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Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)


Loughborough University shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award 2016
18 November 2016

Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award in the Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research category for their work on the Photovoltaic Remote Laboratory.

This is not the first time CREST have been nominated for an award, having won the 2015 e-Learning Excellence Award at the 14th European Conference on e-Learning, having beaten off stiff competition to claim their prize.

The innovative remote laboratory enables learners from across the globe to develop experiential knowledge in solar technologies. Through harnessing the power of the Internet, wherever students are in the world they can access and control an actual lab equipped with real hardware 24/7, through an online booking system.

“The mere fact of being able to inflict live controlled actions and measure their effects remotely from Egypt all the way in England all while watching it is absolutely brilliant.”

This cutting edge technology is helping to re-imagine the possibilities surrounding the use of remote laboratories educationally and within industry, by demonstrating how e-Learning is conceivable with real hardware.

Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology is in the process of discussing the construction of further remote laboratories, aiming to make additional experiments accessible to those studying worldwide.

This nomination cements the hard work and dedication by everyone involved in the project over the four years it took to complete.

Dr Richard Blanchard, Lecturer in Renewable Energy who originated the lab said,

“We have come a long way since we first thought of developing the remote lab. I am grateful for all the staff and students who have had the passion to create this wonderful resource and proud of what has been achieved.”

Dr Sheryl Williams, the Flexible and Distance Learning Manger added,

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious THE AWARDS 2016 in The Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research category.  Our PV remote Lab provides real control of actual lab equipped to students 24/7 from anywhere in the world.”

The awards dinner and ceremony will take place on Thursday 24 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. It promises to be a spectacular event with well over 1000 guests expected to attend, including politicians, senior sector figures, and academic and professional university staff from all corners of the UK.