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

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Special International Training Course on "Design, Installation and Maintenance of Small Wind Turbine"
14th November - 14th December 2018

      Renewable Energy in particular Wind and Solar has become mainstay in meeting energy needs having achieved grid parity in term of costs as well as technical requirement. The wind energy has proved a highly successful energy option with installation of over 522 GW worldwide as on April 2018. It is estimated that viable wind power potential across globe is 72 TW, which is four times more than the current World’s total energy demand. The major wind generator installation is in USA, some of the European countries and Asian countries like China and India and other countries catching up with the rest. Lack of skilled human resource has been one of the main barriers that hinders wind and other renewable energy integration.

     The global market for small wind turbines (SWTs) has been on the upswing over the last two to three years, which can be deployed for a diverse pool of applications, both in 'grid-tied' and 'stand- alone' modes. The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 755 MW by end of 2013 and China contributes 41%, USA 30% and UK 15%. Based on the world distribution of turbine manufacturers, the production of small wind remains concentrated in few world regions in China, in North America and in several European countries. Developing countries continue to play a minor role in small wind manufacturing.

      The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India has pioneered in promoting wind Energy and has contributed for promotion of wind energy as one of the primary energy sources in India. Decades of concerted efforts have started to yield gratifying results and today, Wind power contributes about 10% (34,046 MW) of the total Indian energy mix of 3,43,788 MW and stands fourth in terms of installed wind power capacity worldwide as on April 2018. Small wind is the best decentralized form suitable for Urban setup and can work in complimentary pattern with Solar roof top. To highlight, NIWE has so far successfully organized 28 international training courses, wherein 572 professionals from over 80 countries have been trained and has also organized 27 national training courses and trained about 1300 professionals which includes special course on Small Wind Turbine design, installation and maintenance. With this vast experience, India can incorporate lessons learnt from its own experience to foster growth elsewhere in the globe. In this context, a five weeks International Training Course is scheduled by NIWE. The Course is sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, under ITEC programme.

  • The prime objective is to transfer knowledge and special skills to the international participants.
  • To build skilled human resource so that there will be advancement of wind energy in the participating country.
  • To provide an invaluable platform for exchange of professional and cultural experiences among diverse participants.
  • To leverage the research that continues to shape this rapidly evolving discipline.
  • Exchange of open source technical advances, experiences and discuss global best practices to enable the technology to expand rural wind electrification globally.
Training Methodology
  1. Class room lectures including exercises and case studies to stimulate active participation and dialogue.
  2. Practical classes at different laboratories.
  3. Hands-on working on wind energy systems.
  4. Study visits to operating wind farms and wind turbine manufacturing facilities to enhance effective transfer of knowledge.
Course Sylabus

      The course content for the training has been carefully thought out syllabus with specific subject experts giving lectures and going through specific case studies such that, at the end of the course considerable useful knowledge transfer is perceived.

The course will address the following aspects:

  • Introduction to wind energy, evolution & developments.
  • Government policies and supportive schemes.
  • Introduction to Small Wind turbine & Hybrid Systems.
  • Sitting of SWT in Urban landscape.
  • Design, Installation & Commissioning of Small Wind Turbine.
  • Hybrid system with Wind component & energy storage.
  • O & M aspects of Small Wind Turbine

      The 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, construct, Installation, commission and erection of the turbine to produce power and also Operation Maintenance practices. The participants will spent more time at the laboratory for practicals.

The Programme

The course duration will be 31 days from 14th November - 14th December 2018.


The venue for the programme will be the Conference Hall of National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai, India.

Target Participants

The course will be useful for anyone involved in wind energy or those who are looking for an introduction. Persons from the following fields will find this course very relevant.

  • Academic and R & D Institutions
  • Power Industry
  • Wind Turbine Manufacturers
  • Suppliers and Distributors
  • Utilities
  • Consultants
  • Project Developers
  • Government Organization
  • Rural Mechanics
  • NGOs & independent and Green Engineers
Resource Persons

      The resource persons for the training course would be scientists / engineers of NIWE, Small Wind Turbine Manufacturers, Experts and Engineers, who have contributed significantly for the development of small wind turbine technology. The design, construction and maintenance of small wind turbine part will be done by the Engineers of Minvayu, Auroville, Tamil Nadu near Pondicherry, who have rich experience in design, construction, supply and providing training for the rural mechanics to build, install and maintain low cost wind turbines with local materials.

Reason to Attend
The course will offer a good foundation on the principles of engineering behind wind energy technology and power generation and detailed about making Small Wind Turbines with Installation, Commissioning and O&M aspects. The course would facilitate an invaluable forum for dialogue and open exchange of views and experiences with Indian scientists and professionals. The course would give a picture of complete know-how and pave the way to go about designing and manufacturing Small Wind Turbines as well as the installation and maintenance of the same.

  • Applicants should be from any one of the ITEC countries. List of ITEC countries can be found in www.itecgoi.in
  • Degree in Science / Diploma / Engineering Disciplines / ITI Holder / Rural Mechanic with Knowledge in English.
  • Age should be between 25 to 45 years.
Course Fee

     There is NO COURSE FEE for the participnats of ITEC partner countries and is fully funded by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India under ITEC programme. The funding includes to and fro air fare, local travels, accommodation, living allowance and book allowance. Accommodation provided will be of international standards.

How to Apply?
  1. Those who are interested to apply for this Training Course are required to visit the website www.itecgoi.in.
  2. Click on the NEW USER for filling up the online application form. It will take you to the streams to be chosen where you have to choose ’Environmental and Renewable Energy Course’ and then select ’National Institute of Wind Energy’.
  3. It will take you to the institute page where you have to click on the ’apply’ link provided in Special International Training Course on Wind Resource Assessment and Wind Farm Planning the instructions.

     Applicants are required to apply for ITEC training programme by filling up the online application form and take a print out of filled form. This form is to be submitted to the nodal / designated Government Department / Agency of applicant’s country.

     Nodal/designated Department/Agency is, in turn, required to forward the applications to the Embassy / High Commission of India, accredited / concurrently accredited to the nominating country along with undertaking by candidate and certification from employer (Part-II of Application Form).

     Candidates may check the status of their application by logging-in at The credentials for log-in may be noted while filling up the application form.

Course Coordinator

Dr. P. Kanagavel
Additional Director
Information, Training and Customized Services
National Institute of Wind Energy
Velachery - Tambaram Main Road, Pallikaranai, Chennai - 600 100, Tamil Nadu
Ph: +91-44-2246 3982, +91-44-2246 3983, +91-44-2246 3984, +91-44-2246 3994 (Direct)
Mobile: +91-9445798007
Fax: 044 - 22463980
E-Mail : itraining.niwe@nic.in