Published: 24 October 2011
Virtual university for energy-efficient electrical practice
A free online ‘Energy University’ for technical professionals and engineering students has been established in Australia by Schneider Electric, a global corporation specialising in energy management technologies.
The online courses cover energy management in industry, commercial buildings, homes and data centres, building automation systems, data centre efficiencies and industry insulation.
Schneider claims the online learning program educates users about ‘energy efficient solutions and energy management practices that can save money, reduce emissions and increase business efficiency’.
‘As Australia moves to a low carbon economy, there will be increasing pressure to apply energy efficiency improvements to business operations and personal lives,’ said Schneider Electric Pacific’s Phil Ridler.
‘Our belief is that the greatest impact that can be made on sustainability and energy management is through increased awareness and education which, over time will result in behaviour change.’
Ali Fareed, an electrical engineer at AMEC Minproc has completed six Energy University courses online.
‘I completed courses on energy management and automation and am now in a much stronger position to advise my mining customers on the energy efficient products available and the cost benefits of each,’ he said.
‘Our customers are starting to ask questions about energy management and it’s important that we have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the new developments in this space.’
Students of the international Energy University range from professional engineers, sustainability and operations managers to university students.
The program, which Schneider claims is vendor- and product-neutral, offers more than 50 courses in nine languages.
Courses cover energy management in industry, commercial buildings, homes and data centres, and range from energy audit instrumentation and energy procurement, to building automation systems, data centre efficiencies and industry insulation.
Source: Schneider Electric