Siemens, Duke Energy forge wind O&M partnership

Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Source: Siemens AG

November 3 (SeeNews) - German industrial group Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) said Wednesday it has joined hands with US utility Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) to offer “one-stop shop” servicing for diverse wind turbine fleets in North America.

The partnership is targeting wind power capacity owners that have various types and brands of wind turbines in their portfolios. The complementary operation and maintenance (O&M) capabilities of Siemens and Duke will cover machines made by the Germany company and other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

There are nearly 50,000 wind turbines installed across North America. Siemens says that the new offering would help North American wind companies stay competitive by deriving maximum returns from their assets.

“In addition to our services business for third parties, we are experienced wind energy owners and operators. This perspective and deep industry knowledge drives our efficient, customer-centric approach to our renewable services business,” Duke Energy Renewables Operations vice president, Jeff Wehner, said.  

Duke Energy has vast experience working on non-Siemens turbines, particularly with eight other manufacturers, according to the press release. It provides remote monitoring and asset optimisation through its Renewable Control Centre.

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