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Winergy reaches out to Ecotech Institute with 20-tons of wind energy equipment

Ecotech Institute recently took delivery on an Eichoff gearbox to enhance training in its Wind Energy Technology program.

The 20-ton component was donated by Winergy, a subsidiary of Siemens, to strengthen the relationship between Winergy and Ecotech Institute and to give Wind Energy Technology students additional equipment on which to perform hands-on labs–including borescope inspections, bolt fastening and gearbox troubleshooting.

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. The longevity of this component can make or break the wind farm's business model and profit structure. Ecotech Institute is developing a highly-trained and knowledgeable workforce to meet industry demand for technicians in wind, solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy fields.

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Eric Garcia cuts the dedication ribbon
Wind Energy Technology student Eric Garcia cuts the dedication ribbon along with Chris Gorrie, Academic Dean, and Shawn Lamb, Wind Program Director.

WET2200 class joins in the dedication
WET2200 class joins in the dedication.

Unloading the gearbox
Unloading the gearbox from the truck and setting in the covered area.

WET2100 students work on the gearbox.
WET2100 students work on the gearbox.

Bolt torqueing with HyTorc equipment
Bolt torqueing with HyTorc equipment.

Instructor Walter Christmas trains students
Instructor Walter Christmas trains students.