Bicton EaRTH launches HETAS domestic biomass installer course

Bicton EaRTH launches HETAS domestic biomass installer course

Environmental and renewable technologies hub Bicton EaRTH has launched a domestic biomass course for installations up to 45kW.
EaRTH has become one of a small number of approved HETAS training centres in the UK and will specialise in delivering HETAS biomass domestic installation courses for the South West.
The week-long course will enable successful participants to advise clients on fuel types, storage options, system design and installation specification. Successful completion of the H005 or H005DE biomass training courses allows HETAS registrants to install domestic biomass systems through registration with HETAS on their competent persons registration scheme, and can be used as part of the criteria for approval with HETAS as an MCS biomass installer.
The pilot course was held at Bicton EaRTH in July, and monthly courses are running from September 2013, led by experienced trainers and South West biomass installers Duncan Biggs and Mike Geis.
“The market for biomass heating is set to grow rapidly, particularly with planned financial incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive. Opportunities for qualified biomass installers are increasing and it’s great to be involved with the provision of training, particularly in the South West,” said Duncan.
“This area of the country, with so many properties off the gas grid and households reliant on high cost fossil fuel energy sources, desperately needs viable renewable heating alternatives.”
The three boilers for EaRTH’s training centre were provided by Taunton-based Dunster Biomass Heating and Teignmouth’s Bio Nordic, with flues and chimneys supplied by French company Poujoulat. All components came from Swiss firm Gerberit, as well as the innovative mapress gun that allows pipework to be connected easily, and a series of interpretation boards for use in the training centre. The refurbishment and installation itself was carried out by Exmouth installation company Complete Biomass Ltd and Plumbase provided a range of plumbing materials.
Graham Waddell, Head of EaRTH at Bicton College said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with this range of leading companies in the plumbing and heating industries. Bicton is grateful for the generous support of these companies with products, time and expertise, allowing us to complete this state of the art HETAS biomass training facility bang on time for the start of our training programme.
“We will be providing high calibre industry training for those tradespeople wanting to capitalise on the growing biomass installation market.”
The purpose-built EaRTH centre, opened in 2012, combines innovative demonstration space with practical facilities for technology-specific training and is part of Bicton College, the foremost college for the land and environment in the South West.
To find out more visit www.bictonearth.co.uk