The 1,500 square metre training centre has been under construction since August 2014 and is due to be completed in October 2015. It will be big enough to host several practical and theory training courses at the same time.
The training centre, known as the Schaufler Academy, will offer hands-on training on its ‘cutting edge’ compressors and components, as well as theoretical training on how the products operate. In addition, Bitzer will be showing off its latest products including the CSVH compact screw compressor and the ORBIT 6 scroll compressor in heating and cooling applications.
“We decided to build the Schaufler Academy for many different reasons,” says Rainer Große-Kracht, Chief Technology Officer at Bitzer.
“The complexity of Bitzer compressors and products is always increasing, for example due to the integrated frequency inverters, electronic components and new CO2 systems. Technically demanding solutions also require a well-trained service staff.”
“The Schaufler Academy will be the central training location for customers and employees from all over the world. Here we’ll offer the training courses that keep the maintenance teams of our business partners up to date.”
Bitzer will also have its ‘innovative energy concept’ on show at the academy, which includes heating and cooling using heat pumps, latent underground storage (ice storage), a solar thermal collector and a ‘block-type’ thermal power station.
“We’re happy to assume higher investment costs for the ice storage, for example,” says Jürgen Kleiner.
“We use it to collect temporarily available cooling and thermal energy and retrieve it again when necessary. This allows us to compensate for the fluctuating energy supply and use renewable energy sources that are suitable for heating and occasionally for cooling. Of course we also use the existing waste heat released by the testing and demonstration systems.”