The Times have published an article regarding the opening of our parts Refurbishment Centre.
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A Scottish business is setting up what it believes to be the first British-based recycling plant for wind turbine parts.
Renewable Parts already works buying and selling stock for the onshore wind sector. Now it has invested a six-figure sum refurbishing a former ambulance centre in Lochgilphead, Argyll.
Many of the first generation of wind farms soon will be coming to the end of their expected 25-year operational lifespan. That is expected to lead to equipment being decommissioned and it is thought that many parts can be repaired and resold rather than being sent for scrap.
James Barry, chief executive, is confident that his company can supply a refurbished part, such as a gears or motors, at least 40 per cent more cheaply than it would be to buy a new version. Similar operations have been established in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, but Mr Barry believes that Renewable Parts has “first mover” advantage in Britain.
While the UK has a lot of wind turbines, we unfortunately did have the foresight to get involved in the manufacturing,” Mr Barry said. “We have the fantastic opportunity to step back into the supply chain and refurbish parts.
“Many of these components are heavy, so you do not want to be transporting them great distances so to do it [locally]as much as you can does make it a lot of sense.”
The tooling and production line facility will employ three staff when it formally opens tomorrow, but Mr Barry expects the workforce to double over the next few months.
Stephanie Conesa, policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Renewable Parts’ plans present a vision of a future where machines that have produced clean electricity for two decades or more are given new value.
“Onshore wind is now the cheapest form of energy generation available and remanufacturing, refurbishing and reconditioning turbine parts can help the sector to go even further in cutting costs.”
The University of Strathclyde and the Masschusetts Institute of Technology have been working with the company on the venture.
With over 20 years experience in wind turbine maintenance and parts supply, we have the technical expertise to help you reduce costs whilst maximising availability levels.
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