The 2012 Sustainable Energy Education & Training (SEET) Technology Workshop was held at the Colorado Energy Research Institute of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado from June 10 to 22. Twenty-three community college and high school instructors from across the nation were selected to attend the workshop, which focused on sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
The workshop presenters included research scientists and professors from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, business and industry, Red Rocks Community College, Arapahoe Community College, and former SEET participants who teach energy technology at two-year colleges. Presentations and panel discussions covered energy efficiency (EE) topics such as EE certifications (e.g., EnergyStar), energy auditing and analysis, energy efficiency software, weatherization, controls and instrumentation/metering, and whole house renewable energy integration. Some of the renewable energy topics presented covered wind, solar software, solar PV technology, solar thermal, and geothermal technologies. One of the most popular hands-on activities was a visit to Duke Energy’s Happy Jack Wind Farm in Wyoming, where participants had the opportunity to participate in fall arrest and suspension wind technician exercises.
Participants worked in groups and produced five webinars to be presented in September and October 2012. Topics covered include solar PV, residential energy auditing, biodiesel fuel lab exercise, renewable energy choices, and an overview of alternative energies.
All SEET Technology Workshop materials and presentations are available as free downloads in the Products section of the ATEEC Web site.
This current cohort of SEET instructors joins the established SEET peer network of over 120 energy technology instructors, sharing their learning resources with colleagues at high schools and two-year colleges across the country through ATEEC’s online clearinghouse of free, downloadable energy resources (http://ateec.org/ateec-downloads).