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More renewable energy for CIT Bruce

Wind_turbineCIT Bruce has plans to acquire its own wind turbine, adding to its list of cutting-edge green technologies.

The turbine would be mostly used for teaching purposes but also generate clean energy for use across campus.

To give students full insight into and experience with the system, the 12-metre turbine would be fully collapsible to enable it to be viewed at ground level.

Project officer Jim Cottee of CIT Corporate Services, who contributed to the design of CIT's carbon-neutral Sustainable House, says this would be an important continuation of the renewable energy training already on offer at CIT.

"The teachers in renewable energy have really pushed for this addition - it is simply about making sure our students are keeping up with modern technology," he said.

"The wind turbine we have asked for in our proposal is a first-class South African system, coupled with a high-tech German power inverter that our electronics students really want to know about. It's state-of-the-art," Jim said.

'State-of-the-art' is a term that has often been used to describe the renewable technology training facilities at CIT Bruce, such as the Sustainable Skills Training Hub and CIT Sustainable House.

The Sustainable Skills Training Hub gives students hands-on experience with the latest green technologies in building and construction. Through this facility, they learn about commissioning solar panels and wind generators, receive hands-on scenario-based training in energy efficiency analysis and management, and learn about solar hot water systems, hydronic heating and radiator panels, and maintenance of grey and black water recycling systems.

CIT Sustainable House is based on research from CSIRO on sustainable ecosystem designs and provides CIT students with a real-life, environmentally-conscious residential home to learn and work with. It uses a range of design criteria and building materials to give it a 7 Star Energy Rating, and is carbon neutral.

Jim says that CIT's unique position as a public tertiary institution is what enables CIT to host the best in renewable energy technologies in its own backyard.

"Thanks to the continued support of the ACT Government, we can offer an unrivalled training opportunity in renewable technology in Australia," he said.

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