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Reference Number 2002-9-49-4-5
Title Photovoltaic Installer Training
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 30%;
Applied Research and Development 70%;
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Education) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr J Bates
No email address given
IT Power Ltd
Award Type 3
Funding Source Carbon Trust
Start Date 01 July 2003
End Date 30 August 2004
Duration 14 months
Total Grant Value £74,730
Industrial Sectors
Region South East
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr J Bates , IT Power Ltd (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Institute for Sustainable Power . Europe (ISPQ). (0.001%)
Project Contact , The Northern Energy Initiative (TNEI) (0.001%)
Project Contact , Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
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Objectives The main technical objective of the project is to improve the quality and expand significantly the availability of training for PV installers in the UK. The project will create a City & Guilds course to train electricians in the installation and maintenance of PV systems, and provide part of a second route for accrediting installers working under the DTI Solar Grants Scheme
Abstract The generation of electricity from solar panels is feasible in the UK climate, although technologies such as solar photovoltaics are estimated to account for just 0.0005% of UK energy generation (Reference Year 2000). In contrast with the use of fossil and nuclear fuels, the operation of PV systems has no fuel costs, CO2 emissions, airborne pollution or process wastes. PV systems are adaptable in that they can be installed on the roofs and facades of domestic and commercial buildings, thusproviding a localised energy source to meet part of the electricity needs. To reduce the current high costs of PV, the market requires expansion in order to benefit from economies of scale. Currently, the UK does not have enough trained installers to implement large-scale deployment of this technology, particularly in some areas of the country. The project's fundamental aim is to help overcome this barrier by providing a key component of a secondary accreditation route into the DTI-fundedSolar Grants Scheme. This Scheme ensures high quality installations by using accredited installers, where accreditation is based on track records of successful installations and client references. By supporting and providing a route into the DTI Scheme, the project will encourage a greater number of electricians to gain good quality knowledge and experience of installations, therefore assisting the DTI Scheme in achieving its aims. In addition, the project will use links with successful European PV installation training and accreditation programmes, forged under the EU Altener programme, to assure the quality of UK training. The core components of the project are to: develop teaching packs for FE Colleges develop a "train the trainers" programme pilot, then develop and implement a full City & Guilds roll-out programme develop an accreditation programme for PV trainin
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