Moventas Invests in U.K. Wind Service Market To Offer Full-Load Testing

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Moventas is investing in the U.K. wind service market and offers a multi-brand gearbox service portfolio for the U.K. and Ireland’s most popular fleets. In July, Moventas’ OEM quality facility in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, will complete a substantial upgrade with a full-load test rig for after sales service use.

Moventas Gears U.K., formerly DB Wind U.K., is in the final stages of refurbishing and upgrading its Huddersfield workshop in West Yorkshire. The gearbox specialist has made a capital investment in a 3.6-MW load test rig, flexibly designed to accommodate Moventas’ multi-brand service approach. Supported by the U.K. government, the Huddersfield upgrade is part of a regional growth initiative. The test field will be operational this July and ready to support customers in the second half of 2016.

Moventas is the first gearbox service partner in the U.K. to provide multi-megawatt full load testing, which is an essential part of most gearbox service operations. From now on, serviced gearboxes no longer need to be sent to mainland Europe for testing, which minimizes logistics costs and carbon footprint.

“With 35 years of wind turbine gearbox experience, industry leading technology and state of the art manufacturing facilities, Moventas is ideally placed to support the servicing of the U.K. installed base of wind turbines from its modern, well -quipped service facility in the center of the country,” said Jim McColl of ClydeBlowers, who is also the chairman of the Moventas board.  “I am proud to say that the U.K. wind industry can really benefit from our highly qualified service team, experienced in the service and repair of gearboxes for all makes of multi-megawatt wind turbines.”

Moventas is able to service as many as 20 different turbine brands’ gearboxes, which add up to 60 models. Focusing on the most popular fleets, Moventas U.K. covers a large aspect of the market in the area — Vestas V80 and V90, Senvion MM82 and MM92, and Nordex N80 and N90, as well as the Siemens 2.3.

Moventas U.K.’s field service team can perform a number of up-tower jobs for Vestas and Siemens fleets and offers local condition management expertise. Moventas’ objective is to extend gearbox life on existing fleets, contributing to cost-savings of wind O&M and, therefore, lowering the cost of wind energy.

For more information, go to www.moventas.com.