Renewable energy training courses summer sale

Trainee fixing solar panel to roofPhotovoltaic training course on the artificial roof at Narec Distributed Energy

As summer is traditionally a quieter time for our Renewable Energy Training Centre, we are offering a special seasonal discount rate on a range of renewable energy training courses.

  • 1/2 day CPD seminars reduced from £95 to £50
  • 1 day courses – reduced from £195 and £250 to one price of £175
  • 2 day PV system design course – reduced from £895 to £595
  • 3 day Solar Thermal system design courses – reduced from £895 to £595

Additionally, for a trial period only we are offering 3 courses for the price of 2*. Register yourself or colleagues for multiple courses or send more than one delegate to the same course to qualify.

These offers will last until the 22nd September 2013.

Contact us on training@narecde.co.uk or on 01670 543009 to take advantage of these offers.
* the lowest priced course would be free of charge

New courses for summer 2013

Newly developed courses to enable your business to benefit from the latest opportunities of the RHI and FIT financial incentives

The Renewable Heat Incentive – RHI
(CPD seminar – 4 hours) 
Spend the morning in our Training Centre learning the latest information on the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. The Non-Domestic RHI was launched in 2011 and many organisations and businesses are already taking advantage of the generous tariff’s on offer – learn how you can too. The Domestic RHI will launch next summer – find out how it will work and how you can help the UK meet it’s challenging 2020 CO2targets.

Biomass Awareness 
(CPD training course – 1 day) 
The course offers a valuable insight in biomass installation issues, and will be of interest to conventional heating installers, housing providers and energy professionals. It provides an introduction to Biomass Boiler installation in line with the underpinning knowledge requirements of the MCS scheme. Elements include operating principles of wood pellet and wood chip boilers, fuel storage, flues and the requirements of building regulations Part J, connection to existing wet heating systems, biomass resource availability and carbon savings.

Heat Loss calculations
(CPD training course – 1 day)
This course is designed to explain the background principles of building heat loss, including U values and ventilation, and to develop these skills with case study worked examples into heat loss calculations designed to meet MCS and building regulations requirements. The course is aimed at heating engineers, sales support staff, housing and energy professionals looking to specify heat sources e.g. heat pumps, biomass or fossil fuel boilers for domestic applications. NB. for anyone with previous experience, refresher sessions on heat loss calculations are available as an evening class.

Renewable Energy on the UK Power Grid
(CPD training course – 1 day)
This course provides an introduction in the technology of all the renewable and low carbon electrical generation equipment used on the UK Power Grid. With reviews of PV, Wind, Hydro and CHP the major technologies are discussed with details on their operation, installation and connection requirements along with the impact these technologies have on the UK Power network – good and bad.

Connecting a G59 system 
(CPD training course – 1 day)
This course is aimed at renewable installers, to give them an understanding of the requirements for connecting large scale renewable generators such as PV and Wind > 16A to the UK grid. A full review of the application process is given with case study examples from throughout the North East region. Course is supported by the local District Network Operator (DNO) to answer questions on the day.

South Shields leads the way in sustainable housing with award hat-trick

Sinclair Meadows carbon negative community - Image courtesy of Four Housing GroupSinclair Meadows carbon negative community – Image courtesy of Four Housing Group

The UK’s first carbon negative social housing development in South Tyneside has won not one but three coveted housing awards. Sinclair Meadows, a development by not-for-profit housing provider, Four Housing Group, located in South Shields, claimed the top prize at the Housing Excellence Awards on Wednesday [15 May] to be named the ‘Best New Affordable Housing Scheme’ in the UK.

Earlier this week, the ground-breaking development beat six other shortlisted projects to win the ‘Innovation’ category at the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards.

Further adding to the development’s success, Sinclair Meadows has also been awarded a spot in the top 50 affordable housing developments in the UK league. The exclusive list is compiled by Inside Housing, the industry’s leading magazine.

Commenting on the accolades, Dawn Keightley, Group Director of Operations at Four Housing Group, said:

“The vision from the outset was to create a social housing development that was not only affordable but would also be the first to achieve carbon negativity. This means the homes actually create more energy than they use, making Sinclair Meadows one of the most eco-friendly developments in the UK.

“Many people have invested a lot of time and effort in making Sinclair Meadows become a reality for our residents. We are thrilled with the recognition from Housing Excellence, Constructing Excellence and Inside Housing; it’s fantastic to get recognition for a job well done.”

The UK Government has a target to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. Housing stock is responsible for over a quarter of CO2 emissions in the UK, driving a requirement to reduce housing emissions and home energy use.

By 2016, all new build housing in the UK will be legally required to be carbon zero. Sinclair Meadows goes beyond that to achieve carbon negative status, meeting the community’s need for 100 per cent affordable housing while leading the way in the creation of truly sustainable homes.

Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre group of companies, created the original energy strategy in the early design phase of Sinclair Meadows, and worked with the architect, Fitz Architects, to create dynamic thermal models.

The development has the ability to wipe out the carbon footprint created during its construction within 2.8 years and the houses generate more electricity than they use from the largest array of solar panels on a domestic dwelling, feeding electricity back into the grid.

More than 500 applications were received by prospective tenants wanting to live in one of either the nine three-bedroom houses or 12 two-bedroom apartments. This number was reduced to just 21 successful applicants who before taking residency, attended a training programme to learn more about the daily tasks involved in a carbon negative lifestyle.

Tenants learned about using the rainwater harvesting system to flush toilets, and programming appliances to operate during the day to make the most efficient use of energy from the solar panels.

Commenting on the shortlisting process, Stuart Macdonald, editor of Inside Housing and Andy Rose, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, issued a joint statement saying:

“A total of 146,420 homes were completed in the UK last year – of these 36,900 were built by housing associations or councils, according to government statistics.

“More than 6,000 homes were entered, so choosing just 50 schemes was no mean feat. Four Housing Group and its partners should be very proud of this achievement.”

According to Inside Housing, what made Sinclair Meadows stand out as a clear winner is the fact the development is the beginning of a major redevelopment of the area. The estate sits on the perimeter of planned regeneration including 400 new homes, community facilities and shops, while also contributing to South Tyneside Council’s pledge to cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.

The pioneering South Shields homes, funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Four Housing Group, were developed by Four Housing Group in partnership with South Tyneside Council and environmental charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, Galliford Try Partnerships North and Fitz Architects.

Green Deal: The Facts

Photovoltaic array, as could be installed under the Green DealPhotovoltaic array at Narec Distributed Energy

Narec Distributed Energy are offering a free seminar to North East based small businesses to help them understand the Green Deal.

The Green Deal is the new government’s initiative to support the implementation of energy efficiency measures to households and businesses. It was launched in October 2012, and from the 28th of January measures can be applied to homes.

This morning seminar is aimed at companies who are interested in getting involved in the Green Deal, but want to know the facts before making a decision.

There’s a lot of information out there on the Green Deal, so what we’ve tried to do is cut out all the clutter and develop a seminar that gives you the hard facts that reveal how the scheme will work for installers, assessors and the customer. It will also cover how companies can get involved in the scheme and the landscape of the market.

Our guest speaker Colin Robinson, CEO of Energy Friend, will be presenting on his experiences as a qualified Green Deal Assessor.

Narec Distributed Energy is an independent organisation that has no agenda for selling any Green Deal related products or training. We are simply here to provide you with the facts, so that you can make an informed decision for your business.

Dates:

Friday 11th January 2013
Thursday 28th February 2013

Cost: The seminar is free to attend for all North East based SMEs.

Timetable:

8:30 Registration & coffee
9:00 Green Deal: The Facts (Adam Stewart: Senior Project Manager at Narec Distributed Energy)
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 The experience of a Green Deal Assessor (Colin Robinson: CEO of Energy Friend)
11:30 Lunch & Networking
12:30 Finish

Location: Sintons Solicitors, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 6DB

To book your place please email andrew.tipping@narec.co.uk

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This seminar is part of the European Funded ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project, carried out by Narec, the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre

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Narec Distributed Energy to be part of six month electric vehicle trial

Switch EV Peugeot iON electric carThe Peugeot iON electric vehicle to be used by Narec Distributed Energy for the next six months

Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK National Renewable Energy Centregroup of companies, has now taken on an electric vehicle as a pool car, through the Switch EV Project. The car, a Peugeot iOn, provided by Simon Bailes Peugeot, will help ensure that site visits carried out by Narec Distributed Energy are as low carbon as possible, whilst providing valuable data on the usage of electric vehicles.

Switch EV is a research project supported by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to improve understanding of the barriers to the uptake and use of electric vehicles.  As part of the project 44 electric vehicles are on trial across the North East of England. Each vehicle and user is being assessed in order to gain real life perceptions and experiences of electric vehicle usage and ownership. The research will look into questions over how the vehicles are used, how the battery performs and what are people’s existing and changing perceptions of electric vehicles.

Through the trial, over 145 organisations and families have been given access to the vehicles for at least 6 months at a time, with many more individuals driving the vehicles. Narec Distributed Energy is participating in the final part of this project.

In addition, through this project, Narec Distributed Energy intend to have an electric charging post installed outside of their renewable energy training facility in Blyth on Ballast Hill. This charging post will be open for members of the public in the ‘Charge Your Car’ network to use. This will add to the range of low carbon technologies already installed at the Training Centre.

