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Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment Exchange to the Netherlands 2013

It is has been quite the experience participating in the Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment Program (EEBE) thus far. As a student enrolled in the Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology Program (ESET), it has been educational to witness discussions on how sustainable practices are achieved in the Netherlands. Mild weather conditions and high oil and electricity prices seemingly drive the focus of energy conservation to the development and maximization of mechanical systems. Participating in round table brain-storming discussions have been a valuable experience, and will be a tactic that comes home with me.

This week we had the privilege to attend an off-grid sustainable energy engineering office. Cedel: Duurzame Energie (Cedel: Renewable Energy) are not only a forward-thinking renewable energy firm that specializes in solar and wind technologies, but are also a firm focused on developing an in-house energy and weather monitoring system. Measurement and verification is vital to the renewable energy industry, and Cedel has made it a priority to provide real-time data for their clients. The best part is Cedel invests in the future development of renewable energy practices in the Netherlands by hiring students to construct these systems that are compatible for both new construction and existing buildings.

It is comforting to witness, that despite differences in geography and approach, Canadian and Dutch students are headed in the same direction.

Adam Maxner
NSCC Student, Annapolis Valley Campus
Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology

Posted by NSCC Intl 05:26 Archived in Netherlands Tagged education netherlands energy abroad exchange nova scotia study sustainability renewable

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