The WEST Large Scale Power Generation (LSPG) theme will use the research from the LCRI project to create training courses. The original project focused on optimising energy utilisation from alternative fuels to enable better heat and/or power solutions for a range of industrial users.
Potential training opportunities include:
•	Utilising your waste or renewables: Alternative fuels
•	Efficient use of alternative liquid fuels: Atomisation and sprays
•	Improving your Efficiency: Optimised combustion concepts
•	Keeping it Green: Emissions and the environment
•	Making it Safe: Advanced risk and hazard planningThe WEST Hydrogen Technologies project addresses the training requirements for the emerging hydrogen and fuel cell industry in Wales. Spanning hydrogen transport, high efficiency stationary heat and power and hydrogen’s role for future electricity and gas infrastructure, there are a number of organisations in Wales that can benefit from the deployment of this promising suite of low carbon technologies. 
Potential training opportunities Include:
•	Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Basics
•	Low Carbon, Hydrogen Transport
•	Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Built Environment
•	Hydrogen Linkage with Renewable Energy Supplies
•	Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Safety
•	Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Project Costs
The Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) as partner in WEST will develop and investigate training following extensive research in photovoltaic (PV) materials, the use of power electronics for extracting power, making Wales a world leader in the production of new low cost thin film photovoltaics.  
Potential training opportunities include:
•	Fundamentals of PV (Including Materials and Performance), 
•	Building Integrated PV, System Design
•	Regulations and Requirements.
•	Markets and Opportunities in PV for emerging businesses.
•	PV For Energy Advisors
•	Online Material such as Amorphous Si defect structure, Compound Semiconductor PV materials, P-i-n cell structures/tandem cells and triple junctions; Trackers and Concentrators, Cell Testing.
•	Monitoring of PV, taking into account weather and locations of PV.The Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) project targets the built environment sector at all scales from component to building to region.  It will also include all stages of the built environment process from planning through to design and construction to operation.  
Potential training opportunities include:
•	Use of Timber in construction and joinery products
•	Transpired Solar Collector 
•	LED lighting design and solutions inc Smart Control Systems
•	Developing Low Carbon Designs
•	Effective use of monitoring building performance
•	Monitoring demand and supply at a urban scaleThe LCRI Marine project aims to build a sustainable marine energy sector in Wales.  It provides the independent and world class research and training essential to move the industry forward, first to small scale and subsequently to full scale generation of electricity from the marine environment.  In addition to the development and application of tools for optimising the performance of the technology, the team evaluates technologies to recover energy from waves, tidal streams and tidal range around the Welsh coast.  In particular, the group considers the likely effects that these devices have on the environment, such as their effects on the seabed communities, on sediment transport and on marine wildlife.

Potential Training Opportunities include:
An introduction to marine renewable energy
•	Introduction to wave and tidal energy resources
•	Device design considerations
•	Current market and example technologies
Project development and site selection for tidal stream energy projects
•	Introduction to tidal stream energy data sources
•	Examination of baseline selection criteria
•	Power output estimation methodology
Environmental impact of tidal stream energy project
•	Description of devices and potential receptors
•	Assessment of risks
•	Impact assessment of tidal stream turbines

About Us

The WEST (Welsh Energy Sector Training) project is supported by the Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Convergence Energy Programme (www.lcri.org.uk). The main objective of WEST is to develop skills to aid the utilisation and uptake of new technologies developed through the LCRI industrial research project. This will ensure that industrial research is disseminated through both traditional educational streams as well as directly to industry through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Read more



The WEST project has come to an end on 28th February 2015.

WEST will not be registering any further participants at this stage. 



LCRI Conference 2014: Low Carbon Policy to Practice

Low Carbon Research Institute, LCRI

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 09:00 - Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at 14:30 


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WEST Conference 2014: Welsh Energy Sector Training

The WEST team would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to participate in the conference, particularly:

  • Professor Peter Pearson, Director of Low Carbon Research Institute
  • David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru
  • Luke Wainwright, Idris Renewables
  • Dainis Dauksta, Wood Knowledge Wales
  • Professor Tim O’Doherty, Cardiff Marine Energy Research Group
  • Oriel Price, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay
  • Sally Hewlett
  • Natasha Sterry
  • Kate Nash 

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Exploring Innovation in Lighting Workshop

The Knowledge Transfer Network 

Friday 3rd October in The Crystal, Siemens building, London Docks

For further information please click here