In consultation with SSE, the Renewable Parts Refurbishment Centre is developing capability to responsibly decommission wind turbines.
The Refurbishment Centre, which has already developed and carries out refurbishment solutions for a variety of parts is working with the developers to maximise the reuse of component parts from decommissioned turbines. Once parts have been refurbished, they are re-entered into the supply chain, where they will find a new lease of life in other sites.
The SSE Tangy Wind Farm, situated just 45 miles away from the Refurbishment Centre, aims to replace the existing 22 operational turbines for 16 modern, more efficient machines which could deliver over four times the existing installed generating capacity; collaborating on this project would offer one of the UK’s first opportunities to embrace a circular approach, and responsibly decommission a site.
Award-winning Argyll based innovators Renewable Parts Ltd have joined forces with SSE to explore how adopting a circular economy approach can boost the renewable developer’s green credentials even further.
SSE’s ambitions to replace Tangy’s 22 older turbines with 16 more efficient, modern machines creates an opportunity for the old turbine components to be refurbished locally in Lochgilphead and even reused at other wind farms around the world.
In consultation with SSE Renewables, Renewable Parts Ltd is developing capability to decommission turbines to maximise the potential for re-use of component parts. The existing Tangy operation provides one of the first opportunities to decommission a UK wind turbine site responsibly by minimising waste and making the most of our resources, key principles of the circular economy.
Refurbishing parts would minimise the amount of materials which may otherwise be scrapped, therefore helping to further reduce Tangy’s carbon footprint. The Scottish Government considers the next key issue for onshore wind is that of repowering and that the sector should do more to secure such supply chain and wider economic benefits.
A visit to the Lochgilphead refurbishment centre - itself a refurbished ambulance station - allowed SSE Renewables to explore how both companies can help improve the environment and local economy, whilst spearheading Scotland’s repowering industry in a responsible manner.
Renewable Parts’ Technical Director Ewan Anderson said:
“As an Argyll based business, specialising in the wind turbine industry, we consider developments of this nature critical to the local economy, skills and jobs.
“Scotland is a world leader in wind power, pioneering many new wind turbine technologies. Our position at the forefront of one the UK’s leading sectors demands continued investment in state-of-the-art turbines. The proposed Tangy IV project represents a great opportunity to strengthen that position.”
In August 2018, SSE submitted a Section 36 Application to Scottish Ministers seeking consent to replace the existing 22 operational turbines for 16 modern, more efficient machines. If consented, the proposals could deliver over four times the existing installed generating capacity of the wind farm.
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Article origionally posted on LinkedIn 10/05/2019
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