Lichtenau will be site of ENERCON Training Center for customer training


The town of Lichtenau in North Rhine-Westphalia is going to become the main hub for ENERCON’s customer training courses. In 2018, ENERCON will be realising a brand-new building complete with offices, break and training rooms and a training workshop in the self-proclaimed “energy town” in cooperation with the municipality and the Technologiezentrum Lichtenau (TZL).

As a temporary solution, ENERCON decided to rent office and conference space at the TZL as well as a training workshop until completion of the building next year. The company is thus able to offer the first customer training courses in Lichtenau as early as November.

“Following a thorough analysis and a lot of fruitful talks with representatives of the municipality and citizens we have found the optimal site for our customer training facility in Lichtenau,” says Michael Hölscher, Managing Director of ENERCON Service Deutschland GmbH. “We are happy that by renting premises at the TZL and the training workshop we have found a solution that will enable us to provide the first training courses to operators/owners – because customer demand is increasing.”

At its Lichtenau training center ENERCON will be providing theoretical and practical training to operators/ owners of its wind energy converters from Germany and further afield. Training courses include, for instance, operation of an ENERCON wind energy converter, its technology, and safety, maintenance and servicing. Lichtenau provides the required infrastructure and proximity to different ENERCON WEC types, which is another reason why it won out as training facility site. “We believe in the German market, regardless of the tough framework conditions for the wind industry in this country,” says Michael Hölscher.

Following a start-up phase in which the amount of training will be successively increased, ENERCON expects to welcome around 1,200 training participants each year. This will result in the need for up to 5,000 overnight stays in the area, which in turn will greatly benefit the hospitality industry.

ENERCON already maintains comparable training sites in Aurich/Lower Saxony and Gotha/Thuringia, where, for example, Service and Installation technicians are trained in the use of ENERCON technology. The new site in Lichtenau means training courses specifically for customers are added to the portfolio.

ENERCON has installed more than 2,500 MW of wind energy capacity in North Rhine-Westphalia to date, and has been market leader in this federal state for some years now. With subsidiaries at Scherfede (Service) and a further 17 decentralised Service stations, Soest (Sales and Project & Logistics Management) and Düsseldorf (Energy Marketing), ENERCON creates more than 220 direct jobs.