Power and renewables

DNV GL to provide monitoring and reporting for Banks Renewables across eight UK wind farms

DNV GL to provide monitoring

DNV GL’s independent wind farm monitoring and reporting services, including WindGEMINI and the Operations control room will be rolled-out across eight wind farm sites to provide Banks Renewables with a 24/7 view of its operations.

GLASGOW, UK – 30th September 2019 – DNV GL has been awarded a contract by Banks Renewables to provide monitoring and reporting services for eight of its UK onshore wind farms, totalling approximately 85MW of installed capacity. 

DNV GL will conduct regular reviews of the performance of the wind farms and provide access to its online digital twin, WindGEMINI, to give Banks Renewables data-driven insights to reduce costs, extend life and maximise operating performance and energy output. DNV GL's dedicated renewables control centre provides 24/7 health & safety support, real-time access control of personnel, network operator response and performance monitoring.

This new contract builds on an existing three-year partnership between DNV GL and Banks Renewables and brings together DNV GL’s monitoring and analysis capabilities across the eight Banks Renewables wind farms to demonstrate the value obtained through long-term data driven wind operation decisions. DNV GL’s Renewable Energy Analytics team have unparalleled experience in operational analysis, having assessed more than 100GW  of operational plant worldwide, and more than 40% of installed wind plant with more than 1 year of operation in the UK and Ireland.

DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook report forecasts that wind will grow rapidly with a 15-fold escalation in wind-powered generation from 1.1 PWh in 2018 to 17 PWh in 2050, providing a 30% share of the global electricity mix by mid-century. To make this happen, the pace of development needs to continue to be ambitious. But there will be an ever-increasing focus on energy production from existing projects and optimising operating wind farms using accurate data-driven techniques.

“Each month DNV GL’s team of experienced analysts review the performance of each wind farm and provide actionable, independent insights. Benchmarking and SCADA condition monitoring provided by DNV GL help us to make proactive risk management decisions which in turn improve performance and reduce costs,” said Dan Thomas, grid & operations manager, Banks Renewables.

“In a competitive energy landscape, wind energy projects are under constant pressure to reduce costs and increase revenue. Proactively managing turbine performance and reducing downtime, whilst simultaneously decreasing maintenance costs and optimising the life of assets is key to wind farm owners seeking to maximise asset value. We are extremely pleased with Banks Renewables’ decision to partner with DNV GL in demonstrating their commitment to helping the UK meet its ambitious renewable energy targets,” commented Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President for DNV GL’s Energy business in Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa.

About DNV GL

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy management. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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Notes to Editors
  • Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group (www.banksgroup.co.uk), a family firm founded in 1976, based in Durham and Hamilton, which now employs 300 people in the renewable energy, property and surface mining sectors
  • Banks Renewables is a member of the trade bodies RenewableUK (www.renewableuk.com) and Scottish Renewables (www.scottishrenewables.com)
  • Banks Renewables is also a member of British Wind – the partnership of independent energy generators and suppliers
  • Banks Renewables’ experienced development team works with landowners and takes projects from inception to completion, handling all aspects of the planning and delivery process. Development with care is at the heart of everything we do and therefore we develop all our sites in close consultation with the local community
  • Banks Renewables currently operates ten onshore wind farms: i) Armistead; ii) Hazlehead; iii) Heysham South; iv) Hook Moor; v) Kype Muir; vi) Lambs Hill; vii) Marr; viii) Middle Muir; ix) Moor House and x) Penny Hill 
  • When all of these ten wind farms are operational they will provide over 222MW of renewable electricity generating capacity across Scotland and the north of England
  • The 14 wind farms that Banks Renewables have gained planning permission for, so far, are: i) Armistead; ii) Hazlehead; iii) Heysham South; iv) Hook Moor; v) Kype Muir; vi) Kype Muir Extension; vii) Lambs Hill; viii) Lethans; ix) Marr; x) Middle Muir; xi) Moor House; xii) Penny Hill; xiii) Quixwood Moor and xiv) West Durham. We sold Quixwood Moor and West Durham to other operators.  For more information about each of these projects please see the Banks Renewables projects page: https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/projects/list/ 
  • Connect2Renewables is an initiative between the local communities, Banks Renewables and local authorities which seeks to maximise the social and economic benefit of the development to the local area. For more information about Connect2Rewables including a downloadable copy of the Charter and videos shot at the launch in November 2014 please go to: http://www.banksgroup.co.uk/banks-group/banks-renewables/connect2renewables/