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RENEWABLEUK EVENT


BLADE REPAIR AND INSPECTION (BRAI) LAUNCH


The Energy Skills Partnership has been working with RenewableUK’s Renewables Training Network (RTN) and SESG to develop a UK-wide standard for Blade Repair and Inspection (BRAI) training. A successful pilot of the BRAI course was held at Ayrshire College for four key Scottish colleges in November, a licensing workshop will commenced in late November 2014.


RAISING AWARENESS


ESP commissioned the composites master-class for Scotland’s college staff to raise awareness of the significant opportunities presented by composites for the economy and in meeting the wind industry’s skills needs. These skills will underpin the longevity and lifecycle of wind turbines. From a college perspective we recognise the need for common industry


standards, this works well across borders as they reinforce technical excellence.


ESP is looking forward to working with RUK and RTN to establish the Intermediate and Advanced BRAI courses.


WORKING TOGETHER


Jim Brown Director of Energy Skills Partnership said: “The Energy Skills


Partnership was keen to work with the RTN in developing these programmes to support the sector. We had already identified blades made of composite materials as a priority and have been working with colleges and blade manufacturers to develop the capability of Scotland’s colleges.


“The training modules need to be industry-led and working with RTN was the obvious route. We’re delighted to be in a position to support this initiative and look forward to working with the sector through its roll-out.”


CATALYST


The Head of the RTN, Patricia Knightley, said: “The RTN was brought into being by the renewable energy industry to act as the catalyst in setting standards and training requirements for the wind and marine energy sectors. Industry has told us that there is a need for training and standards on blade maintenance, repair and inspection. In response we’ve brought together all those involved to devise a robust standard and set of modules that will address the skills shortages which exist in this area.”


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ECOWindS PROJECT


A workshop regarding the (European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing (ECOWindS) Project was held during the RenewableUK event. The project is an FP7 funded project, initiated by partners representing the four European clusters for offshore wind servicing (OWS)…


PROJECT VISION


• South Denmark • North West Germany • East of England • Region Møre Norway


To pave the way for new research and for understanding how the costs of offshore wind servicing can be driven down through research, innovation and cross-regional cooperation.


ECOWindS ED’S NOTE


This is just a short note on the project to tee up a much more detailed series of articles and features which will be included within future editions


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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