Wind technicians now have a new training center where they can perfect various aspects of their trade. Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Wind Energy has announced the opening of a new training facility located in Elgin, Illinois.
The facility includes a 4,000 square-foot lab and an 8,000 square-foot training center, along with an operating wind turbine. The center is said to be the only operational wind turbine in the country used specifically for training purposes. Suzlon has made the training center hands-on by simulating situations that could take place on the job, including working atop a wind turbine.
The center was also built with environmentally-friendly elements in mind including: energy efficient LED lighting, LED televisions and sound-proofing technology that can convert sound into heat. The building’s HVAC system also operates at more than 98 percent efficiency. The building’s materials come from recycled and eco-friendly products.
Each year, Suzlon says it plans to train as many as 300 of its wind technicians at the facility. Suzlon has more than 1,200 turbines across 16 U.S. states and Canada that require ongoing maintenance. The manufacturer was ranked as the world’s fifth largest wind turbine supplier, in terms of cumulative installed capacity, at the end of 2010.