GEV Wind Power, Wind Power Lab to offer blade services


GEV Wind Power, one of the world’s leading wind-turbine blade repair and maintenance providers, has merged with Danish-based Wind Power Lab, a leader in providing intelligent technology-based blade solutions to wind-park operators. The existing management teams, led by CEOs David Fletcher and Anders Røpke, will continue to lead their respective businesses in this growth market.

There remains a continued focus on producing more energy from renewable sources to drive down global carbon emissions in the coming years. This, together with the cost of wind-energy production being comparable to the cost of producing energy from fossil fuels, means wind energy is becoming an increasingly attractive option.

The world’s first internal blade inspection using a drone, developed by Wind Power Lab. (Courtesy: Wind Power Lab)

GEV provides field blade repair and maintenance services to wind-farm manufacturers and operators in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., operating both onshore and in challenging offshore environments. Wind-turbine blades are susceptible to erosion and weather damage, which affects aerodynamic efficiency and reduces their energy production (and can sometimes stop the turbine operating altogether).

GEV specializes in providing highly qualified technicians to repair blades, reducing downtime, and maximizing production. It has repaired more than 5,000 turbines to date and, with turbines increasing in size and rotating faster, making them more prone to damage, GEV has a vital role to play in supporting the growth and ensuring wind turbines keep spinning.

Based in Denmark, the home of wind-turbine technology, WPL provides world-class blade expertise and machine-learning-enabled services for all wind-farm park owners, irrespective of the number of turbines they operate.

Asset managers worldwide can utilize WPL services for identification of blade defects and data-driven blade-repair recommendations. By accessing WPL services, clients are able to optimize their blade-maintenance strategies and ultimately reduce costs and maximize production.

As a combined force, the organization will operate with a global footprint and be able to provide a comprehensive range of cost-effective predictive blade maintenance services. The merger will also create the only independent service provider able to provide services to the whole rotor blade value chain and introduce to a wider client base new technologies such as blade internal drone inspections.

The combined group is backed by Bridges Fund Management, a specialist private equity investor focused on the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive economy.

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