CIT students return from international renewables study tour

CIT students on an international renewables tour Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) led 10 students on a two-week study tour to Singapore, France and Spain.

Singapore and Europe were the destinations of 10 Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) students who embarked on an innovative renewable technology-learning tour.

The tour included exposure to industry leaders and was made possible through the Australian Government's Endeavour Mobility Grants.

Department Head of Electrical Trades, Josephine Whitfield, and Electrical Trades Teacher Stuart Butterworth led the group through the study tour.

"The tour allowed students pursuing electrical trades to see design examples in the application of renewable energy including solar and battery storage and the outcomes on business and construction," Ms Whitfield said.

The group visited the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore at the National University of Singapore, where students saw the world's largest testbed for floating solar photovoltaic systems.

The group also visited with Schneider Electric (SE), a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes and buildings. SE led the students through buildings that are at the cutting-edge of energy usage and smart technology. Students also had the opportunity to meet with practitioners, suppliers and installers of products and learn about their impact on industry.

In France, the students visited the Paris headquarters of Neoen, one of the world's leading independent producers of renewable energy. Neoen also facilitated the group's visit to Cesta's Solar Park, Europe's largest solar photovoltaic plant.

In Seville, Spain, the students were hosted by Abengoa-Algonquin Global Energy Solutions, a global leader in the socially responsible development of energy and water assets.

The trip helped students expand their perspective and consider the range of possibilities available in the renewables sector. "The opportunity to complement the students' hands-on, practical and technical training with international exposure is invaluable to develop 21st Century, industry-relevant capabilities," Ms Whitfield said.

Student grants are made possible with support from the Australian Government's Australia Awards - Endeavour Mobility Grants program.

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