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    Renewable Energy in Schools

    Wasn't sure where to post this so thought i'd stick it in here.

    Our Bursar has asked me to start looking into renewable energy ideas for the college, obviously wind and solar are the 2 obvious ones. Are there any companies that are dealing with schools on this area or is a just looking at the larger industrial companies? Are there any good websites for helpful info?

    Looking for any help at all, especially if you've looked into this or have something installed.

    Cheers

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    I saw an interesting TV prog a little while ago hosted by Dick Strawbridge (how cool is his moustache!) about fitting Solar powered hot water heaters which looked pretty nifty. That was for a home though - not sure how it would scale up for a school.....

    http://www.reuk.co.uk/Its-Not-Easy-B...n-Series-2.htm
    http://www.reuk.co.uk/Introduction-t...er-Heating.htm

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    Why not contact Dick Strwbridge direct? http://www.itsnoteasybeinggreen.org/


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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    I picked up some leaflets about a company from the Education Show in Birmingham, I've passed them on to the Head of Science, I'll see if he still has them.

    They deal in teaching kits (little models) and proper power installations up to a few kW if I remember correctly.

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    I've contacted a local supplier of Proven Wind Turbines that are up to 15kw... hopefully they can supply us with some useful info. TBH i think wind rather than solar would be best for us. The west country doesn't get any sun didn't you lot know that, but being a 100 acre site ontop of a hill we get plenty of wind lol...

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    We're looking into solar panels, not because it's particularly sunny so much as the huge amount of roof space we have.

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    Be aware that'll you'll need usually need planning permission to put up a wind turbine.

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    Depends on the size and if it's mounted to a fixed tower.

    If your tower is installed so that it can be brought down for maintenance i.e hinged at the bottom that gets around it.

    What about a ground source heat pump? uses a big loop of plastic pipe in the ground to suck up heat from the earth and heat your rooms?

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    Im a big fan of renewable energy but the times Ive seen schools implement it, it runs about 2 computers and is just a "we're green" gimmick

    If your school is anything like mine, having a big drive to stop people wasting so much electricity would be far more worthwhile and better for the environment

    Heating is a more realistic prospect than actually generating electricity

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    Just switch all your CRT's for TFTs. Job done, you've just saved a bucket load of energy.

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    @Geoff: You forgot replaceing all your desktops with thin clients too. Combined, TFTs and thin clients mean that the heat output in a computer suite is reduced to a minimum and you no longer need air con (the most electrically thirsty thing in the world).

    You could also make thick aarron jumpers part of the school uniform during winter months to save on the heating

    Things like motion detectors in rooms so that lights switch off when nobody is around will also help.

    If you actually put your mind to it and don't mind a little initial investment, you cut cut your energy consumption significantly and then implement energy sources such as wind turbines, solar panels and ground source heat pumps so that what energy you do produce is not wasted quicker than it is made.

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    http://www.solarcentury.co.uk/

    You should be able to get a 50% grant from the government.

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    Thanks for all the advice guys. We did know we need planning permission so thats not a big surprise.

    We are already sorting out the other ways of cutting back on usage, energy bulbs, insulation, new windows etc etc but want to look at the next step. 95% of our monitors are TFT's already and have just been looking into thin clients but the drop in performance for multimedia just isn't worth the saving in electric.

    The only room we have air-con in is the server room and not much we can do in there to cut down on the heat produced.

    Heating is another area we are looking into via solar thanx for the link eean looks very helpful.

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    Re: Renewable Energy in Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by limbo
    http://www.ezonemag.net/wind/Swanshurstsolar.pdf

    Or even 100% funded

    lol what a waste of time.

    Using the figures on that page, even been optimistic it will take at least 48 years to recoup the costs and in that time will give out 33tones less emissions.

    It would be more worthwhile environmentally to get the local kids to walk to school or use the bus instead of getting mummy or daddy to drive them.

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