Carnegie College Sustainable Technology Centre

Carnegie College’s latest training centre for sustainable construction and micro-renewable technologies was officially opened by Bill Walker MSP on Thursday 8 December.
The new Centre at the College’s Halbeath campus extends the training available for the renewables industry provided at the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre.
Working in partnership with industry leaders Ideal, Ubbink and the Scottish Passive House Centre, Carnegie’s Sustainable Technology Centre is home to the latest technology and equipment, and will initially offer BPEC accredited courses for the installation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic PV systems, solar thermal hot water systems, under-floor heating, ground and air source heat pumps and smart metering.
Jim Brown, Head of the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre, explained the ethos behind this new centre. “This new Centre demonstrates Carnegie’s commitment to ensuring organisations receive up to the minute training to allow them to take advantage of the new business opportunities that are becoming available in the sustainable micro-renewable sector.
“Whilst we continue to be heavily involved in the training of personnel for the renewables industry – working with industry leaders who currently supply wind turbines on shore and offshore – the new Sustainable Technology Centre addresses the requirement for accredited certification for those working in the micro-renewable industry, ie photovoltaic technology, new domestic heating boiler systems including ground source heat pumps. Working demonstration models will be displayed in the Centre together with examples of smart meters, digital gas consumption displays and under-floor heating installations. Working closely with the Scottish Passive House Centre we will be in a position to offer those involved in construction, the training required to meet the standards required to produce the zero carbon buildings of the future and the best energy efficient systems for heating.”
Jim continued: “The training on offer will include how to carry out risk assessments and comply with current Health and Safety regulations including working with scaffolding and platforms. Construction joinery and roof tiling students have assisted in the erection of three training loft and roofs within the area. These will enable students to fit and install solar panels. Perspex ceilings will enable students to view insulation methods, and wall cavities will be visible and enable instruction to be given on flue management systems for boilers.”
For more information regarding these and other courses on offer, call 0844 248 0115 or email

Bill and Principal Geoff Fenlon at Sustainable Technology Centre Opening


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