Opportunity for companies to receive world class support in connection of renewables and storage to the grid

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Leading renewable energy specialist, Narec Distributed Energy (Narec DE), is working with the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) to host a free workshop focused on providing expertise on connecting renewable energy and battery technologies to the electricity grid.

Taking place on Thursday 20th September at ORE Catapult’s world class testing facilities in Blyth, the workshop is open to businesses, SMEs, sole traders and researchers operating in the field of storage, smart grids and renewables.

The event is designed to help delegates understand and avoid various problems related to connecting various systems to the grid, and is primarily designed as a Q&A session. Delegates are encouraged to bring questions with them based on problems they are experiencing within their own schemes. Topics to be covered include grid codes and the coming changes next year, common issues and the best ways to work with Distribution Network Operators.

One of Narec DE’s major specialities is in the grid connection of wind, solar and battery farms, and it has provided services for a range of SMEs, large companies and local authorities over the past seven years. Currently, Narec DE is working on the grid connection of several >50MW battery farms.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Bryan Dixon, Senior Electrical Design Engineer at Narec DE, who will be speaking at the event, said:

“We’re proud to be offering this workshop alongside ORE Catapult. We know about the common issues that can arise when trying to connect to the grid and are we always looking to share our expertise with businesses working in the industry.”

“The range of industry experts and academia speaking at the event will provide important information to the companies attending. The question and answer section of the event will be especially beneficial as it will allow us to really go into detail about the issues most businesses face when it comes to grid connection. I would recommend that people attending come prepared with questions that they would like addressed to really make the most of this free session.”

This workshop is being run as part of the eGrid project, a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project that has enabled ORE Catapult to install one of the world’s most advanced Grid Emulation Systems at its centre in Blyth.

Speaking about the opportunities on offer at the event, Stephanie Mann, Innovation Manager at ORE Catapult said:

“We’re pleased to be hosting this event with Narec DE to provide local companies with the opportunity to improve their knowledge about connecting to the grid. We will be introducing our state-of-the-art eGrid system discussing the opportunities for local companies to get involved. It is a great opportunity for companies to gain knowledge of our world-class facilities, expert business support services and technical specialists.”

To register for the event, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grid-emulation-system-egrid-grid-connection-workshop-tickets-49686732354?aff=eac2

Fully Funded Renewable Energy Training Available

One of the North East’s leading renewable energy specialists, Narec Distributed Energy (Narec DE), will be providing full funded accredited training to electricians, plumbers and heating engineers on Solar PV, solar thermal and heat pumps to enable installers to meet requirements set out in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Based in Northumberland, Narec DE is the only company in a 100-mile radius to provide the nationally accredited courses, educating installers on how to safely and efficiently install low carbon technologies. The company is providing free training, on behalf of New College Durham, fully funded by the European Social Fund to help companies and individuals adhere to industry standards.

Taking place at Narec DE’s renewable energy training centre in Blyth the training courses are available to sole traders and SMEs. Set up like a concept house, each room has a different type of renewable energy technology – such as Solar PV, Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps – giving trainees a real hands on training experience.

The courses cover regulations, principles of the technologies and the installation and maintenance of renewable energy technologies, allowing any suitably qualified electrician, plumber or heating engineer to diversify into low carbon technologies.

Speaking about the invaluable experience and training courses, Hayley Corney, Renewable Energy Training Coordinator said:

“We are delighted to be offering our many years of expertise in the renewables industry to enable more companies to embrace new technologies and in return reap the benefits whilst also playing a role in helping to build a sustainable environment.

“One of the courses we offer is the heat pump training which we think will be of particular interest as the increasing demand in the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme offered by the government has led to a skill shortage in the industry.”

Offering training services for seven years, Narec DEs specialist courses are accredited by LOGIC and EAL, giving those who complete the course an industry recognized qualification. These certified qualifications are accepted by the nationally recognized quality assurance scheme, MCS. The technical courses on offer have been developed in compliance to both LOGIC and MCS requirements. The MCS is an eligibility requirement to receive green energy financial incentives offered by the government such as the Feed-in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Hayley said:

“Our courses are available to individuals and small companies whether they are trying to meet their green energy goals or qualify for government-funded energy schemes. Training can be tailored to suit individual or business goals and relevant accreditations will be awarded in recognition of this. Our passion for the renewable energy industry inspired us to provide these courses to increase the use of renewable energy throughout the UK and build a better and more sustainable future.”

Established in 2012, Narec Distribution Energy was started by the UK National Renewable Energy Centre. Narec DE is an organisation that offer strategic, technical and training services within the renewable and low carbon sectors, focusing on the built environment. The purpose of the work is to reduce carbon emissions, alleviate fuel poverty, improve energy security, stimulate economic growth and educate energy users about renewables.