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Iowa Lakes wind program hosts dignitary from Republic of Turkey

March 28, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Iowa Lakes Community College wind energy and turbine technology program Thursday hosted a number of dignitaries, including one from the Republic of Turkey, to explore the possiblity of the college providing training for wind turbine professional in the Republic of Turkey.

Ethan Hunter, Iowa Lakes wind energy student and co-founder of Renewable Energy Systems, LLC, was on hand with his partner, Erol Gunalan. Hunter, a second-year student, will graduate from the program this year.

Hunter coordinated the visit for Yavuz Kavaklioglu, regional director of the Nigde-Bor Industrial Zone in the Republic of Turkey, who represents Alpaslan Kavaklioglu, congressman and member of the Republic of Turkey Internal Affairs Commission.

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Iowa Lakes wind energy student Ethan Hunter, left, brought Erol Gunalan and Yavus Kavaklioglu to Iowa Lakes on Thursday. Also with the group was John Ray. Iowa Lakes staff present included Doug Enger, Dr. Armad Hemami, Steve Homan, Patrick McCoy and Doug Zemler.
EDN photo by David Swartz

Hunter said Thursday's meeting was to discuss the Wind Academy Turkey project which has the full support of the government of the Republic of Turkey. "They stated that they need it urgently," Hunter said.

Dan Lutat, director of the Iowa Lakes wind energy and turbine technology program, said the biggest difference between the training here in Estherville and that envisioned in the Republic of Turkey is that training here starts at ground zero - while in the Republic of Turkey it will start at a higher level. Much of Thursday's meeting was to determine what the training requirements of Wind Academy Turkey would be. Lutat said the purpose of the training there would be "to make something a little bit more in the training than what we have here." He said it "really remains to be seen" as to the role Iowa Lakes faculty would play in the project.

Yavuz Kavaklioglu said he was here to show the support of the government of the Republic of Turkey for the project.

And Hunter said Kavaklioglu was visiting Iowa Lakes "because this is the best technical program that you can find in the United States."

"They're (Republic of Turkey) pioneering what they can do with their workforce," Lutat said. "Right now you've got a global market for alternative energy."

Also visiting were Vestus representative Travis Clendenen and John Ray, Alternative Energy Solutions Ltd. operations manager.



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