New Training for Offshore Wind Professionals
A new “Offshore Wind Skills Academy” will prepare US industry for the rapidly-growing opportunities in offshore wind power.
The Academy is designed to prepare professionals, including those from traditional energy industries, wind developers, supply chain companies, regulators, investors, and stakeholders. Because the US offshore wind industry is still in its infancy, building the committed 10,000 MW over the next 12 years will require a new set of trained professionals and managers. The Offshore Wind Skills Academy, a joint effort by the University of Delaware and Denmark’s Energy and Climate Academy, is designed to provide the needed practical training.
Topics are covered in 1- to 3-day intensive sessions, taught by experienced professionals from Europe and the US who have designed, permitted and/or built offshore wind projects. The Directors of the Academy are Willett Kempton and John Madsen, professors in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and its Center for Carbon-free Power Integration where they study various aspects of wind energy.
The inaugural three-course session will be the week of January 27, 2019, starting with a one-day overview of offshore wind, and a two-day comprehensive introduction. Both introductory courses are suitable for anyone entering the offshore wind sector; the comprehensive 2-day introduction could also help broaden knowledge of those already in the industry but only within one segment.
The advanced three-day offshore wind project development does a deep dive into site selection, contracts, risk assessment, turbine evaluation, BOEM processes, installation logistics and completion, contracting, US permitting and supply chain. Course fee is $800 per day, including meals and materials. Registration and further information is available at pcs.udel.edu/wind, or direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.