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The SEAM (Sustainable Energy And Micro-renewables) Centre at Inverness College has been created with a key aim of increasing the availability and quality of training for micro-renewable energy installers in Scotland.  Our new facility is equipped with a range of demonstration equipment for technologies such as solar hot water, solar PV, heat pumps and biomass boilers.  We also have well-appointed classroom space that allows us to provide a combination of practical and theory training dedicated to renewable energy.  Our courses are accredited by the British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) and play an important part in installer companies gaining Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation, which is essential if their customers wish to claim the financial subsidies available for micro-renewable energy.



Inverness College is involved with the SMALLEST project because it is an ideal opportunity to create, deliver and share renewable energy training that builds on the experience of partners throughout the Northern Periphery Programme.  Many of the domestic-scale technologies are considered to be relatively new in Scotland, but have been installed and used for many years elsewhere.  The SEAM Centre is seeking to use that experience as it develops new courses.  In return, we can offer advice to project partners on training, qualifications and establishing suitable facilities, and share the materials we create as part of the project.



The SMALLEST project has been fundamental in enabling Inverness College to establish the SEAM Centre.  As the project continues we hope that our involvement will result in many communities, installers, home-owners and professionals such as architects having improved access to renewable energy training so that the standards and knowledge are increased across a broad spectrum of people.

The SEAM Centre is managed by Dr Peter Dennis with assistance from Andrew Leaver, funding manager at the college.  A number of lecturing staff are used for the development and delivery of our training courses, including William Andrews, Gary Austin, Ian Milne, Mark Webster and Andrew MacIntosh.



Dr Peter Dennis
SEAM Manager
+44 (0)1463 273650


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