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Repowering, Upgrades and Retrofits

Many turbines that Realise Energy Services operate were installed under the Fit or ROC schemes, and as a result, an uplift in income could be achieved through increasing your turbines generation potential.

In some situations, it is possible to repower the whole site by replacing the turbine with a larger or more productive machine.

To further improve efficiency of your current machine where repowering is not feasible, or to improve return on investment of repowered sites, there are many system upgrades suitable for older turbines. Major components such as control systems can be retrofitted with more modern technology to improve turbine production and efficiency and minimise potential for downtime.

It is important to seek professional advice regarding any repowering project to ensure it meets with any Ofgem, planning or grid legislation. This is particularly important where existing sites were installed under the FiT or ROC schemes. Your accreditation could be at risk if you do not follow the correct guidelines.

DEIF Control System Retrofit

Realise Energy Services have partnered with leading European control system manufacturer, DEIF Wind Power Technology, to offer a range of turbine retrofit solutions designed to optimise turbine efficiency, maximise turbine performance and increase production of your wind turbine.

With an impressive background in turbine control system design and manufacture, DEIF offer a comprehensive range of wind turbine retrofit control solutions including wind farm & pitch control technology and turbine control strategies.

Realise Energy Services’ DEIF-trained technicians are now able to assess your turbine and design, model and install a bespoke DEIF solution tailored specifically to your turbine. This can optimise production with increased functionality and reduced wear and tear ensuring improved turbine performance and availability.

We can offer clients a range of cost-effective, yet high quality retrofit solutions manufactured by DEIF who have a proven track record across a global fleet of hundreds of Vestas turbines supported with our locally based operation and maintenance and turbine monitoring services.

Key Benefits:

  • Increased income;
  • Reduced maintenance costs (subject to O&M contract type)

 

Benefits achieved through:

 

  • Higher availability and less downtime
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased Annual Energy Production and performance
  • Reduced maintenance costs over the lifetime of the turbine through reduced wear and tear and by replacing outdated parts with new technology
  • Extended turbine lifetime
  • New management system (SCADA) interface
  • Automatic reset of alarms
  • Full control of turbine parameters
  • New intelligent power and speed control
  • Derating strategies to avoid stops
  • State-of-the-art turbine control software

This is the process of replacing an existing wind turbine with a newer, more efficient and possibly larger wind turbine on the same site.

The Benefits

  • Quite simply, repowering is an opportunity to make your wind turbine site more productive and more efficient resulting in better performance
  • It reduces the risk of maintenance issues with ageing turbines and offers better access to spare parts
  • Potential to improve the quality and reliability of exported power
  • Potentially reduces insurance costs due to reduced risk for the insurer

It is important to seek professional advice regarding any repowering project to ensure it meets with any Ofgem, planning or grid legislation. This is particularly important where existing sites were installed under the FiT or ROC schemes. Your accreditation could be at risk if you do not follow the correct guidelines.

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Coronavirus Update

 

COVID-19 – REALISE ENERGY SERVICES EMERGENCY MEASURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE SAFE OPERATION OF OUR CUSTOMERS’ TURBINES

Realise Energy Services is taking the spread of Coronavirus in the UK&I extremely seriously. Our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers, providing a safe and hygienic environment for them to carry out their work and ensure the continuing safe operation of your turbine(s).

We are staying well informed of the developing situation and are following the advice and recommendations from the Government, relevant Public Health bodies and the World Health Organisation.

Current government advice defines energy generation as an “essential service” under the heading of “utilities, communication and financial services”. This means that our service engineers can continue to service and maintain our customers’ turbines to ensure their safe operation as part of the UK energy network and respond to unscheduled events as needed.

In addition, the government is advising that, if an individual is unable to do their job from home (even if it isn’t an essential service) they should continue to travel to and from their workplace. We are fortunate that our “workplace” is normally a windy hill in the countryside!

Therefore, we will continue to monitor, operate and maintain our customers’ fleet over the coming weeks confident that we are both following government guidelines and emergency legislation.

If you are a turbine owner and your normal service and maintenance provider is unable to respond for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance on 0800 042 0251 or enquiries@realise-energy.co.uk and we would be glad to see if we can help at this difficult time for everyone.