Special International Training Course on "Design , Installation & Maintenance of Small Wind Turbine"

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Special International Training Course on "Design , Installation & Maintenance of Small Wind Turbine"
held during 25th October - 10th November 2017

     The Special International Training Course on" Design, Installation and Maintenance of Small Wind Turbine" was successfully organized during 25th October – 10th November 2017 and sponsored by DPA - II division of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India under ITEC programme. The objective of the International Course is designed such a way that the participants will themselves design the parts / components of the Small Wind Turbines from the low cost and locally available materials and construct, Install, commission and erect the turbine to produce power along with Operation Maintenance practices. The course was attended by 19 Participants from 10 countries (Afghanistan, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Myanmar, Suriname, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and one participants from India.

     The training course was inaugurated by Shri. D. Lakshmanan, Deputy Director General and Group Head, F&A & ITCS, NIWE

Shri. D. Lakshmanan inaugurating the Course

     The major part of the course contents of the training were handled by Shri. Jorge Ayarza, Engineers and Founder of MINVAYU, Auroville with the support of NIWE scientist / engineers. During the 17 days course, the participants had themselves designed the parts / components of the Small Wind Turbines apart from study visits to wind farms.

     The participants had visited the Centralized Monitoring Station (CMS) of Suzlon at Radhapuram, where they had a chance of listening from the industry experts who are actually in the field.

     The participants were taken to southern part of Tamil Nadu to visit Wind Turbine Test / Research Station 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 WTRS, Kayathar

     Participants stayed at Kanyakumari during the study visit period and the experience at Cape Comorin (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.

     Dr. K. Balaraman, Director General, NIWE was the Chief Guest for the valedictory function and distributed the course certificates to all the participants.

Dr. K. Balaraman delivering the Valedictory address and Shri George Ayarza 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.