Renewable energy train-the-trainer academies Summer 2013

Submitted by Kenneth A. Walz

2013-02-04 16:41:53


The Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) announces that applications are now open for the following Summer 2013 Renewable Energy Train the Trainer Academies:

BIOFUELS – June 16-20, 2013, Golden, CO
This hands-on academy will cover the fundamentals of biofuels with an emphasis on fuel production, quality control, engine performance, and vehicle emissions. Participating teachers will produce biodiesel by the transesterfication process and perform ASTM measurements to determine chemical and physical properties of fuel. They will also perform a distillation to process ethanol fuel from a fermented feedstock. Cellulosic and algae based fuels will also be explored. Test engines will be operated on biofuels to evaluate both performance and emission properties. Applications are due 03/15/13.

PHOTOVOLTAICS, July 14-19, 2013, Paonia, CO
This hands-on academy offers hands-on installation practice with photovoltaic (solar electric) systems at Solar Energy International's world-class PV Lab training facility in Paonia, Colorado. Participants will install, inspect, commission, and de-commission multiple types of grid-direct PV systems. The academy will focus on installation procedures, workplace safety, and techniques for teaching PV in the classroom. Applications are due 03/30/13.

The CERET Train the Trainer Academies have been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE #1205015) to provide professional development for the next generation of renewable energy two-year college and high school educators. The academies are administered through a partnership between Madison Area Technical College, Solar Energy International, The National Renewable Energy Lab, and the Colorado School of Mines. These academies will give educators from across the nation authentic hands-on renewable energy experiences taught by veteran industry installers and experts. Academy participants will share classroom strategies, instructional materials, and best practices for teaching renewable energy technology in the high school and two-year college settings.

Current high school and two-year college science and technology instructors from across the U.S. are invited to apply. Instructors who are selected to participate will receive a stipend to cover travel expenses associated with the Academy. Participants may earn college credit for successful completion of the renewable energy academies (tuition cost is approximately $100). Additional details, informational flyers, and application forms are available on the CERET Web Site at:

Send your application materials and a letter of recommendation as directed on the CERET website and application forms. (Please note that late or incomplete applications may not receive full consideration.).

CERET endorses the principle of equal educational and employment opportunities for all people, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, age or non-job related handicap or disability. Furthermore, CERET does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, age or non-job related handicap or disability in the educational programs or activities it operates.

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