Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. – the North American subsidiary of Suzlon Energy Limited (SEL), the world’s fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer – today opened a state-of-the-art training center that will provide training for wind technicians across its North American operations.
“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,” said Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. “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. Investing in our workforce is a key reason that our North American fleet frequently exceeds 98 percent availability.”
Suzlon’s eco-friendly training facility will feature a 4,000-square-foot lab, an 8,000-square-foot wind-turbine training center and North America’s only fully operational wind turbine dedicated exclusively for training purposes. The center also is equipped with a fully powered independent hub and pitch system to allow for simultaneous training in the nacelle and in the hub. In addition, Suzlon installed a unique “working-at-heights” training area to simulate on-the-job experiences working atop wind turbines. Suzlon has also designed the facility to allow room for a second turbine to accommodate growth.
Environmentally friendly features of the center include energy-efficient LED lighting, LED televisions and sound-proofing technology that converts sound to heat. The HVAC system operates at better than 98 percent efficiency, and the building materials were made with recycled or eco-friendly products.
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.