Broadwind Plans Expansion Of Gearbox-Refurbishment Capabilities

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Naperville, Ill.-based Broadwind Energy Inc. is expanding its portfolio of precision repair and engineering services with enhanced megawatt gearbox-refurbishment capabilities.

‘With a large portion of the approximately 35,000 MW installed base of wind turbines in the U.S. now coming out of warranty, we see a growing need for a comprehensive solution for megawatt gearbox-refurbishment services that Broadwind can provide,’ says J. Cameron Drecoll, CEO of Broadwind Energy.

The company anticipates that its enhanced wind turbine gearbox-refurbishment capabilities will be fully operational in the second half of this year, and will enable approximately 500 MW of annual wind turbine gearbox refurbishment, testing and field replacement.

Site-selection discussions for Broadwind's gearbox complex are under way and are focused on the Abilene, Texas, area, which is in close proximity to the world's largest fleet of megawatt turbines. Abilene is also the home of Broadwind's wind turbine structural tower manufacturing plant, which began production in February 2009.

SOURCE: Broadwind Energy Inc.

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