Ableskills Renewable Energy Courses
This very lucrative industry needs qualified Installers at a very fast rate and at Able Skills, all technologies are available. The market for ‘Green Installers’ will be the place that every Plumber or Electrician will need to place their focus if they want their earning potential to double.
The drive on Renewable Technology and the support that it has been granted will ensure that ‘Green Engineers’ will have work for years to come. The potential earning power is huge within this industry but only for QUALIFIED, MCS APPROVED INSTALLERS.
Open 7 days to provide full time or part time weekend training, anything from 2 day courses to discounted packages, payment plans, no interest charged.
The simple fact is that we are responsible for producing over 40% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. Green energy is probably one of the single most important issues confronting world resources and how we must make radical changes in the way we make and use fuel and their materials in our everyday lives.
These changes directly apply to all those working in a trade construction industry, i.e. Plumbers, Electricians, Gas Installers and Builders. Skills training for the installation of energy efficient forms of heating and lighting are going to be a very necessary and vital part of a trainee student course.
Renewable technologies are widely used throughout Europe and now the UK is beginning to see the huge benefits these can bring to the homeowner, with running costs reduced as time progresses. These technologies are forging the way the UK will provide energy not just to the domestic market, but also the commercial sector.
The demand for skilled Renewable Technology Engineers is expected to be high in the future for example, according to UK Government reports, the UK needs 7 million new solar hot water installations by 2020.
With some simple energy saving home improvements, customers can save money, improve the comfort of their home and help fight climate change.
At Able Skills, we believe that we are helping to lead the way and have opened an Energy Saving Training Centre to provide the necessary approved training.
Able Skills offer accredited courses through City & Guilds, BPEC, and NICEIC which are a requirement in order to become Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) registered. Although you do not currently need to belong to an MCS scheme to fit these technologies, moving forward,
MCS registration will be a requirement in order to have access to grant funding for your customers: Feed in Tariffs (FITs), the government backed support measure, has been designed to increase the uptake of Microgeneration and help deliver the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets.
Being MCS registered will also ensure quality of product, systems and installations.
Able Skills are members of the Solar Trade Association (STA), the Ground Source Heat Pump association (GSHPA), and the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Having recently invested and developed a purpose built Renewable Technology centre, we offer the best training facilities and equipment for our customers to use. The new Renewables centre is equipped with:
• Rainwater harvesting
• Grey water harvesting
• Solar PV rigs
• Solar thermal rigs
• Air to water heat pumps
• Air to Air heat pumps
• Ground Source heat pump rigs
• Full working roof
• Wind turbine
• Underfloor heating area
• Heat recovery and ventilation systems
• Biomass boilers (coming soon)
• Quality rooms for class room based delivery
Our customers are our best advert and we take pride in the standards we achieve. This has helped us develop a high return ratio and successful working partnerships with HPS, Polypipe, Domus and Mitsubishi Electric UK who have pledged to provide an ongoing support service to our customers.
We have invested heavily in our Renewable Training Centre and have spared no expense, we have the very latest in training rigs and training aids; the Centre is set up to demonstrate every aspect of renewable technology, including:
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat provides a new and clean way of heating buildings in the UK, they use pipes buried in the garden to extract heat stored in the ground, providing one of the most energy-efficient ways of heating buildings. Beneath the surface, the ground stays at a constant temperature, so a ground source heat pump can be used throughout the year – even in the middle of winter.
This is usually used to warm water for radiators or underfloor heating systems. It can also be used to pre-heat water before it goes into a more conventional boiler. The only energy used by Ground Source Heat Pump systems is electricity to power the pumps.
Typically, a Ground Source Heat Pump will deliver 3 or 4 times as much thermal energy (heat) as is used in electrical energy to drive the system.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air Source Heat Pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to warm water for radiators or underfloor heating systems, or to warm the air in your home. These systems use similar principles to ground source heat pumps to extract heat from air or water instead of the ground.
Air source heat pumps can be fitted outside a house or in the roof space and generally perform better at slightly warmer air temperatures. Water source heat pumps can be used to provide heating in homes near to rivers, streams and lakes. It can extract heat from the air even when the outside temperature is as low as minus 15° C.
