Ecotech Institute, a college focused exclusively on preparing graduates for careers in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, has installed new wind energy training systems at its Denver facility.
The Lab-Volt Nacelle Training System serves to establish essential technical and troubleshooting skills for wind energy technicians participating in Ecotech's two-year associate's degree program.
The system is a scaled-down replica of commercial wind turbine nacelles and consists of a complete drivetrain, including the main shaft, a gearbox with a transparent side cover, speed sensors, a hydraulic brake and an asynchronous generator.
The Hydraulic Pitch Hub Trainer, also installed at Ecotech Institute, includes a proportional hydraulic cylinder and is an accurate representation of a wind turbine blade. Students use this machine to learn about hydraulic pitch control and hydraulic pitch control operation.