Large Scale Power Generation: Up-Skilling Welsh Industry

Elizabeth Locke, Sally Hewlett

Abstract


As the move to a low carbon economy presents new challenges for existing industry, there is increasing consensus on the need to address the green skills agenda in order to ensure that the transition is timely and effective. There is however little empirical evidence of the development and delivery of low carbon training courses, specifically in the area of Large Scale Power Generation (LSPG). This study examined the level and form of existing low carbon combustion training in and around Wales and the demand for such training amongst Welsh industry. This is with a view to developing training courses through the Welsh Energy Sector Training project (WEST). Demand for potential WEST courses was found to be positive; specific interest for course content included: The Nature of Fuels, Utilization of Waste, Energy Conversion Processes, Energy Conversion Technologies, Combustion Science, Improving Combustion Efficiency & Emissions and Combustion Risks & Hazards. Critically, geographical factors must be taken into account when assessing the most appropriate form of delivery; e-learning could be a useful tool for maximizing participant numbers. An important implication from the research arose; existing training is generally provided at master’s degree level, whilst findings indicate a preference for courses at introductory undergraduate degree level. As such a close collaboration with participants is required if the training developed is truly to be of value to industry in Wales during the transition to a low carbon economy.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/eer.v4n1p74

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Energy and Environment Research   ISSN 1927-0569 (Print)   ISSN 1927-0577 (Online)
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