Training for certification as a Certified Renewable Energy Professional (REP) at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) always comes with a welcome bonus for candidates as they enjoy the vast variety of site visits to experience renewable and alternative energy solutions first hand, as well as research facilities available in the friendly city.
NMU and the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) have over the last 3 years teamed up to present the REP program of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in Port Elizabeth with Dr Sean Poole from NMU being the accredited AEE trainer for REP. Port Elizabeth is a favourite training site for REP due to the added excursions for trainees at no additional costs. This year the group travelled in the electric Joule vehicles from NMU to Van Stadens to visit the wind farms, whereafter they stopped over for a tour of the Rhino House in Crossways for lunch sponsored by the Rhino Group, which is the epitome of a house operating completely off the grid. A visit to the algae plant, eYuilo mobility facility, solar research centre and the wind research, as well as the battery research facility added great value to experience renewable and alternative energy solutions in action.
The REP theory modules were presented at NMU and the syllabus and exam covers a variety of alternatives to generate energy including hydropower, geothermal, large scale alternative utility systems, solar thermal systems, PV systems, biomass with integrated gasifier-genset, biofuels, waste-to-energy, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen gas vehicles, energy storage combinations with renewable generations, among a myriad of others.
The REP training covers a packed program during three days delving into the causes and effects of sustainability problems, energy categories, energy intensity of economics, solutions to carbon reduction, renewable energy projections, principles of urban sustainability, some history on the various protocols, carbon credits and offsets, carbon calculators, carbon economics and management, energy storage applications, alternative energy strategies for buildings, renewable fuels like vegetable oils, synthetic gas, compressed gas, methanol, fuel cells, with a host of other topics and financial and business case considerations.
The next REP course with all the practical visits to the wind farm, Rhino House, algae plant etc will take place in Port Elizabeth at Nelson Mandela University from 19-23 November 2018. Plan ahead, and attend one of the most enjoyable courses we present.
The next REP course in Port Elizabeth is in November 2018. Visit the calendar for dates and prices.