Dom Busher, a student currently taking our MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment comments on the varied and in-depth biomass module that he recently attended.
“A broad overview of a massive area, and a very in-depth practical outcome. Over two visits to CAT we covered everything from biogas buses to chimney design and coppicing. We carried out detailed studies of a domestic and a commercial building to design a suitable biomass heating system, calculating passive gains, heat loads based on dynamic modelling, plant room lay out and financial appraisal.
“We delivered a group presentation in the second attendance, a great opportunity to team up, learn from each other, and present our heating solution to fellow students and four tutors. I particularly enjoyed the trip to visit a local wood processing business, two biomass heating systems of very different scales with the chance to interview the owners and operators, and the IBERS centre for biofuel development. Our practicals included measuring fuel moisture content, testing and calculating the efficiency of a storm kettle, and experimenting and tinkering with various biomass boilers on the CAT site. Other factors that made it a special experience were the fantastic food, accommodation, course organisation, accessible friendly tutors, stunning location, the Tafarn Dwynant down the road, and a great bunch of students, all exploring and challenging themselves to question how we move our energy systems in the right direction.”