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23.09.2019 Partner who reinvent themselves

Current developments are affecting the economically viable operation of old as well as new wind turbine generators (WTG). On the one hand, falling remunerations and regulatory requirements such as retrofitting On-Demand Night-Time Marking (ONM) are placing a burden on existing wind farms. On the other hand, the requirements of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) 2017 are creating challenges for operators of new turbines. As a result, tried-and-tested business management and technical operating concepts are also under scrutiny.

Greater efficiency through streamlined overall operation

In addition to commercial management, plant operation is largely controlled by technical operations and service, which consequently represent a large proportion of costs. Deutsche Windtechnik is increasingly being approached by customers who ask the following question: How can the resources within the process chain of my wind farm be utilised even more efficiently? Lars Schwitters, Head of Customer Management and Technical Management at Deutsche Windtechnik X-Service, has answers: “An initial analysis quickly reveals that many wind farms operate parallel structures, have insufficient data analysis and are conceptually not yet prepared for the above-mentioned developments. The interface between technical operations and service is particularly important. The exchange of information at this interface must be uninterrupted and transparent. And not only between technical operations and service but also with the operator.” This interface has already been successfully optimised
at some wind farms under full maintenance. A number of current maintenance customers who operate a total of 70 turbines have decided to delegate parts of technical operations to Deutsche Windtechnik too, in order to lower costs. Deutsche Windtechnik is also already involved in projects that must fulfil the requirements of EEG 2017. These important, ground-breaking experiences will be incorporated into future service concepts.

Operational management process can be customised

The advantages of a new cooperation between technical operations and service depend on the respective requirements and the persons involved. In order to achieve maximum efficiency for the operator, however, processes and the division of tasks need to be evaluated. The areas to be evaluated include remote data monitoring, reporting, direct marketing of electricity, feed-in management, inspections, availability analyses, TR 10 requirements, data management and security, evaluation and many more. The range of tasks that operators and/or operations managers decide to take responsibility for themselves is very diverse.

The emerging question of the independence of different instances within a company must also be taken into account, but this can be ensured by recurring monitoring processes. Potentially conflicting points of view between the operator, operational management, service and customer management are desirable. They help us to find the best possible solution for the operator.

Focus on independent service

Even though experiences have been positive in a range of areas, Matthias Brandt, Board Director at Deutsche Windtechnik, emphasises the company’s focus: “We have grown as an independent service provider. That is our core business. If one of our current customers or an operations manager approaches us, we evaluate the opportunities together. If it offers advantages for all stakeholders, we are prepared to take on additional responsibilities that go beyond service.”