Bicton College’s innovative new Environmental and Renewable Technologies Hub (EaRTH) has been officially launched.
The event, which saw nearly 200 people attend, was designed to showcase the new centre, to demonstrate the cutting-edge technologies and to give thanks to all those in the community who have been part of its construction.
There were short talks by the principal of Bicton College, David Henley, and the Head of EaRTH, Graham Waddell, as well as inspiring talk by Juliet Davenport, CEO of south west based Good Energy, and a passionate advocate of sustainable energy technology.
The Hub includes new training bays, solar tubes that let in natural daylight and a biomass boiler. Many of the technologies that keep EaRTH lit, heated, cooled or running are exposed, allowing people to see how they work and to really feel part of this building.
Mr Henley said: “What really struck me tonight was pride – firstly the sense of ownership from the local community who are proud to share this facility with Bicton and secondly is pride of the impressive feat of engineering in an agricultural context that this building demonstrates.”