STEM Foundation

Wind Power Generation Up-close

Date: 13 November 2013 : 10:00 - 16:00

Siemen’s Energy Service Training Centre in Newcastle delivers training to many technician and engineering staff at the company. The centre has dedicated areas containing wind, steam and gas turbines and generator technology, where employees and apprentices are trained in an environment closely resembling that which they will experience in the field.

The £8 million Energy Service Training Centre was opened in 2011 to provide a unique in-house training environment for service technicians working on both fossil and renewable power plants. It is a centre for excellence for the development of skills and the delivery of comprehensive safety and technical training. The training centre incorporates the wind power training school, a unique training environment in the UK, and offers a chance to see full-size 2.3MW and 3.6MW nacelles as well as viewing the training facilities.

The day will offer talks on the current energy market, the next development phase for wind farms and the skills requirements. There will be tours and for the intrepid, the experience of a simulated evacuation from a 15m high wind turbine.

The session is ideal for:

  • Curriculum leaders in renewables and power, general engineering, environmental engineering, electrical & electronics
  • Lecturers and assessors in engineering, including mechanical/manufacturing, electrical & electronic
  • It will also be of interest to lecturers and teachers of science, including green technologies and sustainability
  • It will also be of interest to business development directors looking to understand the engineering and large-scale renewables sector

*Timings are approximate

Time

Activity

9:30

Registration Tea and coffee provided

10:00

Welcome, introductions and about NEF

10:10

Introduction to Siemens

Including a Health & Safety induction

10:45

Tour of the Energy Service Training Centre

A view of the facilities and equipment.

11:45

Presentation: An overview of the Energy Market

The “here and now” of energy, the players and stakeholders, the policies and current technologies.

12:30

Lunch & Networking

13:15

Presentation: The Next 3-10 Years of Offshore Wind Energy

Development in the far-shore (over 10 kms from land) and the technological breakthroughs to support future expansion.

14:00

Presentation and Discussion: Skills for the Sector

Implications for future training and education.

14:45

Back to the Training Centre: Into a Nacelle

And volunteers can take in a simulated evacuation from a 15m high wind turbine.

15:30

Q&A and Feedback

16:00

End of day

BENEFITS

This is a fantastic chance to

  • get up close to wind turbines
  • be updated on current issues of power generation in the UK
  • learn about technology for large scale renewables
  • link to industry to learn of their skills issues
  • network with colleagues from other colleges
  • and for lecturers, to return to your teaching refreshed and enthused.

LOCATION

Siemen’s Energy Service Training Centre

CA Parsons Works
Shields Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 2YL

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