10/07/2011

MRcademy® in the transformer workshop attracts international experts


After four years, a MRcademy® once again took place in Germany on September 27 and 28, 2011. Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR), together with the energy provider RWE and the transmission network operator Amprion, invited participants to the transformer substation Niederrhein at Wesel.

After four years, a MRcademy® once again took place in Germany on September 27 and 28, 2011. Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR), together with the energy provider RWE and the transmission network operator Amprion, invited participants to the transformer substation Niederrhein at Wesel. Guests came from all over Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg. More than 180 experts took part in the MRcademy® and over two days exchanged ideas with colleagues from industry, public services, power plant and network operators.

After the welcoming speeches by MR Managing Director Michael Rohde, Ludger Meier, the technical director of Amprion, Dr. Stefan Küppers, Managing Director of Rhein Ruhr Netzservice GmbH + Metering GmbH (RWE) and Mayoress Ulrike Westkamp, guests could attend numerous technical presentations that were available in the program. The topics of the MR presentations included Tailor-Made Solutions for Transformer Modernization, MR Vacuum Technology or Reactive Power Compensation and Voltage Quality in the Distribution Network. OMRICROM and HSP, as well as the MR subsidiaries Messko and Reinhausen Power Composites (RPC) also gave presentations at the event.

In addition to the theoretical talks, the visitors also had the opportunity to experience exchange and maintenance work on a transformer in the large power transformer workshop. The transformer workshop, which is unique in Germany, and is located directly next to the transformer substation and the large equipment warehouse, offered the ideal backdrop for the MRcademy®. The enormous equipment, weighing several tons, is moved here using a separate haulage engine or a low-loading truck. In a special vacuum furnace with a diameter of six meters and a length of fourteen meters, the active parts and the transformers with their attachments are dried after repair, then checked again and sorted according to their intended use.

During the supporting program, the participants were in danger of losing their footing, as the evening event took place on a Rhine steamer ship which had been transformed into a casino by the entertainment organizers. During the trip to the Duisburg harbor, the passengers were able to have a gamble or simply relax and admire the performance of a magician while enjoying live music.

After this extremely successful event in Germany, the MRcademy® will move to the USA. Would you like to take part in a MRcademy®? Just visit our website www.mrcademy.com, where you will find current information as well as the program of future events, and can register online.