FINDING SPARE PARTS for aging or discontinued wind turbines is often difficult and time-consuming. This is especially true in Europe where wind farms are more fragmented and smaller than in the U.S. What’s more, in Europe, there are about 25 different OEMs with many models and types that need service. Take Vestas for example. The wind industry is still dealing with its V25s, V27s, V80s, and other units less than 225 kW. No surprise that turbines OEMs want to focus on their newer machines. But how do you find parts for older turbines when the OEM shows little interest?
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Windpower Engineering Editor Paul Dvorak is an experienced mechanical engineer. Paul has seven years of hands on mechanical engineering experience and 23 years of technical writing. Paul is constantly in correspondence with wind turbine manufacturers and wind power researchers. Thanks to this correspondence, he is able to write about wind engineering topics before any other editor in the wind space.