The importance of sharing know-how through training
PES had an in depth interview with Hans-Peter Zimmer, CEO, blade care GmbH and trainer at the blade care Academy. The Academy has been going for almost 10 years, welcomes students from around the world and the demand is still growing. blade care also offers a variety of consultancy services. This is an innovative company, which enthusiastically shares expertise with fledgling or established companies, freelance technicians and operators alike.
PES: Welcome to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of blade care GmbH and the importance of the wind industry to you?
Hans-Peter Zimmer: We offer inspection by rope access or by drone, repairs on all blade types, manufacturing monitoring and quality assurance before and during blade installation, transport monitoring, court case relevant assessment of blade and asset damages after disaster events, general consultancy on blades and turbine issues etc.
For components, other than blades, we work with colleagues. We are happy to have Sven Wetzig from ZANWIND on board. Sven has worked for the wind industry throughout his professional career. Even as a student he worked for SÜDWIND, a turbine manufacturer in Berlin. Sven is an expert for all other turbine components.
He has also worked for Nordex and co-founded TEMBRA GmbH, a wind turbine design company and has managed wind farm construction sites. We have known each other from the time when 275 KW turbines just became the new standard power class.
We also have our blade care Academy, which I will be talking about later.
PES: Are you currently experiencing growth in the market?
HZ: Yes, without a doubt, the wind industry is a growing market. Wind turbines are now installed all over the world. Since the arrival of the new generation of rotor blades, the professional management and service of rotor blades have become even more important due to their lighter design, which must be in perfect working order to be able to carry the high loads.
Optimised service plays an important role in the economic efficiency of the installations. Wear along the leading edge also has a significant influence on power generation today.
The need for qualified training of employees in the administration and service of rotor blades is all the more important.