CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy Renewables is making wind turbine repair and maintenance a breeze by offering a first-of-its-kind service option to wind energy producers around the U.S. An alternative lifting service is now available through Duke Energy Renewable Services, an industry-leading operator and maintenance provider for third-party wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities in the U.S.
Traditional wind turbine maintenance requires many cranes, a massive construction zone and precise scheduling of multiple contractors and equipment. The alignment of multiple resources inserts an element of risk to completing wind turbine projects on time and on budget. Duke Energy Renewables' alternative lifting service makes that process more efficient.
"Streamlining the wind turbine maintenance process to one call, one truck, one team and in as little as one day is a new service, we're thrilled to offer our commercial wind energy customers," said Jeff Wehner, vice president of Duke Energy Renewables. "U.S. wind power has more than tripled over the past decade. As wind energy resources continue to grow, utilizing more efficient maintenance services will help to optimize wind energy resources so that they produce the greatest amount of renewable energy possible."
The service is the first U.S. commercial offering that leverages the GenHook LT™ all-in-one crane package from KenzFigee – a well-established global specialist supplier and service provider of tailor-made cranes and equipment for the marine, offshore and wind energy industries.
"KenzFigee is proud to deliver a product that reflects Duke Energy's commitment to sustainability and service excellence," said Jan-Pieter Klaver, CEO of KenzFigee.
"The complexity and coordination of so many people and pieces of equipment often results in costly project delays," added Wehner. "We knew there had to be a better way, and working closely with KenzFigee, we found it."
A better option for wind turbine maintenance
Some key benefits now available to commercial wind site operators who choose an alternative lifting solution include:
Follow this link for an animated video demonstrating the alternative lifting service.
Large Corrective Services
Duke Energy Renewable Services offers a variety of preventive and corrective services to commercial wind sites within the U.S.
The Large Corrective Team services and replaces major components in wind turbines in excess of 100 meters tall. The massive turbine blades can sweep a vertical airspace of about an acre and the blades contribute to a total wind turbine height exceeding 400 feet.
The Large Corrective Team is ISO 9001:2015 certified and boasts an industry-leading safety record and offers experienced technicians, specialized tooling, dedicated project management, scheduling, crane management and lift planning to help keep U.S. wind turbines spinning.
"Wind power is already a top clean energy source," said Tony Morelli, who manages the Large Corrective Team. "We're proud to deploy this state-of-the-art, zero-emission crane to make it even cleaner."
For more information about this and other available Duke Energy Renewables Services, contact Duke Energy Renewable Services today.
Duke Energy Renewables
Duke Energy Renewables, a nonregulated unit of Duke Energy, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 megawatts. The power is sold to electric utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers. The unit also operates energy storage and microgrid projects. Visit Duke Energy Renewables for more information.
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