After receiving the Electric Vehicle Adam Stewart, Senior Project Manager at Narec Distributed Energy, stated:

“We are delighted to be contributing to this critical research project and that by using the vehicle it will help spread awareness of electric vehicles amongst our clients, whilst providing an opportunity for company staff to gain a greater understanding and experience of the latest electric vehicle technology”

More information on the work carried out by Narec Distributed Energy can be found at: www.narecde.co.uk

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For more information, please contact Tom Bradley on 07794073657 or tom.bradley@narecde.co.uk

High resolution images available on request.

Narec Distributed Energy is part of the UK National Renewable Energy Centre group of companies. Narec Distributed Energy is an organisation which carries out a wide range of work within the renewable and low carbon sector, particularly within the built environment.

Through our work we help our customers reduce carbon, alleviate fuel poverty, improve energy security, stimulate economic growth and educate energy users.  We deliver this in three ways:

  1. Strategy: Our strategists assist organisations in developing energy and carbon management plans, identifying funding and revenue streams and assessing the implications of government policy.
  2. Engineering: Our engineers provide a wide range of technical and testing services that enable our clients to select the most appropriate energy solutions.
  3. Training: Our dedicated training centre offers bespoke and accredited training on a wide range of renewable technologies.

Switch EV brings together vehicle manufacturers Nissan, Smith Electric Vehicles, Avid Vehicles Limited, and Liberty Electric Cars as well as the Simon Bailes Peugeot dealership, with research and data analysis completed by the Transport Operation Research Group at the University of Newcastle, and with project management by Future Transport Systems. This is one of eight consortia projects taking part in the Technology Strategy Board’s £25m UK-wide Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme, delivered in partnership with the Department for Transport (DFT). The programme is designed to drive innovation in low carbon vehicles forward in the UK and will see over 340 vehicles trialled.

Switch EV is supported by the Technology Strategy Board, in partnership with the Department for Transport. More information about these organisations can be found on the website: www.innovateuk.org

For more information visit www.switchev.co.uk, email liz.gray@futuretransportsystems or ring 0191 2431622

Simon Bailes Peugeot was last year appointed as the first Peugeot dealership in the UK to start taking orders for the iOn, a four-seat electric car with low running costs and no emissions, designed to a high specification with outstanding safety standards.

  • Simon Bailes Peugeot is one of the region’s longest-established Peugeot dealerships with a reputation spanning 30 years.
  • Simon Bailes set up the company in 1979 and now employs 120 people at branches in Northallerton, Stockton-on-Tees and Guisborough.
  • Simon Bailes Peugeot is the UK’s most accredited Peugeot dealership having won 16 consecutive Golden Lion awards from the company recognising the Simon Bailes’ commitment to customer service and customer satisfaction.

For more information visit www.simonbailes.co.uk, email anna@annaaddisonassociates.com or ring 01642 710707.

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.

The Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme is the largest of its kind in the world and is part–funded by the government backed Technology Strategy Board, with £25m going towards eight projects involving some of the world’s top vehicle manufacturers and a wide mix of vehicle types.  Match funding is provided by participating businesses.  The aim of the programme, which will see around 340 vehicles trialled on theUK’s roads, is to accelerate the development of innovative low carbon vehicle technology.

 

UK first: Carbon negative community unveiled

Sinclair Meadows - carbon negative social housingSinclair Meadows – carbon negative social housing

October 2012: Sinclair Meadows the UK’s first carbon negative affordable housing scheme has been unveiled in South Tyneside, North East England, by not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing Group. Sinclair Meadows was purpose designed and built to surpass the Government’s definition of zero carbon and to exceed the minimum requirement for Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre, played a key role in the  early research and feasibility stages of this project.

Using the most innovative design principles and incorporating pioneering renewable energy methods and technologies, the project is  15 per cent beyond the current zero carbon definition, and will be more than 60 per cent beyond the 2013 definition.*

Crucial to its success is the engagement and skill training offered to tenants to establish a truly sustainable, vibrant community village that reflects the ethos and aims of the project.

The design, technology and tenant training mean that Sinclair Meadows is self-carbon negative and does not require any external offsetting to achieve carbon negativity – the first time this has been achieved for social housing in the UK.

This work would not have been possible without the initial vision and hard work of the various partners involved, including South Tyneside Council and Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle

Technically Pioneering

The Sinclair Meadows development is home to one of the largest array of photovoltaic modules on domestic dwellings in the UK which reduces demand on traditional energy resources and exports any excess energy back to the grid.  From its inception, the project has been focussed on the quality of the building fabric, especially on air tightness and heat loss.

