A consortium of European key players in the Wind Industry (entrepreneurial associations and maintenance companies), Universities and training centres come together, to create the reference training course WindEXT. The presence of UTEC/CEFOMER from Uruguay is considered fundamental to adapt the contents to another sociological/legal scenario as the LATAM countries.

Asociacion Empresarial Eolica (AEE), Spain, project leader

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The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) is a non-profit organisation, founded in 2002 that promotes the use of wind energy in Spain, Europe and worldwide. It has more than 200 partners representing 90% of the sector in Spain, including to: promoters, manufacturers of components and wind generator, national and regional associations, organizations related to the sector, consultants, attorneys and financial institutions, between others.
The association has several working groups to study and analyse the different aspects of wind energy. They have participated in several technical studies at national and European (wind barriers, forecasting exercises, wind regulation with electric vehicles, technology platform, Conditions Monitoring System Wind and WISE Power, among others) level, and since 2013 he is executing the course of operation and maintenance of wind farms in Spain, with a total duration of 180 hours and with theoretical and practises in wind farms components.
AEE participates in the development of the skills of the sector. Due to this, an important service of this entity is the management of the VET in the sector through the enterprises associated with them. Because of this, AEE has a Training Committee to discuss the training needs, improvement, etc. at National and International level. From years, this Committee has been working in the Normalization of the training between several countries with the objective to develop a Standard Training Program to professionalize the staff
Also, in the last years, AEE participated in R&D&i Projects and ICT Projects.
For more information visit www.aeeolica.org

8.2 Consulting AG, Germany


Technical Consultancy for Renewable Energies, Quality Assurance for Wind Energy Projects, Technical Due Diligence, Grid Integration, On- and Offshore Wind Energy technical inspections, Quality Audits of Production Sites, Installation/Commissioning/Maintenance Surveillance, LTE-Lifetime extension.
8.2 Consulting AG is one of the leading independent renewable energy experts in Europe. We provide a wide range of technical consulting services and inspections for on- and offshore wind, grid integration and biogas projects. From the initial tender process to quality assurance towards periodic inspections, our services cover the entire project life cycle. If turbines reaching the end of design life we support our clients with lifetime extension assessments.
8.2 Consulting AG is accredited as inspection body by DAkkS (German Accreditation Body) according to DIN ISO/IEC 17020.
8.2 Consulting AG is part of the international 8.2 GROUP, a network of technical specialists which was created in 1995 in Germany. Today it counts 32 engineering offices and about 130 experts covering all areas of technical expertise within the renewable energy sector.
The experts of the 8.2 GROUP are cooperating in certification bodies, committees, advisory boards and quality initiatives and are contributing to the further development of standards and guidelines as well as examination methods.
For more information visit www.8p2.de

Renewable Skills & Consultant GmbH, Germany


Renewable Skills & Consultant GmbH (RSC) is the pioneer of wind energy training with more than 19 years of experience on the market. The RSC network of licensed training providers is the only truly global training network in the field of wind energy training with more than 30 partners on 5 continents. The RSC standard is the world’s leading qualification standard for wind turbine technicians and is considered as the benchmark for training excellence in the industry.
The RSC network covers comprehensive modular courses developed by the industry for the industry delivered in realistic training environments by experienced professionals. All RSC training providers are certified and meet the strict RSC training provider criteria. Additionally, training providers are audited on a regular basis to ensure they always comply with RSC standards. RSC training courses focus on practical training on real turbines, as favoured by the industry, setting them apart from the many classroom-based courses on the market. Thus RSC is making a marked contribution to the creation of qualified "green jobs" in an environmentally sustainable energy sector.
RSC is ISO29990 certified and is also an aligned partner of GWO. 
For more information visit www.rs-consultant.com

DP2i, SARL, France


DP2i is a consultancy firm specialised in risk management and process improvement. Our expertise includes Operational Safety, Environment, Sustainable Development, Transport and Logistics Risk, Risks in Industrial Projects, Site Risks, Psychosocial Risks, Risks and Opportunities.
DP2i has worked for the Wind industry in the past, and has a wide knowledge of the sector as in the organisation there are consultants that have worked for more than 17 years in the wind industry. DP2i has also expertise in Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Pharmaceutics, Cosmetics, Steel, Food, Aeronautical and Space industries.
DP2i is a small organisation dedicated to the project work, accessing to a wide portfolio of high specialised consultants around the world, for ensuring the best performance in every mater.
DP2i is active in the six continents, and our clients are private companies and public institutions.
For more information visit www.dp2im.eu

