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Students Head to France to Study Clean Energy

Published: 22 Nov 2016

Renewable Energy

Ten lucky CIT students will fly to France next year learn from experts about advances renewable energy construction and design.

Leading French renewable energy firm contracted to supply the ACT with wind energy, Neoen, will support the students' exploration of design excellence in this rapidly changing, new industry sector. Neoen has been contracted by the ACT Government to supply electricity from its 315MW Hornsdale Wind Farm in SA to help meet the territory's ground-breaking 100% by 2020 renewable energy target.

The Australian Government will fund the study trip under its 2017 Endeavour Mobility Grants. CIT won 78 places under the grants program set up to support Australian students to travel abroad and immerse themselves in other countries' academic and social cultures.

CIT Pathways College Director Lucy Marchant said CIT moved to deliver on the new training and employment opportunities created by the ACT Government's renewable energy commitment.
"Renewable energy firms tend to train their own staff, so 'on the job' training opportunities in this new industry sector are rare. This brilliant opportunity for CIT students to study in France will place them and the ACT community ahead of the pack as the world's energy systems undergo a massive transformation," Ms Marchant said.

The students will meet with industry practitioners, suppliers and installers to explore good design and application of wind and solar energy and renewable energy battery storage at Neon's Paris headquarters and its Bordeaux solar farm. They'll be expected to apply their research to designing sustainable homes and energy efficient buildings, and in their trades and renewable energy work practice.

Neoen Managing Director Franck Woitiez said renewable energy was booming in Australia. "Neoen is delighted to contribute to the training of a group of renewable energy students from the CIT. It's a great honour to share our expertise and open up some of our international renewable energy projects to CIT students as part of their world's best education."

Along with the study trip to France, the Endeavour Mobility Grants program will see another 10 students get the chance to fly to Singapore to study beauty therapy and international hotel and resort management at its Republic Polytechnic.

For a second year, CIT will send 20 students to New Zealand to study horticulture, sustainable food production and culinary skills.

Business students will have an opportunity to travel to the United Arab Emirates to study international hotel management.

Others will head to Cambodia to study sustainable clothing production or veterinary nursing students in Thailand.

CIT's well-respected photography course will again send 10 students to Indonesia to further their studies in 2017.