The properties have been built using natural materials wherever possible, such as timber frames, hemp insulation and lime render. For the organic fabrics, throughout their growing cycle, these materials have absorbed massive amounts of CO2 which is then locked into the development for the life of the buildings.

Commenting on the scheme, Dawn Keightley, Director of Operations, Four Housing Group, said:

“Sinclair Meadows is unique because it is the first purpose built and designed carbon negative housing scheme on this scale that, within three years of being built, has the ability to remove its own carbon footprint created during construction. Once the development has reached the end of its useful life, the majority of the materials will be reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.”

Narec Distributed Energy

Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK National Renewable Energy Centre group of companies, were heavily involved in the early design stage of the project.  The two major aspects of this were:

  • Narec Distributed Energy worked interactively with Fitz Architects on the building designs by carrying out dynamic thermal modelling on various possible concepts
  • A detailed energy strategy was developed, considering the positive and negative aspects of all the possible energy solutions which could be used for the development (photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and biomass).  This work used the thermal modelling calculations to understand the probably energy demands of Sinclair Meadows.

Further details of Narec Distributed Energy’s involvement in the project can be found in the case study at: http://narecde.co.uk/case-study/reed-street

Smarter Living

The properties at Sinclair Meadows have been built so that the main habitable rooms are south facing – maximising natural heat and helping residents to save money on energy bills as well as reducing the development’s environmental impact.

The heating and hot water will be provided by a communal biomass boiler which will use recycled timber fuel pellets.

A rainwater harvesting system ensures rainwater from the roofs of the properties is stored in underground storage tanks – a combined system for the apartments and individual systems for the houses. This water will then be used in the toilets, as well as for gardening at the properties to reduce the amount of mains water used by the residents through everyday activities.

The completed homes have energy monitoring systems installed. These allow the occupiers to see the energy that they are using at any one time, and to make informed decisions about reducing their energy use and saving money.

Keightley adds:

“The signs are excellent with large numbers of potential tenants showing interest in the homes. We look forward to welcoming them in to see the technology in action and to experience life in the most advanced carbon negative social housing community in the UK. These low energy, quality homes offer security and predictability at a time when fuel costs are volatile, so we also expect our tenants to benefit financially.”

Tenants will be extensively trained in how to be energy efficient in their new homes so they have the opportunity to minimise their energy use and maximise savings. Four Housing Group will monitor the energy supplies and will be there to offer ‘green’ advice to residents.

The houses will also generate significant revenue returns under the Government’s energy incentives, including the Feed in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

 

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 Media contacts at Narec Distributed Energy, 01670 357685

Tom Bradley – tom.bradley@narecde.co.uk

 

Notes to Editors

* http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2077965

The development at Sinclair Meadows has received £1.7m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and has been designed and developed in partnership with a number of key organisations including South Tyneside Council, Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, Fitz Architects, Narec and contractor Galliford Try Partnerships North.

Quote from Fitz Architects

‘Having started working on the project in 2007 we are extremely happy to see the project finished and constructed’. It’s been an exciting experience to be involved in this ground breaking project in what is now our 5th year of business. We have learned so much and feel that the strong concept that won the project competition has been carried through to completion’.

About Four Housing Group

 Four Housing Group provides affordable homes and quality services which improve the lives of the people who live in them. It does this by creating vibrant, diverse and sustainable communities.

As the parent company of Three Rivers Housing Association and Berwick Borough Housing, the Group owns and manage over 5,000 properties across the North East of England stretching from Redcar and Cleveland to Berwick-upon-Tweed.  The organisation provides a range of services which give people in the North East choice about where and how they live.

These services include:

  • General needs housing;
  • Supported housing;
  • Care and repair services providing home improvements, home adaptations and handyperson services; and
  • Shared ownership housing for sale.

For more information on Four Housing Group, its latest developments and services to tenants please visit: www.4hg.co.uk or call 08000 461 452 (free telephone number 24/7).

About Narec Distributed Energy

 Narec Distributed Energy is part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre, which exists to create a fair low carbon economy.

Narec Distributed Energy carries out a wide range of work on renewable and low carbon technologies. This work includes:

Design of low carbon buildings

  • Energy plans for whole cities
  • Alleviation of fuel poverty
  • Testing and development of renewable and low carbon technologies
  • European funded research and development
  • Bespoke and accredited training
  • Feasibility studies for all renewable energy technologies

Other parts of the UK National Renewable Energy Centre include Narec, a government funded offshore renewable energy testing centre (www.narec.co.uk ), and Narec Solar, a world leading photovoltaic R&D organisation (www.narecsolar.com).

For more information on Narec Distributed Energy ad its services, please visit www.narecde.co.uk or email info@narecde.co.uk

Fuel poverty project improves 53 homes in Northumberland

fuel poverty project in Blyth improves 54 homesBlyth homes on completion of improvement work

Residents in Cowpen, Blyth, Northumberland have received energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technologies to their refurbished homes as part of a collaborative £1.9m European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) Project.

