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Major Component Exchange: keeping the wind turbines turning

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Major Component Exchange: keeping the wind turbines turning

  • Publish Date: Posted 25 days ago
  • Author: Marketing Team

Across Europe and further afield, wind turbines can now be seen across the panoramic landscape – out in the water and grouped together on solid ground. When they first started appearing their striking designs and large-scale certainly stood out. Nowadays members of the public are used to seeing them up close, and in the background, as they drive by.

Insight from Statista showed that wind power capacity in Europe has steadily increased across the last decade, last reported at 240,624 megawatts in 2022. That’s a lot of wind turbines, all of which need maintaining and keeping in good condition to ensure they can continue to efficiently generate power for decades to come. So how do you maintain a wind turbine? That’s where Major Component Exchange (MCE) comes in.

What is Major Component Exchange?

Major Component Exchange (MCE) is a critical aspect in wind turbine maintenance. At its core, it involves the replacement of significant elements of a wind turbine, such as the rotor, gearbox, and generator, to sustain turbine efficiency and longevity. This process significantly propels the lifecycle performance and overall productivity of ageing wind turbines.

The major advantage of the component exchange is its cost-effectiveness. Instead of a complete wind turbine replacement, refurbishing the critical parts through an exchange programme significantly reduces capital expenditure. This is particularly beneficial where wind turbines face harsh weather conditions, leading to advanced wear and tear. Through wind turbine MCE, operators can ensure that their turbines remain operational for a long duration, thereby maximising return on investment.

Implementing an MCE programme also helps to minimise downtime while essential maintenance takes place. The process is conducted meticulously for minimum interruption of energy production - ensuring turbines are up-and-running promptly, delivering high efficiency levels.

Extending the life of wind turbines

The MCE programmes help to extend the life of the wind turbines, reducing the need for large-scale replacement projects that bring it with an increased cost and crucially bigger carbon footprint. MCE offers an effective solution to ensure wind turbines can continue to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Did you know?

NRL has its own team of MCE experts who work across Europe to undertake Major Component Exchange programmes. From remote locations to harsh weather conditions, our MCE Supervisors work across the continent to undertake the MCE requirements for our clients, with an absolute focus on delivering a high standard of service and efficiency.

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