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EDA’s insight on renewable energy


There is an urgent need to cut carbon, and with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference coming to Glasgow in November 2021, this is a year of action. But what does this mean for the electrotechnical wholesaler? Renewable energy is a business opportunity but does your team have the professional knowledge needed to engage your customers in a sales conversation?

In this issue we focus on Renewables, one of the EDA’s suite of 12 distance-learning training modules – part of the City & Guilds’ Accredited Product Knowledge Programme.

Professional know-how to drive sales

Improving your team’s technical know-how through the EDA’s training could unlock additional revenue for your business.

This training module will help your team’s sales potential in:

  • Promotion of the uptake of renewables
  • Solar photovoltaic
  • Electrical energy storage systems
  • Electric vehicles
  • Heat pumps
  • Wind turbines
  • Energy conservation

Double accreditation for your peace of mind

The EDA Product Knowledge modules are both CPD and City & Guilds Accredited.

Test your knowledge

Have a go at this quiz sampled from the Renewables training Textbook.

Check your answers at the end – but no peeking. If the results show that you need to boost your team’s know-how, talk to the EDA today.

Test your knowledge

Q1: Name the two basic types of PV cell.

Q2: What is the difference between kVA and kW?

Q3: What does the acronym WEEE stand for?

Q4: What percentage of Europe’s wind passes over the UK?

Q5: Name the three most common forms of electric vehicles.

Q6: List which four advantages of an electric plug-in vehicle over an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle you think are most important.


How did you do?

Full marks: fantastic, you’re entitled to call yourself Professor for the rest of the day.

3 – 5 out of 6: not bad. Could the EDA training help you to fill in any gaps in your knowledge?

Less than 3: the EDA Product Knowledge Programme could be just what you need to boost sales.

Q1: Monocrystalline silicon and polycrystalline silicon

Q2: kW is the power available to do real work and kVA is the ‘apparent’ power

Q3: Waste electrical and electronic equipment

Q4: 40%

Q5: HEVs (Hybrid Electric Vehicle), PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicle)

Q6: No exhaust emissions, no noise pollution, electric motors are very energy efficient, regenerative braking converts kinetic energy back into electrical energy, elimination of gearboxes and torque converters, low maintenance costs, used as a grid-balancing system for the grid during peak times. 

Download the Course Directory

There’s plenty of information available at https://www.eda.org.uk/ including a downloadable Course Directory, giving you a summary of what’s covered in each of the 12 training modules.

The EDA team is ready to help. Call: 020 3141 7350 or email: training@eda.org.uk

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