Enercon, an innovation leader among international wind turbine manufacturers, is opening a new chapter in its collaboration with India: As a first step, ENERCON has concluded non-exclusive cooperation agreements with three independent Indian service providers: Renom Energy Services, Kintech Synergy, and POWERCON Ventures India. All of them have extensive experience in the Indian wind energy sector. The objective of this cooperation is to support repair, maintenance and service of wind energy converters which have been set up with ENERCON technologies in India. Under the cooperation agreements now concluded with Renom, Kintech, and POWERCON, Enercon supplies original spare parts to the three service partners and provides them with comprehensive technical support as well as training for their engineers. ENERCON also assures the availability of special tools necessary for wind turbine maintenance in India. The company has already begun to deliver original spare parts from Germany to its Indian service partners.
"ENERCON is committed to support quality services for Indian wind turbine operators who rely on our technologies and seek service reliability, proven maintenance capability and need spare parts," says Hans-Dieter Kettwig, Managing Director of ENERCON. "Together with our Indian service partners, we will protect the interests of wind park owners, investors and banks which fi nance wind energy projects in India." More than 6700 wind energy converters in India are based on ENERCON technologies. They have a combined electricity generation capacity of 4.8 Gigawatts, making them systemically relevant for India's energy security. However, lack of maintenance and spare parts have already caused hundreds of these wind turbines to cease operation. This impacts India's electricity supply and creates risks for wind power producers, wind park investors, and banks financing them.
ENERCON's return to India reconnects the company with a long history in the country. In 1994, ENERCON became one of the fi rst wind turbine manufacturers to enter the Indian market with local production: Enercon (India) Ltd (EIL) prospered until 2007, when the German majority owner was
forced out by a joint venture partner and lost its former subsidiary, later renamed Wind World India Ltd (WWIL).
Legal disputes which had subsequently prevented ENERCON from operating in India have now been resolved. A recent court ruling creates legal certainty and paves the way for a fresh start: Designated as competent by India's Supreme Court, the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) in London
delivered a comprehensive fi nal award in ENERCON's favour. The ICC ruling concludes a number of disputes, notably the use of ENERCON's intellectual property, and enables the company to return to the Indian market on new terms.
In addition to supporting quality maintenance services for those ENERCON technologies that are already in use in India, ENERCON is currently assessing options to also offer its latest generation wind energy converters in this market.
News published on 14/07/2017 by Rashmi Nargundkar