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Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)


E-Learning Award

Loughborough University Wins Prestigious e-Learning Excellence Award
10 November 2015



Dr Richard Blanchard and Dr Sheryl Williams have won the 2015 e-Learning Excellence Award at the 14th European Conference on e-Learning for their work on the Photovoltaic Remote Laboratory.

The remote laboratory project beat off competition from 60 other entries from as far afield as Australia, South Africa and Canada.

The remote laboratory enables distance learning students to perform real experiments, via the Internet, on a rig to allow them to demonstrate understanding of the relationships between different photovoltaic module types, irradiance and temperature. 

Richard said “I am truly delighted that all the hard work by everyone who has been involved in this unique development has been recognised.  We are planning to develop additional remote laboratories for wind energy and micro-grids”.

Sheryl added, ‘We are especially pleased that the main reasons cited for us winning this prestigious award were innovation and complexity. All the team (top) can be very proud. The fact that students all over the world get to benefit from an enhanced learning experience is a tremendous achievement.’

Details of how the Remote Lab was developed and how it works can be found on here.