Action: Leonardo Da Vinci

Field: Development of Innovation


Start Date:01/01/1999

End Date:31/12/2001

Duration:36 Months


The production of the electrical energy is accomplished in big thermoelectric and hydroelectric stations. These stations consume oil, natural gas, coal, uranium or other split materials and waterpower. However, all these energy sources have relatively limited prospects since traditional fuel energy resources are running out, nuclear energy is extremely dangerous and the hydro energy resources are quantitatively specified and geographically allocated. The energy crisis is obvious. Thus, the need for searching for and exploiting new energy resources was implied.

In general, the current trend is towards the use of Renewable Energy Resources as opposed to the traditional fuel, the waterpower and the nuclear energy.

Given the policy of the European Union concerning Renewable Energy Resources and the forthcoming threat of being of the traditional energy sources like fuel and oil, there is an international trend in using RER. This is enforced not only by government energy producers but also by industry and private organizations

The upcoming large-scale use of solar cells and air turbines in Europe imposes the need for personnel (mainly electricians) specialized in the installation and maintenance of the above mentioned systems. More specifically, the electric circuits, buffering and automations of these systems.

The objective of this project is the specialization of electrotechnicians who are graduates of Technical Schools. The project is aiming at a long distance and life long training on the installation and maintenance of electrical circuits and automations necessary for solar energy systems and wind energy systems (e.g. Photovoltaic systems and air turbines). The distance and life long training will be implemented by means of advanced Internet tools and services.

It is common remark among the Network Scientists, that despite of the last years tremendous evolution of computer communication networks and especially Internet and their services and facilities, little has been done towards the direction of usage and penetration of these network services within the domain of education- training and mainly within the subdomains of life long training, continuing vocational training and distance training.

It is also perceivable by the average mind and not only by the experts authority, that the user friendly multimedia based communication as well as information services of Internet, can be used as a standard electronic platform to support not only separate actions but also and primarily the main procedures of distance, life long and continuing training. The penetration of the above mentioned telecommunication and information services within these educational subdomains will improve on one hand the effectiveness and productivity parameters of these educational training subdomains because of the multiplicative possibilities that are involved due to the evolving widespread and boundless network distribution among several vocational groups, last years. On the other hand these network services are cheap enough or cheaper compared to any other candidate, so that they can assure the performance-price ratio and will be improved even further by mere usage and exploitation of these services.

In this project we are going to design and develop the following:

a. An electronic environment that will be based on the usage of the advanced teleconference (e-mail, chat, voice, video) services of Internet. This environment will work via Internet will offer a sum of facilities and services that will be able to support, via an easy and friendly way, education and training in the form of life long and continuing education and training.

b. The design and development of electronic informative material in the form of Web and CD-ROM is included. This informative material will be based on text sound and video (multimedia) and will be directed towards the aim of training in electrology (science, modern products and technology) the community of industrial electricians and students.

c. Furthermore the creation of a human network of scientists, technicians and productors within the scientific domain of electrology, is also within the central goals of the present proposal. This network will undertake the role of the information circulator from and to industry, electricians, and students. This network, via specific actions, will inform the electricians and students for new products, availability prices e.t.c. Also will bear the feedback and demands from electricians o industry.

d. In addition the installation and running of the appropriate teleconference services of Internet based on chat, voice and video are included in the goals of this proposal. The teleconference services will support the distributed operation of the human network and will be used to support and cooperate with the above-mentioned “electronic environment”.

e. Finally, the design and running of a pilot application of life long and distance training within the scientific domain of electrology will be corporatred in the proposal. In  this pilot all the above mentioned actions and developments will be coordinated so  that  the desired outcome of training will be available in the electricians community, for application and evaluation that will lead to the final improvements of the central as well as the subsidiary design and developments.



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