A total of 53 Wimpey ‘no fines’- non-traditional construction – socially rented, post-war properties, managed by Homes for Northumberland are planned for improvements in Blyth. To date, 30 homes have been fitted with specialist insulated rendering systems to their external walls, voltage optimisers – ensuring that the voltage supplied to all the electrical appliances is optimised, gas saver units and low energy light bulbs as part of measures designed to help residents save money on their energy bills at a time of rising prices. A selection of the properties will also generate their own electricity using solar panels which will be fitted on the roofs.

Cowpen in Blyth is one of three areas benefiting from the ERDF project being managed by the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec). Three high-rise blocks of flats in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear and 136 ‘Tarran Newland’ South Tyneside Homes in Marsden, South Shields have also been selected for energy efficiency improvements and are being fitted with PV panels, loft and external wall insulation, and energy efficiency boilers.

William Maddison, Homes for Northumberland resident said;

“I am already noticing a reduction in my energy bills and the house is definitely warmer. I am really impressed with the energy efficiency improvements made and the impact these have had on my home and quality of life so far.”

The project aims to lift local residents out of fuel poverty, while reducing carbon emissions and improving the quality of life of residents.

Ian Johnson, interim director of property services at Homes for Northumberland said;

“With gas and electricity bills going up all the time, which can put a massive strain on a typical household income, we are always looking at ways of reducing residents’ energy costs as much as possible. We are therefore delighted to be working on this fantastic project.

We are working closely with Narec to monitor the improvements to these homes and how they have helped tenants, from any reductions in energy bills to differences in the comfort level of the homes.  This information is invaluable for helping us to improve projects like this in the future so they can be the best they possibly can be.”

The effectiveness of modifications and their impacts on the behaviour of residents, such as the energy required to heat a home to an adequate level and the number of residents lifted out of fuel poverty are being monitored and the data analysed by the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec). This greater understanding will help to inform future improvements in relation to the performance and utilisation of low carbon, innovative energy products as well as how best to apply low carbon products in socially rented prefabricated properties.

Helen Hampson, Microrenewables ERDF Project Manager, Narec explains;

“The data is being collected over a two year timeframe to provide valuable information regarding thermal efficiency improvements in socially rented houses as well as vital research on the impact of new technologies on retrofit properties and this learning will be applicable to social landlords, local authorities and private homeowners. This project also relates to the soon to be launched Coalition Government’s flagship Green Deal project which encourages improvements to be made to properties which will save energy and reduce costs. Both initiatives will make a significant improvement to the energy efficiency of North East homes and help tenants to make substantial energy savings.”

As part of the project local businesses are also being given the opportunity to visit the properties so they can see first-hand the houses at various stages of development and improvements being made. It is hoped that this will help to generate a greater understanding of new technologies and their application and encourage more businesses to expand or diversify into the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

The project will benefit from £1.9m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

 

 

Notes to editor

The Project

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) is working in collaboration with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to make energy efficiency housing improvements in over 300 socially rented hard-to-treat properties.

The total value of the investment which includes ERDF and match funding provided by South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland is £3.83m. The ERDF funding received was to install low carbon and renewable energy technologies and systems into selected properties helping to improve the housing stock in the region and regenerate off-gas or non-traditional construction properties. The impacts of the interventions are also being monitored and analysed as part of the project.

As Project Manager, Narec is responsible for delivering the following:

  • Management of cash flows and outputs, project claims and payments;
  • Facilitation of joint procurement activity;
  • Product testing and monitoring;
  • Dissemination of project outcomes;
  • SME engagement;
  • Delivery of capacity building and skills activity with SMEs.

Project completion date is November 2013 with project outcomes expected to include:

  • Retrofit of low carbon products in over 300 properties;
  • Reduction of fuel poverty for residents in over 300 properties;
  • SME assistance to improve skills development and performance;
  • Jobs created and safeguarded.

The analysis of the data collection and reports on the impacts of the interventions will be published in the pre-works report on the 31st August 2012.

The Green Deal

The Green Deal will provide support to homeowners who cannot achieve significant energy savings without an additional or different measure of support. Under the Green Deal there is no need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures and instead the cost of the measures should be covered by savings on the electricity bill. For further information visit:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/green_deal.aspx

Homes for Northumberland

Homes for Northumberland is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up in April 2009 to manage and improve over 8,500 council homes in Alnwick and Blyth Valley on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

To find out more, visit www.hfn.uk.com

Homes for Northumberland are part of the ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Narec.

