Ayrshire College students visit Scottish Power

Ayrshire College students visit Scottish Power

Wind Turbine Technician students from Ayrshire College recently paid a visit to Scottish Power’s test facility based in Renfrew, where they got the chance to get up close to the most modern wind turbine generators.

The two groups were shown 1.2 Megawatt and 2.3 Megawatt Siemens/Gamesa off-shore and on-shore wind turbine generators and materials during their tour. They were shown around the test facility and depot including procedures ranging from high voltage switching (16KV) and (33KV), the use of meteorological masts, and new technological advances in weather monitoring equipment.

The students who attended the trip thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were grateful for the opportunity to tour the facility and the wind turbines, which they found very interesting and relevant towards their own chances of gaining employment within the sector.

Student Holly McBeth said “The sheer size of these units is pretty breath-taking and to tour the facility was utterly fantastic and has shown me how vast the industry actually is.”

Students Waqas Ali and George Phillips said “This was an excellent opportunity for us to witness the actual generation of energy and transmission over the electrical grid, which brings all our studies throughout the year into sharp focus and genuinely prepares us for industry, and we are grateful for the chance to take part.”

The trip was organised by Ayrshire College lecturers Jim Bennett and Paul Harland, Curriculum Manager Ewan Granger and Scottish Power Renewable’s Mark Farmer, Service and Maintenance Coordinator, and Alistair Clapperton, Assistant Project Manager for Generation Development.

Paul Harland, STEM lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “The chance for our students to tour a facility of this magnitude and engineering advancement is absolutely tremendous and shows the excellent industry co-operation shown and supported by Ayrshire College and Scottish Power Renewables. These generators are the future of the industry, especially off-shore due to their efficient construction and operation and are capable of generating 2,300,000 watts and 1,200,000 watts of energy per unit. Now that is a lot of light bulbs.”

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