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Renewable energy roadshow – A training project in renewable energy power systems for remote areas of Western Australia

Dubey, O.P., Lyon, K., Jennings, P., Dawson, I., Paskulich, J. and Gray, E. (2003) Renewable energy roadshow – A training project in renewable energy power systems for remote areas of Western Australia. In: Destination renewables : from research to market. proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, 26 - 29 November, Melbourne, Australia pp. 555-559.

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The Renewable Energy Roadshow was a series of five one-day training courses covering Introduction to Remote Area Power Supply (RAPS) systems, Energy Management for RAPS, RAPS Installation &Maintenance, RAPS Standards and Solar Water Pumping. The project was supported and funded by the Sustainable Energy Development Office of Western Australia (SEDO) and the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP). The Australian Co-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) implemented the project in conjunction with Central TAFE. These courses were offered in Perth, Broome, Port Hedland, Carnarvon, Esperance and Kalgoorlie during October 2002 – March 2003.

These one-day training courses were developed to address important needs of users of renewable energy based power and water pumping systems and members of the local renewable energy industry. The aim was to raise awareness and improve expertise amongst installers, designers, maintainers and users of Remote Area Power Supply Systems (RAPS) in order to improve reliability and performance of these systems. The courses were tailored to suit the individual needs of expected participants. The RAPS Standards course was based on guidelines developed by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). All of the courses were successfully delivered by Central TAFE staff with support from ACRE's education team in Perth. The courses were carefully evaluated and the feedback from the remote communities was collected and analysed. This paper presents the objectives of this training project, the content of the training courses, the constraints experienced in course delivery and the lessons learnt from the project.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
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