Since Christmas we have held workshops for groups of various abilities, fields and ages. Our workshops are extremely useful to students as they can gain an insight into various technologies from our technicians here who have a wealth of experience. They also allow the students to see these various pieces of equipment in action and appreciate their use and importance.


CREST has many different technologies on display, including the Passive Pavilion which is one of very few BREEAM excellent, Carbon Zero and Passive House Standard buildings in the country. In the Pavilion we have various pieces of technology and demonstration pieces available to show students the importance of air tightness, how an air source heat pump works, and how to minimise thermal bridging, to name a few.


In our r&D Laboratory we have a biomass processing area, complete with biomass boiler, cutting mill, pelletiser and briquetter. We also have a sieve shaker for testing durability and a calorimeter to analyse the calorific value of various products.


We have recently installed a BMP room, specifically for testing the biomethane potential of many products. We now also have two sets of lab-scale AD testing plants.


All of these technologies together under the one roof give students a wide insight into the various renewable technologies currently available as well as their importance in cutting carbon emissions and becoming a more sustainable planet. For more information, please contact us via phone or email.


CREST Pavilion Co-ordinator Barry McCarron explaining the importance of air tightness using our wall graphics which give an easy insight into heat loss



Industrial Development Associate Paul Cairns explaining to students how the calorimeter is used






Senior Research Lecturer Aaron Black taking students through how to carry out FOS/TAC testing

Industrial Development Associate Gary Logue discussing Biogas and CHP technology and how this new form or reaping energy is changing the farming landscape

CREST r&D Laboratory Co-ordinator Shane McBrien giving students an introduction into the importance of renewable and sustainable technologies in meeting carbon targets

Industrial Development Associate Heather Young explaining the effectiveness of air source heat pumps, while using our testing rig to show how the technology works