Management for your wind farm
Operational management –
Transparent and efficient
With 20 years of experience and 18 employees, our operational management team maximises the energy-based availability of your wind farm, ensuring reliable yields.
We currently manage, both technically and commercially, a portfolio with a total output of 1.3 GW – from institutional investors and investment companies but also from civil society energy projects, municipal utilities and energy suppliers.
A crucial factor for the economic success of your wind farm is perfect coordination right from the start: from foresighted operational management and regular maintenance and inspections, to round-the-clock remote monitoring. In this way, downtime is kept to a minimum. On your behalf, we will also keep an eye on the deadlines for all necessary inspections, e.g. recurring audits, DGUV V3 inspections and pressure vessel testing. You can rest assured that with us as your operator you will not miss any key dates.
BASE, PLUS or additional modules: The right concept for everyone
Extreme mechanical loads combined with long operating times place high demands on the operational management of wind farms. And yet every wind farm is an individual technical system. That’s why we offer you maximum flexibility with our modular technical and commercial management services. In addition to the BASE and PLUS modules, we offer a wide range of individual services to suit your specific needs. We will be happy to advise you personally and find the right solution for you.
Scope of services: Wind farm technical management
|Scope of services||BASE|
|24/7 monitoring and documentation||24/7 system monitoring|
|System set-up, SCADA data service and WIS2Go app|
|Documentation in maintenance history records|
|Wind farm operation||Responsibility for operator’s obligations|
|Energy billing and auditing|
|Feed-in and load management|
|On-site assistance||Scheduled maintenance organisation|
|Monitoring of maintenance and inspections|
|Landscaping, winter road clearance, on-site attendant|
|Support||Support with warranty claims|
|Support with approval requirements||Additional module
|Monitoring compensation and substitution measures||Additional module
|Public registers||Additional module
“VSB is providing a completely reliable support for the KommunalPartner wind turbines and constantly optimizes operation. I especially appreciate the fact that VSB thinks outside the box, provides consistent informationand ensures the highest level of trust with the operator.”
Julian Klett, Projektleiter, Stadtwerke Tübingen
Our services in detail
Initial set-up and SCADA data service
Customer access: WIS and WIS2Go app
Supervision and monitoring
Reporting and communication
Documentation and maintenance history records
Responsibility for turbines
Network security management
Direct marketing support
Organisation of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance
We check whether the maintenance intervals for the wind turbine – as agreed between the customer and the commissioned service company or wind turbine manufacturer – are adhered to and that the maintenance is carried out properly. In addition, we monitor compliance with the intervals for all further inspections by experts or appraisers. We carefully examine any available maintenance protocols, inspection reports and expert opinions for the wind turbine, deriving maintenance recommendations from them. Beyond the warranty period or the term of full maintenance contracts, we will either obtain offers from third parties for remedying faults or VSB will offer to perform the repair work itself.
Landscaping, winter road clearance, on-site attendant
Support with warranty claims
Monitoring compensation and substitution measures
On-demand night-time marking: Ask the experts
We will support you in the implementation of your night-time marking solution. When reviewing your individual situation, we will consider in detail the local factors and requirements: from technical inspection, e.g. of existing interfaces, to the clarification of permit requirements, we will take a close look at all points. We then research relevant providers for your site and move into the technical planning stage. On your behalf, we evaluate offers in terms of investment and operating costs, scope of services, and risk. This includes assessing the possibility of exemption from the retrofitting obligation on grounds of economic unreasonableness. We provide answers to questions like: Does my wind farm meet the technical requirements? Can or must we include neighbouring wind farms for an active or passive radar system? Do necessary adjustments to the BImSchG permit have to be taken into account during implementation?
In addition to options and recommendations for action, we also prepare the exact time schedule of the project, including the approval process. Would you like us to manage and implement the project for you completely? From the financial plan to installation, we are happy to assume responsibility for your wind farm’s on-demand night-time marking.
Background: What is on-demand night-time marking (BNK) and what options are there?
To prevent air traffic accidents, wind turbines need to be illuminated or equipped with warning lights in the dark. Within the framework of the Energy Collection Act (EnSaG) of December 2018, mandatory on-demand night-time marking (known in German as BNK) was adopted as a measure to reduce the burden on the environment. BNK is mandatory for new wind turbines as well as for all existing turbines (over 100 m total height) from 1 July 2021. With BNK, the flashing obstacle lights are only activated when flying objects are actually in the vicinity of the wind turbine. From a technological perspective, there are three options for controlling these turbine beacons. The systems approved by DFS, the company responsible for air traffic control in Germany, rely on primary radar technology. They can be divided into passive and active radar. Passive radar uses existing radio waves to monitor the airspace. Active radar-based systems send out their own signals and respond to the signals of an aircraft approaching the wind farm. The third option is transponder technology. Here, wind turbines are equipped with a receiver that receives the transponder signal from the aircraft and then activates the night-time beacon.