Title Qualification for "European Specialist for the Processing of Composites - Rotor Blade"
Project Number DE/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/147232
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The aim of the project was to create a standard for the qualification „European Specialist for the Processing of Composites – Rotor Blade“.
The Rotor blades and also the housing of wind energy plants are made of fibre reinforced plastics. Only composites can resist the huge dynamic forces and deformations for a long time.
Ten partners from Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic and Germany were involved in the development work. SKZ was responsible for the project management.
The development and installation of wind energy plants is one of the most innovative and dynamic growth markets in Germany and Europe. Since rapid growth within a technology goes ahead with a high demand for specialists bottlenecks are foreseen.
While in 2007 154.000 people worked in the wind energy industry, their number will more than double to 330.000 employees in 2020. This causes a high demand for qualified specialists that can not be satisfied by the job market. Even today the employees are often insufficiently qualified. The consequences are high failure rates during the production of rotor blades and also not professionally performed repairs. Both things causes fault rates and downtimes which are not acceptable.
Exactly at this point started the “Leonardo”-project, in which an Europe-wide qualification system was developed, in order to balance the lack of training. SKZ has at its sites in Halle (Saale) and Würzburg high competencies in the field of training as well as in research and development in the sector of fibre reinforced plastics and, particularly, in the production of wind energy plants. In the last years several hundred specialists were trained at home and abroad. However, the Europe-wide harmonised approach is still missing. That should be changed in the course of this project.
The reason for the project was to deliver enough good skilled specialists for producing and repairing rotor blades of wind energy power plants. At the moment and also for the future there is a lack - all over Europe - of unique and well qualified specialists in the extremly strong growing wind energy market.
The aim of the project was to create for the wind energy industry a new qualification for the “European Specialist for the Processing of Composites – Rotor Blade”. The project team concepted training modules for this new target group based on already existing basic training materials in similar branches like boat sector, container construction or transportation sector. The project results solve the current problem of a missing European standard for qualification of experts for the production and maintenance of rotor blades. Also the consortium developed a common accepted certification for this "European specialist" including a quality system which guarantees a sustainable qualification standard.
The characteristics of the consortium that implemented the proposal was well ballanced as it was composed of partners coming from different target sectors and therefore bringing different experiences in practical and theoretical knowledge into the partnership. The patners came from the industry of manufacturers and servicing companies of wind energy plants, from test institutions and research and development companies, from ecducation institutions and from associations in the wind sector and composites processing sector. Also we hadpartners from Germany, Czech Republik, Sweden, Portugal and European Associations in order to get European wide input for our project work.
The outcomes of this project were on the one hand direct results like training material for the training course of the specialists like a handbook and a curriculum. On the other hand indirect outcomes like a quality system with regulations to the EU-certificate, a sustainable qualification standard and an examination standard is available after the project duration.
The impact envisaged was to have a training course available with good materials for the needed specialist in the wind sector in order to serve enough good skilled employees in this growing market which is excellent adapted to the needs of the target sectors of the industry like manufacturers, service companies and approval institutes. In addition our project has an impact on the job market, as we developed a standard for a unified qualification in EU
Utilization and distribution of results
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Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
description of new occupation profiles
- modular training course with manual, CD-ROM in English and German
- content of the theoretical and practical examination
- EU-wide accepted certificate for the Qualification for "European Specialist for the Processing of Composites - Rotor Blade"