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Winergy Donates 20-Ton Gearbox to Ecotech Institute

Eichoff Gearbox Adds to the Hands-on Experience in Ecotech's Cutting-Edge Labs

Denver, Colorado – June 12, 2013 – Ecotech Institute recently received a large gearbox for its Wind Energy Technology program, giving students the chance to learn on equipment that many will eventually use in their career. Winergy, a subsidiary of Siemens, donated the 20-ton Eichoff gearbox, which is a major component in a wind turbine that gears up the rotational speed of the drivetrain and generator rotor. This donation gives Wind  Turbine Technician students additional equipment to learn first-hand how to do borescope inspections, bolt fastening and troubleshoot gearboxes. 

"We are so thankful for this generous donation. Within the wind industry, it is commonly understood that proper maintenance, as well as predictive analysis of oil and vibrations, can extend the life of the gearbox," said Shawn Lamb, program director of wind energy technology at Ecotech Institute. "It's important for our students to learn these maintenance skills, because the longevity of this component can make or break a wind farm's business model and profit structure."

To see this new equipment and learn more about wind energy, Ecotech Institute is hosting a free community event on Friday, June 14 in conjunction with Global Wind Day. Students, families, and the entire local community are invited for door prizes, snacks, tours, and a live remote by KTCL (93.3 FM). The event runs from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children of all ages will receive free kites or pinwheels for just stopping by while supplies last.  

Friday, June 14, 2013

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1400 S. Abilene, Aurora, CO  80012

Free Kites and pinwheels – while supplies last
Wind Energy Forum
Live remote by KTCL (93.3 FM)
Campus demonstrations and tours
Free food and drinks
Sodastream giveaway

Ecotech Institute, based in Aurora, Colorado, now has more than 520 students who receive hands-on training in the field of sustainability. Ecotech currently offers the following renewable energy and sustainability programs:

  • Solar Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science
  • Wind Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science
  • Renewable Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science
  • Facility Management Technology, Energy Efficiency Program, Associate of Applied Science
  • Electrical Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science
  • Power Utility Technician, Associate of Applied Science
  • Business Administration – Sustainability, Associate of Applied Science