GE to support EDF EN converters

GE has signed a Europe-wide deal with EDF Energies Nouvelles to support the converters used at the developer’s wind farms.

The framework agreement between GE’s Power Conversion Business and EDF EN includes remote and on-site support, spares, training and contract management.

It is designed to allow staff from EDF EN Services to acquire the skills needed to maintain converters with support where necessary from GE, a statement said.

John Chatwin, services commercial leader for GE’s Power Conversion business, said: “Wind turbine converters are complex pieces of technology that are critical to the efficient transmission of energy produced to the grid, and maintaining them has traditionally been very costly.

“Our aim is to provide customers with the tools and information they need to reduce their operation costs by empowering them to undertake fault remediation internally. In fact, we have found that nine out of 10 calls to our support hotline can be resolved on the phone, saving expensive on-site interventions.”