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Wind turbine blade O&M company cooperates with insurance firm for North American market

Knight & Carver Wind Group, a wind turbine blade repair, service and fabrication firm, has entered into a long-term blade service agreement for the North American wind market with GCube - a provider of insurance services for renewable energy initiatives – to reduce the amount of time a wind turbine is considered inoperative.

In addition to reducing down-time for wind turbines, the wind turbine blade service deal could bring “significant cost savings for wind farm developers and investors in the future,” according to King & Carver.

Under the agreement, GCube's loss adjustment and engineering team will work directly with Knight & Carver to dispatch wind turbine blade inspectors and provide an initial, on site diagnosis within 48 hours.

The initial analysis, ahead of a formal report that includes photos, analysis and repair estimates, provides first hand feedback that helps fast track the repair of wind turbine blades, whilst handling the operation in the most cost effective and efficient manner.

“As wind turbine technology continues to rise up the international energy agenda, investors are increasingly keen to capitalise on a rapidly expanding renewables market,” says Fraser McLachlan, Chief Executive Officer, GCube. “In order to safeguard the credibility of the industry, however, it’s imperative that wind farms provide a consistent and reliable source of energy to the grid.

“Turbine downtime can and does play an important role in influencing future investment decisions and its imperative that this inoperability is managed and mitigated against, whenever possible. The agreement with Knight & Carver marks an important milestone in the evolution of the industry and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

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