INESC TEC – Instituto de engenharia de sistemas e computadores, tecnologia e ciencia, Portugal


INESC TEC is a private non-profit institution having as associates the University of Porto, INESC and the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. The activity is conducted by 715 researchers, from which 273 hold a PhD degree. Under INESC TEC, 13 Centres are active in research, technology transfer, intellectual property and software licenses management, knowledge valorisation and launching of spin-off companies. Its main areas are Telecommunications and Multi-media, Power Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Industrial Management, Information and Computer Graphics Systems, Optoelectronics and Electronic Systems, Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Real Time Systems, Computer Science, Critical Software Systems and Innovation, Biomedical.
The Centre for Power and Energy Systems (CPES) is INESC TEC’s main actor in the areas of electrical energy. The Unit employs close to 66 collaborators, including 23 PhD holders. It is internationally recognised for its expertise in problems relating to the integration of renewable energy in power systems, distributed generation and smartgrids, the areas traditionally associated with planning and operating power systems. The high level of expertise developed has allowed specialists at CPES to take on key roles in important EU projects as part of the successive framework programmes that led to notable scientific and technical advances with considerable impact on industry. This has led to contracts for development and consultancy with companies manufacturing equipment, generation, system operators in the transmission and distribution areas, regulators, government agencies and investors in Europe, South America, the United States of America and Africa.
The Centre for Industrial Engineering and Management is an international reference in business analytics through decision support systems for service and operations management, contributing also in service design, performance assessment and asset management. Our core areas of application include Mobility/Transports, Retail/Industry and Healthcare, also with significant contributions in the Energy Sector and a strengthened collaboration with the Centre for Power and Energy Systems. In the latest years, CEGI substantially contribute to Industry 4.0 initiatives (improving scheduling rules based on the additional information available in industrial systems). In the area of asset management, the centre has collaborated with multiple companies from the utility sector in topics such as condition modelling and monitoring, failure diagnosis and prognosis, risk assessment among others.
For more information visit www.inesctec.pt



Tesicnor is a company with global services in Safety and Prevention.
It is a Company with more than 80 workers in employ, placed in two headquarters based in Noain (Navarre) and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).
We offer technical consulting services, training in Health & Safety and environmental risks, mainly, to the renewable energy sector (70%) and in the industrial sector (20%).
Our solutions are personalised and with high-quality standards. Nevertheless, we have a wide and consolidated client list; for instance, the 80% or our customers has requested our services.
We focus on specialisation, offering unique, useful, comprehensive solutions and friendly from an environmentally perspective.
Training department
The Training Department offers professional and quality solutions to the highest business requirements in the area of Health & Safety formation.
Although we are specialised in the renewable energy sector, mainly, in the wind area, we also prepare and teach from a theoretical and practical point of view courses in Health & Safety addressed to every economic sector.
Furthermore, our Department has the Global Wind Organisation certification, that means, we are official providers of courses below the international wind standards.
Besides, we have a Technical Personnel Assistance Service that tests, develops and writes access, evacuation and rescue procedures in complex industrial environments.
Our latest projects are the development of custom-made online and multimedia H&S courses.
Engineering department
The Engineering department develops mechanical designs, analyses and adapts them to the customer’s requirements, keeping in mind the highest safety criteria and respecting the current H&S laws.
With this objective, the department has a parametric and finite element analysis software. In addition, it offers, maintenance and electrical checks on the customer’s installations.
Industrial and Citizen Safety Department
Thanks to our team experience and the typology of our services, we offer a global vision of the safety for industrial and civil environments. Our practical and specific point of view increase, in fact, the safety whilst achieve the H&S, Industrial and Public Safety Law rules.
Our goal is to increase the safety in your premises, offering you solutions for explosive atmospheres (ATEX), self-protection or Seveso, risk analysis, director of transportation of dangerous goods, chemicals storage, lock out tag out, and environmental studies.
Document Control Department
Document Control Department helps our customers to comply with H&S Laws: 31/1995 H&S Law and 171/2007 the Spanish Royal Decree regarding Business Activities Coordination. The team manages all the mandatory documentation for the companies that carry out their work in a designated workplace. Tesicnor inspects, records, stores and sends the information to those responsible for the job in different devices.
IT Development Department
We develop custom-made software solutions with de aim of adding technological value to our customers’ process. We are experts in software and in online solutions; we have an ample catalogue of successful cases.
Lightning risk solutions
Storms and lightning strikes, as uncontrollable meteorological phenomena, can seriously affect your economic activity. With our range of preventional services, you can anticipate the lightning risk adopting decisions and measures to protect your employees, goods, and installations. They reduce, considerably, direct and indirect economic losses due to damage for lightning strikes.
Furthermore, our system has no need for installation or maintenance services.
For more information visit www.tesicnor.com

