From the Wires
Aggreko and ComRent Combine for Wind Energy Agreement
Collaboration Provides a Seamless Commissioning Solution for Wind Farm Power
By: Marketwired .
Nov. 13, 2012 06:37 AM
HOUSTON, TX and OWINGS, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- Focusing on wind energy, Aggreko the global leader in temporary power generation, temperature control and oil-free compressed air solutions, and ComRent International, the leading global provider of load bank rentals and services, have signed an agreement to provide a specialized temporary power and load bank solution to the wind turbine industry.
The agreement which covers the continental United States and Canada, enables Aggreko and ComRent to combine efforts to offer complex wind turbine commissioning services that save significant time and money for owners and operators.
"Aggreko and ComRent are well-established in providing commissioning services to the wind energy sector," said Neil Hamilton, National Manager, Corporate Accounts, Aggreko North America. "Working together, we will be able to capitalize on these market strengths and deliver an unrivaled solution to more users. This relationship represents another step forward in Aggreko's global strategy to provide customers worldwide with leading-edge power products and technologies that allow them to succeed."
Utilities that manage the grid where wind farms seek connections often require certification prior to grid operation -- an often time consuming and expensive process. To address this issue, Aggreko and ComRent's innovative solution will establish realistic conditions where the turbines are fully tested to their limits in a controlled environment prior to initial grid interconnection. This unique offering reduces the time needed to commission wind farms by testing all associated transformers and switchgear as well as the substation. With the new process, the commissioning is reduced from months to just weeks for a fully compliant wind farm -- with revenue opportunities realized immediately.
"This is an exclusive, combined offering which uniquely positions ComRent and Aggreko to deliver a strong, end-to-end solution to developers in the wind energy industry," said Paul Clewell, Vice President, Global Development, ComRent. "Together the two organizations can offer the North American wind energy industry unparalleled technology and seasoned technical teams, comprehensively addressing clients' needs."
In addition, ComRent's wind farm power testing solution was recently recognized as a winner in the 4th Annual 2012 Golden Bridge Awards within the Green, Eco-Friendly & Cleantech -- Innovations category. The annual Golden Bridge Awards program spotlights achievements and positive contributions of organizations and individuals from all over the world.
About ComRent International
Since 1997, ComRent International has been providing industrial electrical professionals and facility engineers with reliable electrical and thermal load banks, transformers, cables and switchgear to commission and test mission-critical electrical and mechanical systems in high-performance structures such as data centers, healthcare facilities, nuclear power plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants and commercial cruise ships. ComRent offers North America's largest inventory of load banks, transformers, switchgear and cables. Its load bank rental solutions and value-added consulting services help construction managers and facility engineers validate designs, installations, total system performance and even LEED compliance. With 20 global distribution centers strategically located across the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, ComRent makes it possible to quickly and cost-effectively identify potential power and performance issues in these environments -- where uptime is paramount to continued operation. For more information, please visit www.ComRent.com.
Aggreko plc is the world leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control solutions. Aggreko employs over 4,500 people operating from 165 locations. In 2011 we served customers in about 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately GBP 1.4bn (USD 2.2bn or Euros 1.6bn). Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L), is a member of the FTSE 100 index, and is headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please visit the company website at www.aggreko.com.
Aggreko provides power and temperature control solutions to customers who need them either very quickly, or for a short or indeterminate length of time. Examples would be the supply of power to an industrial site which needs to service its permanent power supply, supplying a whole city in times of power shortage, or providing a major sporting event with power and cooling systems. We serve our customers either through our 165 service centres, which we call the Local business, or globally through our International Power Projects business.
In the Local business, which accounts for about half of our revenues, we hire our equipment to customers, who then operate it for themselves, although we retain responsibility for servicing and maintaining it. In the International Power Projects business, which also accounts for about half of our revenues, we operate as a power producer. We install and operate power plants and we charge our customers both for providing the generating capacity and for the electricity we produce. We design and manufacture equipment specifically for these requirements in our factory in Dumbarton, Scotland.
Recent customers include the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the power utilities in over 50 countries including the UK, France, Angola, Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil and the U.S.
In 2011 we fulfilled almost 43,000 customers' assignments and when researched, 69% of them gave us a recommendation of 9 or 10 out of 10. For more information, please visit our local website at: www.aggreko.com/northamerica.
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