South Tyneside Homes

South Tyneside Homes (STH) is an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) which manages the housing service on behalf of South Tyneside Council.

STH manages 18,949 homes through a Board that is made up of four tenants, four council nominees and four independents. The day-to-day running of the company is delegated to a senior management team, headed by a Chief Executive. It manages the Council’s Housing Revenue Account budget of £45.5m and £14.7m capital programme budget. It receives an annual management fee of £9.2m to manage homes on behalf of the Council.

STH are part of the ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project consortium with Homes for Northumberland and Narec.

ERDF Funding

Narec has formed a consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to deliver this project.

The project will benefit from £1.9m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.
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Funded renewable energy training for North East SMEs

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The National Renewable Energy Centre, Narec, is part of a £1.9 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment project designed to deliver a funded programme of business support and skills development to North East based SMEs (Small Medium Enterprise), with the aim of encouraging companies to expand or diversify into the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

About the project

SMEs will have access to support from Narec’s expert team of Distributed Energy specialists who have a wealth of industry experience, in-depth knowledge and technical competency in renewable technologies and their installation.
Support available to SMEs includes:

  • MCS coaching and support
  • Accredited installer and maintenance training – solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, air source heat pumps and biomass
  • Introductory courses to renewable technologies and  nancial incentives for the built environment
  • Photovoltaic and solar thermal system design courses for domestic and commercial properties
  • The Green Deal

Bespoke training packages can also be designed to meet individual and organisational training needs.

Who is the project aimed at?

This project will be of particular interest to plumbers, electricians, roofers, joiners, heating engineers, sales professionals, architects, planners and specifiers, who have an interest in working in the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

How is the training delivered?

Narec’s dedicated Training Centre is  fitted with a wide range of low carbon and microgeneration technologies and systems allowing a mix of both practical and
classroom based learning.

How to get involved

If you are a sole trader or qualify as a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) and would like further information on how to benefit from this funded training and support please contact Andrew Tipping, SME Engagement Coordinator, Narec Distributed Energy.

Tel: 01670 357654 or Email: andrew.tipping@narec.co.uk

Click here to download the funded training in renewable and low carbon technologies flyer

 

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Technical support for engineering companies

wind turbineOffshore wind turbine

Between January and March 2012 Narec Distributed Energy provided two days of technical support and advice related to the offshore wind industry to 14 companies in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Council commissioned Narec Distributed Energy to undertake a free ‘renewable audit’ with engineering companies in Middlesbrough to identify the potential for the engineering sector within Tees Valley to service the offshore wind market. The audit was carried out to assess the feasibility of adapting and accrediting products and/or services for the offshore wind industry.

The business support available included:

  •  Information and guidance on the sector including a market analysis
  •  Identification of training needs
  •  Overview of quality standards and accreditations required
  • Support to access relevant finance and other available funding initiatives to support their development

Participating organisations included:

  • AV Dawson
  •  Dielife
  • Ecco Finishing Supplies
  • Industrial & Marine Hydraulics
  • Intelect
  • Lionweld Kennedy
  • B Marshall Engineering
  • MB Tech
  • QA Weld Tech
  • Steve Brettle Fabrications
  • William Lane
  •  MC Ware Mechanical
  • Ovalway Hydraulic Engineering
  • CL Prosser

The support culminated in a written report based on the findings as well as an overview of the UK offshore wind market which identified their position within the supply chain. The document also provided details of opportunities and potential future activity, along with conclusions and recommendations as identified by Narec Distributed Energy staff.

Energy improvements to South Shields homes to lift residents out of fuel poverty

Energy efficient Tarran Newland property Tarran Newland property on completion of improvement work –
Image from left to right – Dave Cutting (STH), Chris Jones (STH), Beryl Chapman (Marsden resident), Chris Noble (STH) and Andrew Tipping (Narec)

Residents from Marsden, South Shields have this week opened their newly refurbished homes to show-off energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technologies, installed as part of a collaborative £1.9m European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) Project.

A total of 136 ‘Tarran Newland’ – non-traditional construction – socially rented, post-war properties, managed by South Tyneside Homes are planned for improvements in South Shields. To date, 51 homes have been fitted with PV panels, loft and external wall insulation, and energy efficiency boilers as part of measures which are estimated to deliver heating savings of up to £800 per year and electricity bill savings of £200 per year for residents.

Lincoln Road and Marsden Lane in South Shields is one of three areas benefitting from the ERDF project being managed by the National Renewable Energy Centre. 3 high-rise blocks of flats in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear and 54 Homes for Northumberland properties, in Blyth, Northumberland have also been selected for energy efficiency improvements and are being fitted with solid wall insulation, smart meters and secondary heat exchangers.

