DNV GL/Texas Tech Collaboration to Further Wind Energy Education

Project will expand availability of wind power courses for National Wind Institute.

Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute and DNV GL, will collaborate on a teaching project to expand the availability of wind power courses to Texas Tech students.

Classes will be provided through both in-class and online channels enabling global access to cutting edge instruction and utilizing real-life case studies from the wind energy industry. This collaboration will strengthen future workforce development and allow students in remote locations to participate in a high-quality, certified education process.

With the nation’s renewable energy goal of “20% Wind by 2030,” this joint effort by Texas Tech and DNV GL will broaden the selection of wind power classes at the university, and provide a Texas Tech certification program for future wind industry professionals who will be vital as the wind power industry continues to expand.

“The National Wind Institute strives to educate the next generation of wind energy professionals,” said John Schroeder, director of the National Wind Institute (NWI). “This partnership with DNV GL is another yet another step forward to advance wind energy research and education.”

The program adds depth to Texas Tech’s wind energy program by adding four classes containing up-to-the-minute wind industry case studies developed and led by DNV GL experts who can draw on the company’s 30-year history of involvement in all aspects of the wind industry.

By combining DNV GL’s industry expertise with Texas Tech’s academic excellence, students will have access to wind industry experts to provide current, real-world experiences to supplement the academic fundamentals while working to attain either a managerial or a technical focused Wind Power Certificate from Texas Tech. The program is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, and each course will contain cutting edge content from DNV GL, which is known for its high-quality workforce training and thought leadership in the renewable energy industry.

“Renewable energy professionals worldwide already rely on a variety of DNV GL's existing training programs,” said Kevin Smith, director at DNV GL. “We are excited to participate with Texas Tech in training the wind industry’s future workforce and graduates with industry specific knowledge and case studies so they have increased familiarity with the latest business needs and challenges. We look forward to further collaboration with Texas Tech to educate the wide range of professionals required to meet national wind energy goals – both in the U.S. and other countries.”

This collaboration is slated to last three years and planned to start July 2014 once details are finalized.

DNV GL is a global provider of risk management services with approximately 16,000 employees in more than 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 1000 DNV GL professionals are engaged in providing feasibility consulting, analysis, design, testing, management, certification, and verification services to a wide range of wind, solar, wave, and tidal industry clients.

Texas Tech has an international reputation in wind research and engineering. It has implemented the nation’s only Bachelor’s degree program in wind energy and a doctorate program in wind science and engineering.

To learn more about DNV GL renewables, please visit www.dnvgl.com/renewables.

Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at Texas Tech Today Media Resources or follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT: Anna Young, associate managing director, National Wind Institute, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-3015 or anna.t.young@ttu.edu.