In order to disseminate knowledge on production technology of clean energy, Earth University in Costa Rica developed the first Research and Development of Renewable Energy. This is the first of its kind in Central America, and now becomes one of the things to see in costa rica.
The Center is part of the REN @ EARTH, which was funded by the Ministry of Environment of Germany, through the program "Climate Change Initiative." "They are trying to take steps to reduce global CO2 and one of the points is an education," said Bert Kohlmann, Director of Research.
The place is equipped with different stuff for teaching about renewable energy, photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas. "Even human energy is produced. We also produce a bike for electricity,” Kohlmann said.
The operation of the center began in September last year with the students of the University. Recently, it was offered a free course for people interested in the subject.
"We are not teaching how to make these large dams that makes the ICE, we are teaching how, at the family or small business, you can produce renewable energy and make use of the technology, which is aimed at the agricultural field," said Kohlmann.
This beautiful land is more than landscapes and all inclusive hotels in costa rica; is about caring about the environment and making it happen.
The Renewable Energy Centre has caused much interest worldwide. For example, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) is interested in generating courses this year using the Centre. Similarly, many foreign universities (mainly U.S.) want to use the Centre for their academic courses.
If you are coming for a vacation, your costa rica travel costs probably won’t include a visit to the Earth University, but if you find nature interesting, you will find this place as one of the most fascinating in Latin America.