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New approaches to renewable energy education

Jennings, P., Lund, C. and O'Mara, K. (2000) New approaches to renewable energy education. In: Solar 2000: Renewable Energy Transforming Business, 38th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, 29 November - 1 December, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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The rapid expansion of the renewable energy industry is producing a huge demand for welltrained professional people to design, install and maintain new systems. There is also a substantial need for policy analysts, researchers and teachers with experience in renewables. Many professional people are now seeking to move their career paths into the renewable energy field and they require advanced, on-the-job training. It is no longer sufficient to add a few topics or units on renewables to a conventional science or engineering course. Renewable energy education is emerging as a new discipline in its own right, with its own interdisciplinary curriculum that meets the criteria for sustainable development. Educating the community is also vital for creating a greater awareness of, and confidence in, renewable energy systems, and for training people to use them properly.

This paper describes some new approaches to renewable energy education that seek to meet the needs of industry and society for high-quality, environmentally friendly and socially responsible energy supply systems.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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