My colleague Seamus Hoyne presented at a major gathering of experts at a conference in Niagara Falls, Canada. They attendees heard about a range of sustainable energy projects being developed in Tipperary. RETScreen International, developers of a software tool for assessing the potential for energy projects, had invited Seamus Hoyne from LIT-Tipperary to present the work of the Institute and that of the Tipperary Energy Agency at their inaugural international conference.
Approximately 240 attendees were present at the event where projects involving wind energy, biomass heating and energy efficiency upgrades were presented by Seamus. The audience included engineers, architects, consultants, academics and project developers from Canada, USA, EU, Asia and Africa.
Seamus filled me on some of the RETScreen usage stats “We have been working with RETScreen since 2000 and have used the tool extensively for the development of projects. It has close to 300,000 users across the world and has proven to be an excellent tool for assessing energy projects at the feasibility stage. LIT-Tipperary and the TEA bring a unique perspective in that we include the use of RETScreen in education, training and project development. I was letting the conference participants know about how we have used the tool and what we plan to use it for in the future. For example, we will be using RETScreen as part of the Institute’s Degree in Smart Sustainable Energy. Also, we are developing an on-line training course in RETScreen which we hope to have available later this year.”
Participants were particularly interested in the fact that LIT-Tipperary and the TEA have combined education, training and project development elements in its activities. A new network of RETScreen trainers has been established and LIT Tipperary will be involved in its development. LIT Tipperary has started discussions with RETScreen so that students on the Smart Sustainable Energy Degree will be working on new modules as part of their degree programme. This will give the students great experience of working on real world problems related to the sustainable energy sector.