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the academic world also keeps us on our toes. Young people bring a dynamism and provide new insights. The collaboration with these educational organisations also helps us to maintain our high level of technical expertise.” Challenging research Attracting good technical specialists is not always easy for electro-technical firms. There is a severe shortage of electro technical personnel, particularly of specialists in high-voltage technology. “Students who study electro-technology often land a job before they even graduate,” says Paul van Nes. He is head of the highvoltage laboratory of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and works with upcoming specialists in electro-technology on a daily basis. This includes working on pioneering high-voltage research. “Until about five years ago, the electrotechnology course was declining in popularity. But we are now seeing an increase in the number of students. Whereas kids used to play with ‘electrical craft sets and experimented with electronics,’ they are now sitting at the computer. And that's a shame, as we carry out a great deal of challenging research in our Electrical Sustainable Energy department. In the field of power transformers as well. For instance, we are studying whether we can further optimise insulation. Knowledge of the effect of high voltage on insulation is therefore crucial. We also offer prognoses of what the lifespan of such transformers is. Our course aims at the development of and diagnostics for insulation systems. Although the course is a specialist one, it is also broad enough that graduates can land positions in a wide range of companies.” 17 EDUCATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL “ATTRACTING GOOD TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS IS NOT ALWAYS EASY FOR ELECTRO-TECHNICAL FIRMS.”


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