RWE Renewables has recently joined forces with GE Renewable Energy to upgrade the Panther Creek III wind farm located in Texas, US. As part of the agreement, the two firms will jointly work on replacing wind turbine components, including installation of longer blades and upgrading existing gearboxes at Panther Creek III wind farm.
Installation and commissioning of the project is anticipated to be concluded by Q3 2021 which will consequently increases the annual production for all 133 WTGs (wind turbine generators) on the site, reaching a total installed capacity of 215 MW.
Elated to partner with RWE on the project, Ben Stafford, Services Sales & Commercial Operations Executive for Onshore Americas, GE Renewable Energy, said that repowering Panther Creek III gives their firm the opportunity to extend the life of the farm’s wind turbines, as well as improve the reliability and performance of the wind farm. The revamp would also include recycling prior installed wind blades.
Apparently, as a part of GE Renewable’s blade recycling deal with Veolia North America, the blades removed during the repowering initiative will be processed and recycled for use as a raw material for cement. It is estimated that nearly 90% of the blade material, by weight, might be reused as a repurposed material for cement production.
Importantly, this is the third repowering project commissioned by RWE along with GE Renewable Energy. RWE Group owns, constructs, and operates some of the highest performing solar, wind and energy storage projects in the U.S. The company holds more than one third of its renewables capacity in the country. It also plays a key role in the RWE’s strategy to grow its renewables business and attain its carbon neutrality goal by 2040.