.article?cmpid=TE01&cmptype=newsletter&cmpdate=010411&email=true

David McKay's estimate of onshore wind energy



This is an extract from McKay's book Sustainable Energy Without The Hot Air

Potential energy from onshore wind in the UK can be calculated by multiplying the average power per unit of land area covered by a wind farm by the area per person (population density) thus arriving at the power available per person from wind.

Assuming the wind speed is 6 metres per second (13 miles per hour or 22 km/h), the power per unit area of a wind farm is 2W per square metre. In reality the figure of 6 metres per second is probably an over estimate for many locations in Britain, Cambridge only recorded such a figure on about 30 occasions during the course of 2006.

The population density is about 250 people per square kilometre which is 4000 square meters per person. Therefore wind could generate (assuming the 6 metres per second figure for wind speed) 8000 W per person.

This is assuming that wind turbines stretched across the entire country.

If you convert that figure to the commonly used unit for power (kilowatt-hour which is termed one unit on electricity bills and costs about 10 pence) that is 200 kilowatt hours per day per person.

If we imagine only 10% of the country being covered by wind turbines, that reduces the figure to 20 kWh/d per person. This is half the power used to drive an average fossil-fuel car for 50km per day.

Therefore energy generated by onshore wind is much less than our current consumption of energy.

Compared to other countries, the wind turbines needed to generate 20 kWh/d per person would be fifty times the current wind energy hardware of Denmark and seven times that of Germany. Essentially, double the entire fleet of wind turbines in the world.

Energy & Environment Dates 2012