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NMIT leads the way in renewable energy with new turbine

21 Nov 2008

NMIT Epping campus will boast a new landmark on Monday morning when giant cranes erect a state-of-the-art wind turbine that will help students join the battle against global warming through hands-on training in renewable energy technology.

Not only will the new 6-metre wind turbine provide students with a completely new dimension in the study of renewable energy technology, it will also produce 3 kilowatts of power to go straight into the Melbourne power grid. The NMIT Epping facility is the only training facility with permission to allow students to build installations that feed directly into the Victorian power grid as part of their training.

The installation of the turbine enhances the reputation of NMIT Epping campus as Australia's leading centre for training in renewable energy technology. Students at the Epping facility already receive hands-on training in other sustainable technologies such as solar water heating, energy auditing, energy efficient buildings and photovoltaic panels and can choose from a wide variety of courses in renewable energy, from Certificate to Advanced Diploma level.

“This is a major project and the installation is being managed by our teaching staff, who are very experienced in this area,” said NMIT Department of Computer Systems and Electro Technology Program Coordinator, Gerry Cervasio. “The installation of the turbine is a clear demonstration of our capacity to train people in sustainable technology that is real … it's the way of the future.”

What: Installation of wind turbine.
Where: NMIT Epping Campus
When: 7.30 - 10 am 24 November


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