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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

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ESD MPhil Spring Fieldtrip to Mid Wales 2015

last modified Apr 08, 2015 05:51 PM
ESD MPhil Spring Fieldtrip to Mid Wales 2015

Photo credit: Cruickshank

The ESD MPhil students had a successful fieldtrip looking at alternative technolgies in Mid Wales. They visited the Severn Trent Water anaerobic digestion plant Coleshill, Rheidol Wind Farm, Centre for Alternative Technology,  Rhiedol Hydro and Ironbridge Biomass Power station. They met entrepreneurs from Surechill (Cooling technology) and Dulas (solar, biomass, wind and hydro technoloiges ) and John Williamson Architect of Canolfan Hyydgen (UK's first accredited Passivhaus+ BREEAM excellent.)

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.