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Ensuring the Safety for an Offshore Wind Farm

N.Prior Energy required reliable safety and function testing for all lifting and hoist equipment used on the 12 wind turbines of the alpha ventus wind farm. That’s why they turned to TÜV Rheinland.

Basic Facts
Client: N.Prior Energy
Timeframe:Autumn 2010
Project Location: North Sea, German Exclusive Economic Zone
Main services:Safety and function testing of lifting equipment, cranes, hoists and elevators
Involved regulations/standards:DIN-EN-ISO various

Initial situation and requirements

N.Prior Energy develops innovative systems and plants for the production of regenerative and alternative energies. With their wind energy expertise, the company was commissioned to plan and build the offshore alpha ventus wind farm in Germany. N.Prior Energy required expert testing for the lifting equipment, cranes, hoists and elevators used on the plant’s 12 wind turbines during the commissioning phase of the project.

Solutions, results

As a world-leading provider of independent testing for the energy industry, with extensive experience in the wind energy sector, TÜV Rheinland was the preferred choice for N.Prior Energy.

To help to ensure that the commissioning of the wind turbines ran as smoothly as possible, we provided safety and function testing for all lifting equipment, cranes, hoists and elevators used at alpha ventus. Our well-organized testing procedures and ability to cooperate effectively with all parties enabled us to perform tests efficiently, without delays. As a result, N.Prior Energy was able to keep the commissioning phase firmly on schedule.

About TÜV Rheinland

Founded 140 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life.

We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world. Since 2006, we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

In the wind energy sector, we provide a comprehensive service portfolio, covering every aspect of wind energy projects - from site selection, design and manufacturing support to dismantling plants.

Benefits for the client

TÜV Rheinland provided N.Prior Energy with:

•Support from a reliable partner with a high level of expert wind energy knowledge and experience.

•Qualified staff equipped with special offshore safety training - L0 licenses, assuring the highest levels of safety when carrying out work in dangerous and challenging environmental conditions.

•Testing of lifting equipment, cranes, hoists and elevators in full compliance with all relevant regulations and standards.

•Extensive expertise of component performance and limits.

Did you know?

Alpha ventus is Germany‘s first offshore wind farm.