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Alternative Energy



This practically based course is designed to give participants an understanding of alternative energy options and provide them with that practical knowledge and skills to build solar to electric and wind to electric systems at a foundation level.


  1. On completion of the Course, having been successful in TWO examinations (one written, one practical) the participant will receive a Hi-Tech Training Certificate stating the Grade obtained, be it: PASS, CREDIT or DISTINCTION. PASS = 50% - 64%. CREDIT = 65 - 79%. DISTINCTION = 80% - 100%.
  2. On completion of the Course and successfully completing 1 written examination and 2 FETAC specified assignments, the participant will receive the FETAC - Level 5 Award – Renewable Energy Production Systems (N23003).

Duration:Renewable Energy Courses

30 hours (10 x 3 hour training sessions). Classes will be held in comfortable surroundings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of the different alternative energy systems
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the operation of a wide range of electronic components and circuits and their applications in Alternative Energy Systems
  3. Become competent in the correct use of electronic test and measurement equipment such as Analogue and Digital Multimeters
  4. Build a simple photovoltaic to electric system
  5. Build a simple wind to electric system
  6. Effectively connect up, test and fault-find system elements

Course Content:

  1. Alternative Energy: – Introduction, terminology, types and applications
  2. Using technology to reduce CO2 emissions and energy costs
  3. Alternative Energy Technology Advantages and disadvantages of the various types of alternative energy including Solar Thermal Energy, Hydro Energy, Biomass Energy, Geothermal Heating.
  4. Terms: - Source, Renewable, Sustainable, Photovoltaic, Carbon neutral, Active/Passive
  5. Sustainability Issues, Health & Safety and Environmental precautions.
  6. Introduction to Electronics: - Electric Current, OHMS Law, Insulation, Conduction, Kilowatt hours, and related power calculations and formulae. Fuses and trip switches. Wiring techniques. Practical uses of commonly used components e.g. diodes, relays, transformers
  7. Become competent in the correct use of electronic test and measurement equipment such as Analogue and Digital Multimeters, Battery Test Meters.
  8. Inverters; - types, uses, ratings, calculations, connections
  9. Connections to electrical devices
  10. Calculating loads and selecting battery ampere hour capacity
  11. Construct, test and fault find a Wind energy harnessing system
  12. Construct, test and fault find a Solar energy harnessing system
  13. Determine using online data sources the effective performance of systems at different global locations and seasonal variations
  14. Sustainable and Energy Efficient Building Design
  15. Relevant standards and issues, Changing technology and keeping updated

Practical “Hands-On” experience: - 50% approx.


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