On 7th August, 2014, a Nordex wind turbine was lifted for training purposes at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) campus in Bellville, Cape Town – as part of a cutting-edge development agreement to support renewable energy in South Africa.
This follows a strategic partnership between Nordex, German International Cooperation (GIZ) and CPUT, to support the establishment of the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC.)
Anne Henschel, Managing Director of Nordex South Africa, said, “Nordex has significant expertise in the renewable energy sector. We are bringing new clean wind technologies to South Africa and also we are investing in the renewable energy education and innovation. This is one of the ways in which we can facilitate knowledge transfer and empowerment.”
“By helping South Africa to expand its use of renewable energies, we are also jointly helping to address the global climate challenge, and create secure jobs for the future.”
In terms of the partnership, Nordex will provide some of the wind turbine components that will be used to train future South African wind turbine service technicians at SARETEC. “The students learn to maintain, operate and install a wind turbine,“ says Howard Fawkes, Project Manager of SARETEC.
“We value the partnership of Nordex to donate the decommissioned wind turbine so that students can study the technological design of the nacelle, drive train and hub,“ concludes Fawkes.
This significant event will be attended by representatives of CPUT’s executive management team including the vice chancellor, Dr Prins Nevhutalu, Anne Henschel, and Howard Fawkes.
In 2013, key players in the renewable energy (RE) sector participated in a signing ceremony, emphasising the importance of RE education and expertise growing from SARETEC’s mission to provide skilled South Africans for RE projects