Students become big fans of wind energy
Ørsted’s Race Bank team welcomed to site a group of year 9 and year 10 pupils from the John Whitgift Academy in Grimsby. The pupils spent a day getting to grips with the transferable skills you need in the workplace, learning about offshore wind and hearing from different team members about the route they took to working in the industry. After the visit, the Race Bank team offered two pupils from the group a two-week summer placement to gain invaluable experience of the workplace.
"Most surprising was how much work goes into building the wind farms – all the commissioning and planning. The work experience made me think differently about my future because I thought more about going into an engineering route or a computing route than I did before. Having that work experience will help me because I’ll have more confidence in the workplace."
We have funded the Chair in Renewable Energy position at DEI and endowed three MSc scholoarships for Durham University students each year since 2011. We will now also support two PhDs which will focus on the operation of wind turbines and helping to predict technical faults before they happen. This research could prove vital in improving the availability of offshore wind turbines, ultimately helping to further drive down the cost of energy.
"We're passionate about supporting skills, education and the future of the offshore wind industry in the UK, and this important research into the operation of wind turbines could prove hugely significant in the future."
- Benj Sykes, Ørsted UK Country Manager