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RES’ growing O&M team has successfully completed a major component change at Altahullion Wind Farm in County Derry, Northern Ireland.
In order to replace the yaw ring on the 15-year old Siemens 1.3 turbine, the RES team re-engineered a suite of heavy lifting tools and support frames.
The task, which involved the removal of the rotor and nacelle and then a rebuild of the turbine, took five days onsite and a team of six engineers.
Brian McDaid, head of turbine O&M at RES, oversaw the task. He said: “As a growing number of turbines come towards the end of their natural life, some will require major maintenance due to wear and tear, there is an opportunity for us to offer our O&M expertise to the wider market.
“For this reason we have re-engineered a suite of universal tools, including support frames for rotors and nacelles and heavy lifting brackets, or that can be used on various turbines, allowing us to offer competitive turbine repair services to asset managers and developers around the UK.
“We have already completed repairs on both Vestas and Siemens turbines, and expect demand to grow significantly over the coming years.”
RES (Renewable Energy Systems) is is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution. At the forefront of the industry for over 35 years, RES has delivered more than 16 GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 3.5 GW worldwide for a large client base. Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured 1GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs more than 2,000 people and is active in 10 countries.