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Regarding training, community colleges began windsmith training programs in windy regions around the country.  i am aware of perhaps a dozen which have been operating for minimally several years, and some longer.  They get older turbines from manufacturers to train, and are accorded visiting rights to existing modern wind parks.

Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota, West Texas...  In addition, the need for high level engineering must be expanded, but the premier engineering courses, leading even to a full Ph.D program, remains centered at UMass Amherst.  (Begun in the early 70's by my mentor, Bill Heronemus, affectionately the Captain, for his work as Chief Designer for the Nautilus class of nuclear submarine, directly under Adm.m Rickover.  Many of the leading engineers heading programs at both companies and research labs like NREL came from this program.  Of course more are needed.)

Like the Apollo program, it's not really a question of resources, rather a question of political will, particularly in amurka.  the global European companies have been expanding quite well on their own, providing all the data needed to scale up further globally.

right now windpower is more about taking decision-making away from bankers experienced in quarterly results, operating either from greed in the good times or fear in the bad.  There's nothing rational going on in terms of project lending, but I can say that there are hundreds of hedge funds examining investment along the supply chain as we speak, funds that couldn't spell wind last September.


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 10:28:59 AM EST
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