There are many benefits for wind farm owners and operators in having a replacement generator rapidly available if major generator damage occurs. Ordering a replacement unit from the factory will typically mean downtime of up to 20 weeks. Such a long period of downtime will naturally cause huge production losses.
To help our customers overcome this problem, we have developed the ABB replace and recycle service. As part of the service, we have established two storage facilities for rapid generator replacement. We store several units of the largest wind power generator fleets. These are located in Denmark (50 Hz generators) and the USA (60 Hz units).
The ‘recycle’ aspect of the service means that you exchange your damaged generator for the replacement unit. We repair and refurbish the damaged generators to as-new condition and place them in storage.
Wind farms that use our replace and recycle service have generators available for rapid replacement if a production unit gets damaged. This cuts downtime and reduces production losses.