Siemens Gamesa and Vinci VR, a Boston-based startup, have received finance from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to create VR training simulations in the US East Coast and Massachusetts for the offshore wind sector.
The $124,670 funding will be used to develop the GWO (Global Wind Organizations) certified virtual reality training tools, with Slinger Signaler and the Basic Technical Training-Installation courses.
Both Siemens Gamesa and Vinci VR stated that later they hoped to extend the development of virtual reality simulations to additional Global Wind Organizations modules.
The focus of the collaboration is to develop low-cost virtual reality training to check the large workforce gap in the US offshore wind sector.
“The U.S. offshore wind industry is growing and shows a lot of promise. We have already secured over 4 GW of conditional offshore wind turbine orders in the US and with this partnership, we hope to help close the workforce training gap in a safe, expedited and cost-efficient manner, all while increasing the probability of U.S. based green energy jobs.” – Steve Dayney, Head of Offshore, North America, Siemens Gamesa.