Siemens announced that OffTECBase, a safety and technology training course provider in Enge-Sande, Schleswig-Holstein, is collaborating with the wind turbine provider to deliver practical training courses to technicians.
The training institute has selected two of the latest Siemens SWT-3.6-130 direct-drive wind turbine systems, to be installed in the wind farm close to the training site.
Under this partnership, both firms will work together to develop the content of future training courses and to train technicians using real wind technology.
The deal will be mutually beneficial for both parties. OffTEC benefits from Siemens’ leading role in introducing industrial safety standards throughout the industry. In turn, the company can have a good proportion of its assembly and service technicians trained using the latest systems at OffTEC.
The two new wind turbines round out a fleet of systems comprising all the key Siemens models. The two SWT-3.6-130 units are expected to be in place by the summer of 2017, Siemens said.
Klaus Loesmann, OffTEC’s commercial manager, says, “Working as a state-of-the-art technician in the wind industry requires maximum industrial safety. That’s why we’re rigorously expanding our basic principle of holding all our training sessions for offshore and onshore technicians at a single location and under real-life conditions. Extending our training field to include the latest generation of plant therefore represents an important step for us.”
Meanwhile Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division, said, “The training sessions add an important element to our activities in northern Germany: the locations in Lower Saxony, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein represent not only the latest in wind turbine technology, but also leading safety standards for maintenance on land and at sea.”