Siemens and Duke Energy Renewable Services say they have reached an agreement in which they will combine their complementary service capabilities on Siemens and other OEM equipment to offer North American wind farm owners operations and maintenance (O&M) services for multiple brands of wind turbines.
According to the companies, the agreement offers a one-stop shop for customers who are managing multiple brands of wind turbines in their fleets, helping them stay competitive and derive maximum value from their wind energy assets.
Under this agreement, customers may turn to either Siemens or Duke Energy Renewable Services when it comes to serving their multiple-brand O&M needs.
“This services cooperation between Siemens and Duke Energy Renewable Services combines the complementary strengths and experience of two key wind energy companies in the North American market,” says Darnell Walker, head of Siemens power generation services, wind power and renewables for the Americas region. “This is a powerful duo, and by working together, we can offer our customers new and expanded service product offerings and capabilities.”
“We are pleased to be working with Siemens to offer flexible, effective and reliable O&M services for wind asset owners,” says Jeff Wehner, vice president of Duke Energy Renewables operations. “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.”
The companies note that the North American wind energy market – particularly the U.S. market, where the industry’s maturation is continuing, with nearly 50,000 wind turbines installed – is experiencing changing dynamics. As such, customers are seeking a single point of contact to provide service and maintenance for a wind project’s entire fleet and flexibility in service contract scope.
Siemens says it is adapting to this changing environment through innovative solutions, increased investment in service research and development, a new modular and flexible portfolio, and a robust digital services portfolio.
With expertise in a wide range of technology, including eight turbine manufacturers, Duke Energy Renewable Services aims to maximize wind asset performance, drive revenue, and offer remote monitoring and asset optimization through its Renewable Control Center.