Two South West College employees were members of a select group to visit Emmen in the Netherlands as part of the Grundtvig learning partnership. Shane McBrien and Barry McCarron who work in CREST had the privilege of joining 5 other participants from Ireland on the expedition.
Barry and Shane were provided with the opportunity to visit Landgoed Scholtenszathe which is located to the east of Emmen. Landgoed Scholtenszathe is a 1000 hectare agricultural enterprise which focuses on the growth of crops and forestry.
This excursion was of particular benefit to both members of the CREST team as the trip had an element that focused on renewable energies. Participants were provided with the opportunity to learn about local energy initiatives. They were also provided with the chance to see solar PV system that was installed which greatly reduced the total energy costs of Landgoed Scholtenszathe.
Barry McCarron was delighted with this opportunity. “In summary we found the trip really good and enjoyable and one that will inform our work in CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology). It was a great platform for networking and knowledge transfer. Myself and Shane thought that the Solar PV installation at Landgoed Scholtenszathe in Emmen was particularly interesting as it directly corresponds with the Solar PV tracking system and recently installed Energy Storage at CREST.
We also found the visit to Drenthe College was also of significance as it has many similarities to South West College. They are also focusing on renewable energy and sustainable technologies through innovative collaboration with Students, business and local government. We one such example of this is the form of a solar photovoltaic speed boat which was developed in the college.”