Developed by Moventas' US-based engineers and following a year of up-tower full-helical gear repairs in North America, the firm today announced it was building multiple self-contained mobile workshops specifically designed to perform this service across North America and Europe.
Five mobile workshops will be strategically located in North America and anadditional two units will be located in Germany and Spain before the end of the year.
By utilising a mobile service unit and a small hydraulic crane, the Moventas up-tower repair eliminates the costs associated with mobilising large boom and secondary cranes normally required to bring the complete gearbox down from the nacelle.
Shipping costs to and from the workshop are also eliminated, as well as the cost of turbine downtime.
Moventas says that it can perform onsite inspections and repairs of high speed, low speed and intermediate assemblies to its owngearboxes as well as competitor models.
"Our goal is to significantly shorten response time, reduce customer cost and to continue to lead the industry in repairs that can be done on-site rather than in a workshop," said Olli Välimäki, Moventas senior vice president of Service.
"This is a significant cost-saver for the industry, making it even more competitive compared to traditional energy forms than before."