This month the IOR has seen the 1000th person register for its free REAL Alternatives e-learning programme.
Launched almost exactly one year ago the programme now boast an uptake of about 30 new learners a month, with a learning community spread across UK, Poland, Italy, Germany, France and Belgium.
With the industry moving quickly towards the wider use of alternatives and the concerns that engineers have a good understanding of the fundamentals related to new refrigerants like HFOs or R32, as well as the traditional alternatives such as hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and ammonia, the programme has had a wide appeal.
Comments from those who have studied the modules have also been very positive:
"I think the material is well written and in plain English that is easy to understand.”
“Overall very good with useful links to further resources” .
Consideration is being given to new programmes in Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish and Swedish. We are also speaking to the Commission about the possibility of sharing the material wider, in developing countries who are looking to move away from higher GWP HFCs in the coming years.
This programme, added to the already available REAL Zero which focused on leakage of HFCs, means that the IOR can provide an even wider range of opportunities for technicians to improve their skills and update their knowledge – without having to leave home! Everything is available on line including seven course modules, an e-library of industry resources and downloads of spreadsheets and templates.
The next opportunity to find out more about the programme and speak to the development team will be at the 2016 Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids conference in August in Edinburgh. A face to face training course based on elearning modules will be held as part of the conference, free to conference delegates. The course is being run by Jane Gartshore and Marco Buoni, who were both involved in developing the REAL Alternatives elearning.