In the course, we will look at various forms of renewable energy which can be applied on a small scale - wind energy, hydro energy, solar heating, solar electricity, wood fuel - and evaluate their pros and cons. We will then focus on solar electricity, which was long hampered by high cost but has now become very competitive. Different systems will be introduced and discussed; grid-connected with and without battery storage; off-grid; combination with other energy sources; quality, prices and maintenance of components; guidelines for appropriate system layout. We will also wire up a small PV system (off-grid), that may be permanently included in a structure at The Organic Centre.
Please note this is an ONLINE course