The Dutch Alliance investigates renewable energy
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
The EU Commission’s Green Paper on the use of renewable energies (wind power, solar and photovoltaic energy, biomass and biofuels, geothermal energy and heat-pump systems) emphasises the importance of the use of new systems and methods of energy supply. Renewable energies undeniably contribute to limiting climate change, and to achieving Europe’s economic, social and environmental objectives. Among EU countries great differences can be distinguished in policies towards the use and implementation of sustainable energy. This also is reflected in the industry and work fields that are connected with renewable energy supply. While in some countries wind and solar energy play an important role, in others we see strong developments in geothermal and bioenergy. The Netherlands has shown a rather reluctant attitude towards the introduction of renewable energy. Although we see a lot of best practices in other EU countries, in The Netherlands we try to find the typical Dutch political consensus, which results that we are lagging behind in applying sustainable energy methods.This also influences our labour market and employment figures, as working in renewable energy is not just located in the energy-producing sector. It encompasses manufacture and distribution of renewable energy equipment, construction and installation work, operation and maintenance of renewable energy facilities, and a range of other functions. This means that it concerns relatively large numbers of people who could be employed inconstruction and installation jobs for which new knowledge, skills and competences are required. At this stage in Dutch VET (ROCs) renewable energy has been introduced mostly in courses related to installation techniques. Especially where the educational programme is offered in strong relation with the work field (BBL pathways) modern equipment and adapted curricula are present. However, in VET courses that are related to building and construction, and in general technical courses, renewable energy plays a less important role if any.Among the partner institutes of The Dutch Alliance there are two foreign VET providers who have a proven record in offering courses related to renewable energy. One partner is located in Iceland and they have profound experience concerning geothermic energy. The other partner is situated in the Basque Country and they are well known for their knowledge and training courses on solar and photovoltaic energy.Through a study visit of teachers and other professionals from The Dutch Alliance institutes to this foreign partners we aim to raise awareness among the participating colleagues concerning different kinds of renewable energy and energy saving strategies that are applied in the partners’ countries. This will give our teachers and other staff members the opportunity to gain the required knowledge, skills and competences in the field of renewable energy. The target group of this project consists of teachers and other staff from the Installation courses (Heating, Plumbing and Air-conditioning), but in addition from other courses related to building and construction, and architecture at VET-level.The outcomes of the two study visits during this project will lead to a better understanding of the importance of educational programmes at VET level related to renewable energy. More specifically this project will lead to the exchange of good practices with the foreign partner institutes and to the implementation in teaching materials and methods at the own institute. Finally, our VET students will get familiar with and learn about how to use sustainable and renewable energy in practice.
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