Biomass (Coming soon)
Biomass is a renewable, low carbon fuel that is already widely, and often economically available throughout the UK and its production and use also brings additional environmental and social benefits.
Correctly managed, biomass is a sustainable fuel that can deliver a significant reduction in net carbon emissions when compared with fossil fuels and Biomass can be sourced locally from within the UK. There is no region in the UK that cannot be a producer of biomass, although some have greater productivities than others.
The most popular use of biomass domestically is in wood burning stoves, systems which generally burn wood pellets, chips or logs to power central heating and hot water boilers or to provide warmth in a single room.
Modern biomass combustion systems are highly sophisticated, offering combustion efficiency and emission levels comparable with the best fossil fuel boilers.
Underfloor Hot Water Heating Systems
Underfloor warm water systems work by circulating warm water from the boiler through the floor in continuous lengths of pipe warming the entire floor area making this a large low temperature storage radiator. This room is controlled by an independent room thermostat.
Underfloor heating uses radiant heat ensuring that you feel comfortable even at a lower air temperature than that produced by a more conventional heating system. With underfloor heating all the floor is heated so no matter where you are in the room its all the same temperature.
The heat rises and surrounds you unlike traditional heating systems like radiator rises to the ceiling and slowly works its way down leaving one side of the room where your radiator is hot and the opposite side cool, this also means you have a warm head and cold feet.
For domestic hot water there are three main components: solar panels, a heat transfer system, and a hot water cylinder. Solar water heating systems use heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. Solar panels, called collectors, are fitted to a roof and these collect heat from the sun.
The heat transfer system uses the collected heat to warm water and a hot water cylinder stores the hot water that is heated during the day and supplies it for use later. A conventional boiler or immersion heater is then used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.
Rainwater Harvesting systems are designed to store large amounts of rain water that fall on your roof everyday; the water is filtered and then recycled for household and commercial use such as toilet flushing, clothes washing, cleaning vehicles and watering the garden.
The domestic systems typically enable the user to reduce their main water usage by up to 50% whilst commercial systems stand to save even more due to the typically large roof size and high demand for non-potable water.
Grey water systems are designed to distribute water that was previously supplied as ‘wholesome water’ but which has been used in washbasins, baths and showers. This water is stored in a tank where a distribution system takes it, by a pump or gravity, to toilets and/or garden taps. A mains fed back-up system will be necessary for times when supply of grey water does not meet demand.
Re-using waste water reduces drinking water and waste water costs. This re-use of water reduces the load on valuable ground water reserves as well as reducing the drainage burden. Grey water systems have the potential to save a third of domestic mains water usage.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar photovoltaic – or PV – is probably one of the most familiar types of renewable energy technology, generating electricity from light which can either be stored in batteries or fed into the national grid. PV solar panels consist of a collection of photo-electric cells, made up from one or two semi-conductor layers – typically silicon. When light shines on the solar panel, an electric field is formed across these layers – and the electricity flows.
Wind turbines take the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity. Small systems known as “microwind” or “small-wind” turbines can produce electricity to help power the lights and electrical appliances in a typical home. Wind turbines use large blades to catch the wind. When the wind blows the blades are forced round, driving a turbine which generates electricity.
The stronger the wind, the more electricity produced. If your small wind system is connected to the National Grid then you can make money by selling any generated electricity to an electricity supply company. If the turbine is not connected to the electricity grid then unused electricity can be stored in a battery for use when there is no wind.
Please visit the relevant pages of each technology to gather full details of each course, the cost and the duration.
Additional Renewable Information
In addition to the above, we offer a variety of packages and information courses as well as training to meet the pre-requisites: Either Plumbing or Electrical.
We are currently the only private training provider in the UK to own a full suite of Mobile Technology Training Rigs which means that there is not an area of Renewable Technology training that we cannot cover, either at Able Skills or on the move.
If you want to play a part within the Renewable Technologies industry, Able Skills can provide every requirement that the industry has.