The 18th International Training Course on "Wind Turbine Technology and Applications" was successfully organized by the ITCS Unit during 17th August to 09th September 2016. This is a special training course for ITEC / SCAAP Countries sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India under ITEC / SCAAP programme. The objective of the International Course is to address all aspects of Wind Power starting from introduction to wind and its technology, wind resource assessment, installation, operation and maintenance aspects of wind farms along with financial analysis and CDM benefits. The course was attended by 30 Participants from 20 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Democratic Republic Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gambia, Guyana, Iran, Jordan, Lesotho, Myanmar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Vietnam)
This programme was inaugurated by Prof. Santosh Kapuria, Director, CSIR - Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai.
|Course Material release during inauguration|
The course content of the training was very comprehensive and the lectures of the course were handled by eminent Scientists, Engineers and other wind energy professionals from NIWE, wind turbine industries and academic institutions, who have years of experience. During the 24 days programme, Forty six classroom lectures were handled apart from practical training, field & factory visits to provide complete knowledge transfer to the participants.
As part of the training programme, the practical training was arranged on Wind Resource Assessment, instrumentation, Testing & R&D equipments apart from factory visit to M/s Regen powertech, TADA where they had a chance of listening from the industry experts who are actually in the process of making wind turbines.
|Participants at ReGen Powertech Manufacturing Factory, TADA|
As part of the study visit, all the participants were taken to southern part of Tamil Nadu to visit Wind Turbine Test / Research Station located at Kayathar, where they got exposure on small and large wind turbine testing process apart from visiting wind farms in and around Kanyakumari, where wind turbines are installed in large numbers like coconut trees.
|Participants at R&D Wind Turbine and Substation at Kayathar|
Participants stayed at Kanyakumari during the study visit period and the experience at Cape Comerin (southern tip of India) are so exciting to the participants such as seeing the sunrise and sunset and cultural visits showcasing the spiritual heritage of India.
Shri. V. Viswanathan, Associate Vice President, Special Projects - India, TUV India Private Limited was the Chief Guest for the valedictory function and distributed the course certificates to the all the participants.
|Shri. V. Viswanathan delivering the Valedictory address and distributing the Course Certificate|
The course structure and organization of training was highly appreciated by the participants. The participants were very much satisfied by the quality of lectures and hospitality they found in India.