First Wind, a renewable energy company focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale power projects in the United States, has contracted with Winergy Drive Systems Corporation (WDSC) to rebuild gearboxes for some of its Clipper wind turbines at wind farms across the country, from Vermont to Hawaii.
“We are excited to enter into this agreement with Winergy and look forward to the delivery of our first rebuilt gearbox from them in 2015. Winergy is well-recognized within the industry as an established wind turbine gearbox manufacturer and we are excited about what they bring to the table in terms of capability, reliability and engineering prowess,” said EJ Martin, Vice President of Operations at First Wind.
The multi-year contract confirms that WDSC has leveraged its expertise to expand its services to include remanufacturing of gearboxes built by competitors. WDSC will offer the ability to dissemble the 97,000-pound Clipper gearbox, replace parts with new components and complete a full-load test before returning it back to the customer.
First Wind originally purchased the wind turbines from Clipper Windpower.
“This agreement is indicative of the commitment Winergy has to support our key customer’s management of Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), independent of original equipment manufacturer,” said Richard Nelson, Director of Aftermarket and Aftersales for Winergy.
Winergy’s American production plant was founded in 2001 and is the largest gearbox manufacturer and remanufacturer for wind turbine gearboxes and drive trains in North America.
Winergy is headquartered in Voerde, Germany, and is the leading drive train component manufacturer for wind turbines. It has supplied gearboxes that support the production of more than 100 gigawatts of power generation gearboxes. With more than 30 years of experience, Winergy offers gearboxes, HybridDrives, couplings, and services to wind turbine manufacturers as well as wind park owners and operations and maintenance companies. The product portfolio covers power ratings between 750 kW and 6.5 MW. This is complemented by a high quality professional service portfolio. Production and service locations are located in Europe, China, India, and the U.S., while the base of service locations expanded continuously on a global level.
First Wind, which recently entered into an agreement to be acquired by SunEdison and TerraForm Power, is a leading renewable energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind is operating or building renewable energy projects across the country, with combined capacity of nearly 1,300 megawatts (MW) – enough to power more than 375,000 homes each year.