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Clean Blades... Cleanwind Ltd

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Nsure Renewables client, Cleanwind Ltd, formed in 2009 to meet the demand for experienced technicians in the wind industry, has experienced significant growth.

Amongst many other services, Cleanwind currently provide blade cleaning teams throughout the UK and Southern Ireland to tackle the on-going issue of dirty blades, nacelle's and tower sections. Their cleaning practices ensure that all damage concealed behind years of operational dirt, grease and algae growth is disclosed and reported back to clients.
"We work hard to ensure we use cleaning agents which best suit the environment, using the most environmentally friendly products available. We also work closely with our suppliers, who provide us with specifically designed washing units to meet our operational needs" explains co-owner, Paul Quinn.

Their key personnel have worked in the wind turbine industry for many years, building on experience gained in the construction, and operation and maintenance of wind farms. Starting in construction in the late 1990's the company's owners spent several years constructing new wind farms and carrying out retrofit tasks to turbines around the world. They then moved into the operation and maintenance of turbines, where over the next eight years they gained a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of wind farm maintenance - from road repair and general management duties, to turbine inspection, servicing and main component retrofit and replacement.

Other knowledge gained includes the HV network throughout wind farms. Duties include the isolation of the onsite HV network permitting essential works to be completed on turbines in a safe and controlled manner.

Cleanwind Ltd. is dedicated to providing its' customers with an excellent service that will increase the productivity and profitability of their turbines, in a diligent and professional manner with the least environmental impact as possible. With the help of a H&S Consultant, they have developed a health and safety management system based on the HSE's HSG65, enabling the company to integrate health and safety into all that they do.

The company's procedures are in accordance with RUK's Wind Turbine Safety Rules (WTSR) across several locations in the UK, and on several turbine types and models.

Some of the turbines they currently work on, or have experience with, are WD34, Vestas 39, 42, 52, 66, 80, Gamesa G52 and G80, Bonus / Siemens 150kw, 300kw, 450kw, 600kw, Nordtank 500kw, Nordex N90.

Key personnel have also worked with main blade manufactures in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Denmark where they carried out initial and refresher blade repair training, including experience in polyester and epoxy repairs on stall regulated and variable pitched blades, including blade tip removal, operational fault finding, blade tip cable replacement, and tip closure timing adjustments.

The company has carried out numerous end of warranty and walk down / pre-handover inspections on turbines, such as WD34, Vestas 47, 52, 80, Acciona, G.E 1.5 turbines in the UK, ROI, America and Canada. All inspection findings are collected, and evidenced, in written, photographic or video format, and detailed in client specific reports.

The company is currently in the process of building its main storage and offices at its' Campbeltown base, with additional storage and office facilities in Cockermouth, Cumbria and Hamilton near Glasgow.

Nsure Renewables cater for the insurance needs of specialist contractors to the renewable energy sector, including all liability classes, property and contract works.

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