Release Date: 09/22/2010
Location: Husum, Germany
AVAILON AWARDED MAJOR ORDER FOR WTG UPGRADE
Availon will supply and install 81 grid coupling contactors
Availon GmbH, formerly known as SSB Service GmbH, has been awarded a major order for supplying and installing grid coupling contactors as an upgrade for 81xGE 1.5 Wind Turbine Generator Systems (WTGs).
A total of 14 operating companies commissioned Deutsche Immobilien-Leasing GmbH (DIL) as their agent to sign a respective framework agreement with Availon.
The “Grid Coupling Contactor” (GCC) upgrade developed by Availon has been designed for many circuit arrangements and takes over the regular switching operations of the main switch of a WTG. The main switch consequently only serves as an overvoltage protection and so is constantly relieved. Because installing a grid coupling contactor reduces the wear of the main switch, full maintenance or replacement of the main switch is no longer required. The additional switching component also reduces the risk of expensive damage to the frequency converter, if the main switch does not cut out correctly.
”We are delighted that so many operators, represented by DIL, have placed their trust in us. This order for upgrading 81 turbines demonstrates the enormous significance of permanently developing pioneering, market-ready upgrades. Upgrades aim to optimize WTGs, increase their availability and reduce costs for maintenance and servicing. Our ‘Grid Coupling Contactor’ upgrade fulfills precisely these requirements,” explained Olaf Kleesch, Head of Technical Support and Engineering at Availon, Norderstedt, near Hamburg.
As the leading independent service provider, Availon invested at an early stage in technical-engineering know-how and a high level of qualification of its staff. “This major contract demonstrates that our strategy was right. This framework agreement with DIL also considerably motivates us to continue developing upgrades that provide real added value for our customers and thus promise a higher yield,” said Kleesch.
This news release, including photos, can be downloaded via the following link: www.availon.eu/press.
Ms. Dagmar Hammudeh-Keil
Phone: +49 5971 8025-291
About Availon GmbH:
In September 2010, SSB Service GmbH was renamed Availon GmbH. This was the Rheine company’s reaction to its growing commitment in the international WTG servicing business, consistently extending at the same time its global strategic position as an independent WTG service provider. The name “Availon“ was derived from the term “Availability“. In order to ensure a high level of availability and thus yields for WTGs in the long-term, the independent worldwide service partner must offer permanent operational readiness – i.e. a high level of availability.
Since its formation in 2007, the current Availon GmbH has established itself as the leading independent provider of WTG maintenance services. At present, the full-service company operates more than 170 employees in Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and the USA.
Availon GmbH currently maintains more than 1,000 MW worldwide.
The company’s proactive, complete service for worldwide WTGs includes the entire value-added chain, including remote monitoring and maintenance, the provision of spare parts, troubleshooting and the optimization of wind turbines. And all this is monitored by a DQS-certified quality management system.
Availon GmbH is the first independent WTG service provider to be fully certified by the Germanischer Lloyd in all processes required for the servicing operation.
News Release Photos
Grid Coupling Contactor