Beryl Chapman, a Marsden resident from South Shields said, “The external wall insulation which has been fitted has really improved the look and feel of my home. I am also noticing a reduction in my energy bills since the improvements have been made; this is because the house is so well insulated I don’t need to have the central heating turned on very often. The house is much warmer and more comfortable to live in too.”

The project aims to lift local residents out of fuel poverty, while reducing carbon emissions and improving the quality of life of residents.

Mark Whittle, Director of Investment, South Tyneside Homes said,

“ERDF funding is helping to take hundreds of vulnerable families out of fuel poverty. This project is part of long-term investments being made by South Tyneside Homes to provide more cost-efficient homes for tenants.”

“The Decent Homes improvement work to non-traditional homes is one of our biggest and most challenging programmes. The feedback that we have had from tenants is very positive, not just about the new internal improvements, but also how the external work has improved the thermal efficiency of their homes. We were delighted to show representatives from Narec and other companies the examples of best practice and partnership working we are adopting, and how the on-going works have improved people’s lives, as well as estates.”

The effectiveness of modifications and their impacts on the behaviour of residents such as the energy required to heat a home to an adequate level and the number of residents lifted out of fuel poverty are being monitored and the data analysed by the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec). This greater understanding will help to inform future improvements in relation to the performance and utilisation of low carbon, innovative energy products as well as how best to apply low carbon products in socially rented prefabricated properties.

Helen Hampson, Microrenewables ERDF Project Manager, Narec explains,

“The data is being collected over a 2 year timeframe to provide greater knowledge of the impact of these microgeneration technologies and efficiency improvements in improving the existing housing stock and this learning will be applicable to social landlords, local authorities and private homeowners. This project also relates to the soon to be launched Coalition Government’s flagship Green Deal project which encourages improvements to be made to properties which will save energy and reduce costs. Both initiatives will make a significant improvement to the energy efficiency of North East homes and help tenants to make substantial energy savings.”

As part of the project local businesses are also being given the opportunity to visit the properties so they can see first-hand the houses at various stages of development and improvements being made. It is hoped that this will help to generate a greater understanding of new technologies and their application and encourage more businesses to expand or diversify into the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

The project will benefit from £1.9m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

Notes to editor

The Project

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) is working in collaboration with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to make energy efficiency housing improvements in over 300 socially rented hard-to-treat properties.

The total value of the investment which includes ERDF and match funding provided by South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland is £3.83m. The ERDF funding received was to install low carbon and renewable energy technologies and systems into selected properties helping to improve the housing stock in the region and regenerate off-gas or non-traditional construction properties. The impacts of the interventions are also being monitored and analysed as part of the project.

As Project Manager, Narec is responsible for delivering the following:

  • Management of cash flows and outputs, project claims and payments;
  • Facilitation of joint procurement activity;
  • Product testing and monitoring;
  • Dissemination of project outcomes;
  • SME engagement;
  • Delivery of capacity building and skills activity with SMEs.

Project completion date is November 2013 with project outcomes expected to include:

  • Retrofit of low carbon products in over 300 properties;
  • Reduction of fuel poverty for residents in over 300 properties;
  • SME assistance to improve skills development and performance;
  • Jobs created and safeguarded.

The analysis of the data collection and reports on the impacts of the interventions will be published in the pre-works report on the 31st August 2012.

The Green Deal

The Green Deal will provide support to homeowners who cannot achieve significant energy savings without an additional or different measure of support. Under the Green Deal there is no need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures and instead the cost of the measures should be covered by savings on the electricity bill. For further information visit:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/green_deal.aspx

South Tyneside Homes

South Tyneside Homes (STH) is an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) which manages the housing service on behalf of South Tyneside Council.

STH manages 18,949 homes through a Board that is made up of four tenants, four council nominees and four independents. The day-to-day running of the company is delegated to a senior management team, headed by a Chief Executive. It manages the Council’s Housing Revenue Account budget of £45.5m and £14.7m capital programme budget. It receives an annual management fee of £9.2m to manage homes on behalf of the Council.

STH are part of the ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project consortium with Homes for Northumberland and Narec.

Homes for Northumberland

Homes for Northumberland manage Council housing stock in the former Blyth Valley Housing and Alnwick District Council areas.
Homes for Northumberland manage homes on behalf of Northumberland County Council under the terms of a formal Management Agreement.

This agreement sets out the functions and the standards of service that are to be provided. Tenants and leaseholders living in the homes which the company manages are tenants or leaseholders of the Council.

Homes for Northumberland are part of the ERDF Social Housing Energy Management project consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Narec.

Contact

For further information please contact Helen Edge, Marketing Executive, Narec.
Email – helen.edge@narec.co.uk
Tel – 01670 357602

ERDF Funding

Narec has formed a consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to deliver this project.

