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REETEC offers on-demand night-time marking for wind turbines according to the new energy collection legislation

25.04.2019 //

Numerous operators of German onshore and offshore wind turbines will have to equip these with a facility for on-demand night-time marking (German: BNK) of aviation obstacles by mid-2020.

REETEC offers on-demand night-time marking (BNK) solutions according to the new energy collection legislation, which was passed on November 11, 2018. According to this law, wind turbines (WTG) that are required to be furnished with aviation aid systems in accordance with the approval notice must be equipped with on-demand night-time marking from July 1, 2020 – this applies to both newly erected WTG and existing plants.

It is still uncertain which radar and transponder systems will be preferred by aviation authorities in the future. Therefore REETEC has already implemented interfaces to the currently approved radar systems – such as DARK SKY, Parasol and Therma – as well as to two transponder systems still under construction as part of the new and enhanced development of its aviation aid portfolio over the last one and a half years.

Thus, all new REETEC aviation aid systems type RE-LED2 are already prepared for BNK retrofitting – they only have to be equipped with the respective module, which can be "inserted" without any special expertise. Retrofitting is therefore both quick and cost-effective.

By upgrading to the latest control technology with web-based monitoring and a user interface, older REETEC systems (RE-LED 86x) are also suitable for on-demand night-time marking. In addition, REETEC offers complete retrofit solutions for existing plants whose systems cannot be retrofitted.

"We estimate that by mid-2020 more than 15,000 wind turbines in Germany will have to be converted or retrofitted for BNK operation," says Claus Sejersen, Head of Sales and Marketing at REETEC. "To ensure that all WTG meet the new requirements by this deadline, operators concerned are recommended to address the issue now."


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Repowering: EDF Renewables commissions a fully renewed wind farm in Germany

11.12.2018 //

Paris, December 11th, 2018 – EDF Renewables in Germany is announcing the repowering of the Eckolstädt wind farm, the first in a series to come.
“Repowering” or renewing means the refurbishment of a facility that has reached the end of its life cycle. The Eckolstädt wind farm initially had an installed capacity of 14.5 MW, which has now been increased to 34.5 MW.
This repowering project contributes to the EDF Group's CAP 2030 strategy, which is aimed at doubling its worldwide renewable capacity to 50 GW between 2015 and 2030.

The Eckolstädt wind farm is located in Thuringia, Germany. Developed and commissioned by EDF Renewables in 1999, it initially consisted of 11 first-generation wind turbines.
After obtaining planning permission and benefiting from a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement contract in late 2016, Eckolstädt's wind turbines were fully dismantled by REETEC, an EDF Renewables’ subsidiary, in early 2018. The wind turbines' components were mostly recycled and the foundations were crushed to be used as backfill for the platforms of new projects and surrounding roads.

The wind farm was then rebuilt on the same site and now consists of 10 new-generation wind turbines. The output generated by the wind farm is enough to meet the electricity needs of almost 18,500 German households.

The six-month repowering project was managed by EDF Renewables in Germany.
Installed capacity has been increased by 20 MW to 34.5 MW with a smaller number of turbines.

EDF Renewables is currently assessing other repowering projects in Germany where there is a potential of 4.5 GW or 6,000 wind turbines* to be refurbished by the end of 2020, and around 1,600 wind turbines per year between 2021 and 2026.
In France, EDF Renewables is also actively evaluating four repowering projects.

With the growing number of wind farms due to reach the end of their life-cycle between 2020 and 2030 – representing an installed capacity of around 76 GW across Europe** – repowering is a growth industry in which EDF Renewables has been developing its expertise over the last few years.

* According to the Deutsche WindGuard study: „Weiterbetrieb von Windenergieanlagen nach 2020“.
** According to the WindEurope association, almost half of the European Union’s installed wind power capacity – 141.6 GW in 2015 – is due to reach the end of its life between 2020 and 2030.

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REETEC at WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

20.08.2018 //

From 25th to 28th September 2018 REETEC exhibits at the WindEnergy trade fair in Hamburg. Of course we will present our entire service portfolio, but this year with a special focus on:

  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Onshore and Offshore
  • Rotor Blade Services
  • Aviation Aid Systems

Visit us in hall B6 at booth 375, where we will present ourselves with a new corporate identity as REETEC EDF Renewables as part of the EDF EN Group. So you see us in a new look and feel in terms of logo and colouring. This year, we share our booth with OWS Off-Shore Wind Solutions – which has been part of us since 2017 – as well as our co-exhibitors EDF EN Germany and Theolia Naturenergien.

Save the date: On 27th September 2018 at 17:15 pm Guillaume Bouchet, Commercial Project Manager Offshore at REETEC, will explain the "Benefits of booking an offshore campaign vs. hiring 'hands'" at the Speakers' Corner of the trade fair.

We look forward to welcoming you at our booth.

See you in Hamburg!

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