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, http://www.tudelft.nl/) is the oldest and largest university of technology in the Netherlands. With over 19000 students and 2500 scientists (including 400 full professors), it is an establishment of national importance and of significant international standing. The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy and Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. The Wind Energy section has a focus on large, multimegawatt offshore wind turbines and offshore wind farms, though urban wind power is also addressed. It has a dedicated wind energy research team of around 50 people, including three full professors, two associate professors, five assistant professors, four postdocs and over 30 PhD students. Both technology development aspects as well as fundamental aspects are present in the research programme. The Wind Energy Section also participates in DUWIND, the Delft Wind Energy Institute which brings together researchers across five faculties working in wind energy in a diverse range of areas including wind turbine structures and dynamics (fixed and floating), materials, structural health monitoring and condition monitoring.
Dedicated courses at the BSc and MSc levels are offered for Aerospace students, SET students and for the European Wind Energy Master (EWEM) students.
For more information visit www.tudelft.nl

Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Spain


The University of Castilla – La Mancha (UCLM) is a young and modern university, with a high teaching and research potential, hosting nearly 26,000 students, 2,500 lecturers and researchers and 1,200 administrative staff members. UCLM integrates 36 academic departments offering 45 degree qualifications, with two distinctive features: it is multi-disciplinary and its activities are wide-ranging, embracing the spectrum from basic research to technological development. Moreover, UCLM is very attractive for the industry, being able to find opportunities to optimise their R&D options with their wide research catalogue. Promoting collaborations between industry and academia and favouring the dissemination of technological advances are part of the university's missions, proving the strong commitment that UCLM has with the productive sectors of the region.
A total of 17 R&D contracts were managed under the 6th Framework Programme (FP6), 37 approved projects under FP7 and CIP, and 27 granted projects under H2020 and COSME; as well as other European and International Programmes such as Interreg, JPEN, LIFE or COST, inter alia.
The Renewable Energy Research Institute (IER), part of UCLM, is a technological centre specialized in applied research, development and promotion of renewable energies. It is structured in five sections linked to different aspects of the renewable energies and energy efficiency sector. The IER has a team of highly technically qualified professionals, along with state-of-the-art technological infrastructures, carrying out research with both public and private funding, and at national and international levels.
For more information visit www.uclm.es

University of Cyprus, Cyprus


The University of Cyprus (UCY) is participating in the project through the Software Engineering and Internet Technologies (SEIT) Lab (http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/seit/), an integral part of the Department of Computer Science. SEIT focuses its research activities on two important areas of Information Technology, namely Software Engineering and Internet Technologies. In the second area, it concentrates on the development of ICT-enabled Creativity and Enhanced Learning Environments, platforms and tools for implementing Health monitoring and support services, Smart and Personalised services for Elders and Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities. The lab is also actively involved in activities related to E-Business, E-Government, Multimedia Communication Platforms. SEIT was actively involved in 30 EU funded projects in numerous different programmes. The Laboratory currently occupies 10 personnel, including 4 post doctoral scientists and 2 PhD researchers, and has access to extensive hardware and software facilities.
SEIT has extensive experience in applying ICT to e-Learning, m-Learning and Open and Distance Learning in general as well as Life Long Learning in particular. This expertise is both at technical level and at developing policies and qualification frameworks for such activities. Regarding only the Erasmus+ related themes, SEIT currently coordinates five Erasmus+ projects and also participates in five more. SEIT has also participated in 13 Leonardo da Vinci projects, 3 EUMEDIS projects, 2 FP (Framework Programs), 1 INCO-DC and 3 projects funded by national funds. It has also participated in the EMUNI project and the VUSCC initiative, both related to policy making or reform and qualifications accreditation, as well as in the Interreg IVC project Innofun, on developing policies for entrepreneurship and innovation.
For more information visit www.ucy.ac.cy

