The next annual Global Wind Day on June 15 is a worldwide event and has been held since 2007. The aim is to discover wind and highlight its power and the possibilities for reshaping energy systems. On that occasion, the Renewable Energies Cluster Hamburg (EEHH-Cluster) will present four new professional career opportunities, which will boost the energy transition in Germany’s wind energy sector.
1. Start-uppers – Latest technology for monitoring systems
Complex Condition-Monitoring-Systems (CMS) are presently one of the most important IT issues in wind energy. This technology gives system operators information about the technical state of the wind energy plants at all times. If the system indicates damage to the drive, for instance, a servicing team can solve the problem immediately. That means enormous cost savings as technical problems are identified early and solved quickly making it easier to plan maintenance.
Dr. Brit Hacke of cms@wind from Hamburg is contributing special know-how. Her start-up develops and sells the latest generation of CMS systems. The singular cms@wind system is ambitious in terms of diagnostic and sensory aims and surpasses monitoring systems currently available on the market.
2. Quality keepers – on and offshore certification
The expansion of wind energy will lead to a need for technical reports in both the onshore and offshore sectors. “Experts for Load Calculations in Wind Energy” will draw these up. Such experts help systems’ developers to carry out independent comparative calculations and to examine them for the loads. Simulation software allows them to replicate the factors of the system, the winds and all other scenarios and also calculates the loads on the various components. TÜV NORD is one of the biggest employers of such professionals.
3. Service technicians for wind turbines
A workplace at heights between 60 and 120 meters and with wind speeds of up to 12 metres per second is common for a service technician working on wind turbines. Such technicians repair components, do regular maintenance work and ensure that turbines are running smoothly. The Hamburg-based company, Senvion, develops, produces and markets wind turbines for nearly every location with rated outputs of 2 to 6.15 megawatt.
The 3,900 staff includes technical experts who work mainly in the offshore sector. They work in shifts at Helgoland servicing and also do servicing work on the high seas.
4. Steel experts – developing and building towers
The success of the energy transition hinges on knowledge transfer of general, technical know-how in the wind energy sector to building wind turbines with foundations and steel towers. Engineers with technical backgrounds and experts for material and steel production can find jobs at Siemens producing steel towers, turbines and engine casing for wind turbines. There, they develop new constructions; work on solutions for production procedures and draft design standards.
1.000 new jobs in wind energy at Siemens in Cuxhaven
However, job vacancies at companies like Siemens are not limited to the above four. More and more professions are adjusting to the requirements of the new energy sphere and people are obtaining additional qualifications. The Siemens subsidiary in Cuxhaven, for instance, is building a new production site at a cost of around EUR 200 million for offshore wind energy plants. Plans are also being laid to build casing for offshore wind turbines, which Siemens has for years produced in Denmark. A total of 1,000 new jobs are being created in Cuxhaven in many diverse professions – both new and established ones. Many jobs will also lead to many supplying companies settling there – a secondary employment effect which is likely to benefit the region.
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