Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. has unveiled a new training center that will provide training for wind technicians across its North American operations.
The facility will feature a 4,000 square-foot lab, an 8,000 square-foot wind turbine training center and a fully operational wind turbine dedicated exclusively to training. The center also is equipped with a fully powered independent hub and pitch system to allow for simultaneous training in the nacelle and the hub.
In addition, Suzlon installed a ‘working-at-heights’ training area to simulate on-the-job experiences working atop wind turbines. The company has also designed the facility to allow room for a second turbine to accommodate growth.
‘People want to see more green jobs, and I'm proud to say that Suzlon plans to train 300 wind technicians this year who work at our wind farms in North America,’ says Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy. ‘This is valuable training and knowledge that our employees will bring to maintaining more than 1,200 turbines in 16 U.S. states and in Canada."
The training center is a new addition to Suzlon's 64,000 square-foot central distribution center in Elgin, Ill., which opened in October 2010.