Universidad Tecnológica, Uruguay


UTEC is the first public Technological University in Uruguay aiming at the development of advanced human capital, applied research, technological development and innovation to strengthen the development of the different regions of the country.
Committed to Uruguay strategic guidelines and productive needs such as equitable access to education for all Uruguay provinces, one of the most distinctive features of UTEC is its intrinsic connection to its community and the collective construction of knowledge with high-quality management standards and the pursuit of academic excellence.
The University is organised into three Regional Technology Institutes (RTIs) in the south-west, center and north-east of the country, meeting the needs of human capital in the territory. In addition, in the north-east RTI UTEC will develop binational higher education experiences with IFSUL from Brazil. UTEC educational model is based on six pillars: knowledge and learning management; securing instructional quality; project and problem-based learning; promotion of entrepreneurial and innovative qualities; accreditation and certification of knowledge and knowledge networking. UTEC is offering programs in six areas (12 careers): dairy science, dairy production management, food analysis, information technology, mechatronics and renewable energy.
The CEFOMER - Training Center for Operations and Maintenance in Renewable Energies, is a joint initiative of the National Energy Agency (DNE-MIEM), the Technological University (UTEC), the National Institute for Employment and Training (INEFOP), the Chamber of Industries of Uruguay (CIU), Intersindical Workers' Plenary (PIT-CNT) and the National Chamber of Commerce and Services, for the training of technicians in renewable energies, increasing the theoretical and practical knowledge.
In 2018, UTEC signed an agreement with AEE of Spain, of teaching complementation for the dictation of courses in Operation and Maintenance of Wind Farms. The first edition of the course took place in Uruguay, between October and December, 27 technicians graduating in this area.
For more information visit www.utec.edu.uy

SGS Tecnos SA, Spain


SGS TECNOS is a leader in certification and regulation. It´s also a renowned training company with long experience in vocational training in the energy sector. They work to achieve an improvement in the energy performance of its clients and partners. SGS TECNOS belongs to SGS Group, a multinational company with presence in more than 100 countries and more than 90.000 employees worldwide.
Since 2005, SGS has a specific department to carry out numerous National and International projects in all activities and sectors, as coordinators as well as a partner. In these projects, SGS has different roles: coordination, technical assessment in energy, ICT Projects, R&D&i Projects, environment, energy, vocational training, etc.
Through its division of innovative projects, they have created innovative trainings to for the energy sector, in order to harmonize procedures and increase mobility of workers. SGS seeks to transfer the gained knowledge in energy efficiency certification to the public arena through collaborative projects in national and international calls.
As wind energy sector is one of the core business of SGS work, the enterprise seeks to improve the skills of their workers and associates by delivering trainings, developing plans and certificating facilities. They also publish their trainings ins public platforms, using OER’s and platforms such Moodle.
In its previous projects, SGS has developed several activities which can bring added value to the WINDEXT project such:
• ISO certifications and quality assessment of trainings
• Environmental assessment and measurements.
• Develop trainig materials for work safety and procedures: handbook, triptychs, diptych, poster, comic, booklet, audiovisual manual, computer tools
• Realization of MOOCS and e-learning tools
• Prevention, quality and environmental management systems.
• Diagnose the formative needs (risk, preventive and emergency measures, use machinery, use tools, use protective elements, sustainability...)
• Develop training contents in several formats and language.
• Analyze sectorial studies: normative, legislation, safety rules, etc..
• Fieldwork visits and check-list to collect the information
For more information visit www.sgs.es