The project will benefit from £1.9m of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

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Renewable energy training for the unemployed

Closing ceremonyDelegates trained by Narec Distributed Energy

Forty unemployed residents from across Newcastle City have received training to help them to secure employment in the growing renewable energy sector.

The project, supported by Newcastle Science City and Newcastle City Council, received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to develop transferable skills in microgeneration to ensure local jobs are created and sustained in green economy.

Narec Distributed Energy, part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre, in partnership with Newcastle Warm Zone managed and delivered the training to skilled and semi-skilled unemployed technicians interested in up-skilling, diversifying and gaining knowledge of new microrenewable technology systems.

Narec Distributed Energy conducted a training needs analysis to decide the most appropriate and flexible training programme tailored to suit the learners’ individual needs. Trainees chose from a variety of accredited courses which included; working at height, PV installation, solar thermal installation and systems maintenance.

The training provided the learners with the opportunity to gain qualifications which are highly regarded by employers in the field of microgeneration. Ian Wilson, qualified Gas Engineer said:

“The training we have received has been first class and I’m hopeful that the experience and qualifications that I’ve gained as a result of completing this training will help me in my search for employment.”

A number of trainees who successfully completed the course have already gone on to secure employment in the area of renewable energy. Newcastle Science City hopes to build on the project achievements thus far, helping more citizens to develop their expertise and skills in this new and emerging market.

Nick Powell, Community Engagement Officer, Newcastle Science City said:

“We must effectively work together to integrate and coordinate this funding and use it to help create and sustain as many local jobs as we can, with local people designing, supplying, installing and maintaining a range of renewable technologies in domestic and commercial properties.”

This project complements and coordinates renewable energy activities across the city to ensure we take advantage of the new opportunities arising in this area. Narec is providing energy master planning to Newcastle City Council to develop and agree a sustainable energy action plan and a citywide climate change strategy, to deliver regeneration and help drive forward the delivery of low carbon and affordable energy schemes.

Simon Johnson, Energy Manager, Newcastle City Council said:

“Narec Distributed Energy has been instrumental in helping the Council pull together an innovative and practical Energy Master Plan that can help underpin more green investment and jobs in the Newcastle area.”

For further information on the range of funded and commercial training offered by Narec Distributed Energy please check http://narecde.co.uk/training-courses

 

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Solar panels installed on ship for low carbon cargo ship research project

Photovoltaic system on a cargo shipPhotovoltaic system on a cargo ship

A Renewable Energy MSc student working with Narec Distributed Energy and Newcastle University has installed a system on a Sterna Carrier cargo ship to measure levels of energy photovoltaics can gain from reflect light from the sea.

Matt Pitt has designed, built and install the systems as part of his Renewable Energy MSc project at the University of Newcastle. The system includes pv modules on either side of the ship, and a horizontal module with pyronometer at the top of the ship.

The system is installed on a Sterna Carrier which sails from Harwich to Rotterdam twice daily.

This work will give valuable data and understanding for work which Narec Distributed Energy and Newcastle University are currently undertaking for systems on low carbon  cargo ships, including the FP7 funded project Inomanship.

World leading algae biofuel project launched

Algae for biofulesAlgae for biofuels created at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

Three major algae biofuel projects have been launched by the European Union as part of the Algae Cluster this May. Each of them intends to build a 10ha (25 acre) facility to produce biofuel from algae in different ways. These will be the largest algae biofuel facilities in Europe.

The particular project Narec Distributed Energy is involved in is called InteSusAl, the full name of which is “Demonstration of integrated and sustainable cultivation with biodiesel validation”. The project will run until the 31st of October 2015.

The InteSusAl project will optimise the whole microalgae production chain to achieve algae cultivation targets of 90- 120 dry tonnes per hectare per annum.
The project will use the glycerine by-product from biodiesel to feed the heterotrophic system, which will allow maximum recovery of carbon from the glycerine while producing algal oil for use in further biodiesel production. The partners expect to demonstrate a virtually closed loop system for carbon usage. Life-Cycle Assessment will be used during the design phase to guide the best overall options to maximise sustainability, as well as to compare the InteSusAl approach with other algae projects, fossil fuels and biofuels.

As well as Narec Distributed Energy, The InteSusAl consortium is composed of the following partners:

  • Centre for Process Innovation (UK)
  • Necton (Portugal)
  • NIOZ (Netherlands)
  • DLO-FBR (Netherlands)
  • European Renewable Energy Research Centres Agency (Belgium)

For more information on the project, contact: Paola Mazzucchelli, EUREC Agency, rue d’Arlon 63-65, 1040 Brussels, Belgium Tel: 0032 2 546 19 31 Email: mazzucchelli.p@eurec.be