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THE GRIMSBY INSTITUTE


Then on to... The Grimsby Institute where we met Professor Mike Dillon to find out how they are planning to meet the demands of the renewable sector, particularly in the wind energy industry.


We let Mike describe the institute and the work which it does…


“I am Vice President of the world Network of Productivity Organisations with a specific mandate to support education in green technology. The Masters Degree programme in Productivity and Innovation has a green focus and a specific renewables route. Previous projects undertaken in the Masters have included energy benchmarking, energy education, sustainable energy strategy and role of solar power. The smart grid issues and wind power have emerged in our region as being critical. It was therefore decided in September 2008 to form a Grimsby Renewables partnership and as Vice Principal of the Grimsby Institute I was invited to join.


Our Dean of faculty Mick Lochran is heading the educational working group in the Institute along with James Danby and co-ordinating the development of the ladder of programmes offered by his engineering faculty. The major need for industry will be technician level programmes and we are working on the range of provision which encompasses that area.


The team has recently designed a new renewable centre as a phase 1 of putting in place the resources for the developing sector. At a later date we will announce the opening day and the key speakers - for now the build is underway covering both industrial and domestic applications.


On the industrial side the centre will include a range of mechanical, electrical and structural engineering equipment that will support training for both wind turbines and biomass technologies. This will include generators, gearboxes, electrical transmission and control equipment that will provide trainees with the opportunity to work on industrial standard equipment.


On the domestic front the centre will include the latest technologies including rain water and grey water reuse, solar heating, biomass and biofuel boilers in order to demonstrate best practice in renewable energy within the home and light industrial applications. By housing domestic and industrial application within one workshop the centre will provide a unique facility that will help to provide the skills for the area to maximise the benefits from this emerging and exciting area.


Finally our working group will be joined by the key engineers and management graduates who are acting as research staff for next few years - we already have turbine specialist and strategic planning capability being brought in to support the educational working group from UK and India.


We look forward to hearing what other education providers are planning and sharing best practice through this magazine. We will be taking this year’s group of Master's projects to the World Congress in Productivity in November 2010 - hopefully a range of innovative wind power projects supporting our industry will be featured in the next congress.”


Professor Mike Dillon The Grimsby Institute www.grimsby.ac.uk


WEWILL BE REVISITING BOTH THE NFPC AND THE GRIMSBY INSTITUTE REGULARLY TO KEEP OUR READERSHIP UP TO DATEWITH DEVELOPMENTS AND FEATURE SOME OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED.


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