The generator control system is the heart of a utility-scale wind turbine, converting mechanical rotation of the hub into clean, 3-phase power that synchronizes with the utility grid. To operate and maintain a wind turbine effectively, wind turbine technicians must have the special skills needed to service, operate, and troubleshoot the generator control system, which includes the generator, rectifier, generator control unit, power distribution panel, pad mounted transformer, and generator control software.
Wind energy is a significant source of power whose use is growing dramatically, from under 3 gigawatts installed capacity in 1999 to over 34 gigwatts installed capacity in 2009 according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The Department of Energy has also set a goal for 20% of electrical energy used in the United States to be from wind power by 2030. Wind farms can be found popping up all over the central United States, the need for qualified wind technicians in wind rich areas will continue to grow. To accommodate that growth Tech-Labs has partnered with leading manufactures to provide educators with the very best technical teaching equipment available. From Utility Grade to Residential Grade there is a program for all levels.
Wind Turbine Technicians are in demand – with few to be found. They are uniquely skilled, handling a wide breadth of operational and maintenance issues, frequently while a hundred meters in the air. The job skills they require incorporate many traditional technical disciplines like electric motor control, wiring, rotating machines, hydraulics, mechanical drives, networks, etc., along with more specialized skills in wind turbine nacelles, hubs, and turbine generator control units.
The demand for qualified solar and small wind technicians is rising, as more consumers and businesses apply solar energy and small wind systems in their communities. Many employers prefer employment candidates who are certified. Amatrol’s 850 series Alternative Energy Learning System supports the learning necessary to prepare for portions of the solar and small wind certifications offered by such certifying groups as NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners), SWCC (Small Wind Certification Council), and ETA (Electronics Technicians Association).
Amatrol’s 950-TEH1 Turbine Electric Hub Troubleshooting Learning System teaches students adaptive skills for wind turbine operation, adjustment and troubleshooting in a wide variety of situations. The 950-TEH1 allows students to develop and practice component, subsystem, and system level skills. The fully functional, scaled down utility scale turbine electric hub. The Turbine Electric Hub Troubleshooting Learning System includes...
Amatrol’s 950-TNC1 Turbine Electric Hub Troubleshooting Learning System provides students the adaptive skills required for wind turbine operation, adjustment and troubleshooting. The 950-TEH1 is a scaled down fully functional utility scale turbine electric hub while allows students to develop and practice component, sub-system and system level skills. To aid in the students skill development...