Developments by Virogen Ltd.
New & Reconditioned Wind Turbines For Sale
- New Vestas RRB V27 & V29 on 30/40m tower
(4 months delivery)
- 1 x Second hand V19 (90kw) on 24m tower in excellent condition
- 2 x Refurbished V27/225kw on 30m
- 1 x Refurbished V29/225kw on 30m tower
- 1 x Refurbished V39/250kw
- 1 x Refurbished V44/250kw
In October 2013 Virogen installed a Vestas RRB V29 225kw Wind Turbine at Scott Engineering.
This is how the story was covered in Farm Week...
Wind Power Boosts Manufacturing Business
A well-known family firm Brian Scott Engineering Ltd based in Garvagh who specialises in the manufacture of high quality excavator buckets and attachments found it tough in the recession years.
Brian Scott who founded the firm 35 years ago recalls leaving TBF Thompson and starting up in a small shed close to his home in Moneydig. Brian remembers taking on anything in regards to welding and repairing, but soon found there was an opening for a specialist manufacturer of new and replacement excavator buckets and fittings across the huge range of excavators.
From that point on the business grew and soon after I moved to the current premises where my son Nigel joined the firm. Brian and Nigel explain how the company was well supported by the home market which allowed them to progressively expand the business to where they employed 30 staff in 2007.
Nigel Scott starkly recalls from June 2007 the phone simply stopped ringing as the recession hit home and the local market for excavator buckets all but collapsed. The situation was simple, find an export market and reduce manufacturing costs or shut down the business. Nigel began to research how to break into overseas markets and investigate ways to reduce manufacturing costs.
With the help of his local contacts in the excavator business and with the aid of a new web site started slowly but surely to export Scott Engineering products around the world to countries as far away as Australia, USA, Norway and mainland Europe.
“Our first overseas order came from Norway thanks to our website, which has proved the major route to new and continuing business. That first Norwegian customer five years later is still a good customer to us, along with our initial Australian client. Both are based in countries with strong currencies.
“We do not need to advertise as the whole construction world has free 24/7 access to our workmanlike website www.brianscottengineering.co.uk nor has there been any need to depend on government funding to create or maintain jobs.
“Making the right product and gaining a reputation for quality and prompt service, plus an easily browsed website ensured emails kept coming in from beyond these shores throughout the recession.
Nigel recognised that electricity was one of the biggest costs in their manufacturing process and with a reasonable wind speed on the factory site he investigated the possibility of installing a wind turbine. After much research Nigel decided to install a new Vestas RRB 225kw wind turbine supplied by local company Virogen Renewable Energy Systems Ltd based in Magherafelt www.virogen.co.uk. (RRB Energy Authorised dealer for Ireland)
Nigel felt that the Vestas RRB was the best wind turbine in the 250kw class having a high residual value and quality components such as Vestas designed blades, Siemens generator, German manufactured Jake Kestermann gearbox, Bonfigeroli yaw gear and with Virogen who has almost 10 years’ experience locally in the supply, installation and maintenance of Vestas wind turbines in the local area was the best option for his business.
Virogen sales director Trevor Linton explains. “As the appointed distributors in Ireland for the Vestas RRB wind turbines we are delighted to announce this first new installation. The Vestas RRB 225kw is very robust and has a well proven track record. The main advantage of the Vestas RRB 225kw wind turbine is the variable pitch system controlling the 3 blades which optimises the best performance from the rotor blades. The pitch control system adjusts the blade pitch angle to start the blade rotating at low wind speeds, optimises the blade pitch angle during variable wind speeds to maximise production. The pitch system is also used to limit the over production and reduces stress on the gearbox, also in the event of power failure the blades are automatically pitched 90 degrees out of the wind which eliminates stress on blades, gearbox and tower. The new RRB 225kw wind turbine is fitted with the latest Vestas controller which operates much faster than its predecessor allowing better control of all the wind turbine functions and has more tolerance to a weaker grid. Another advantage of the new controller it can better recognise a power failure and when the grid stabilises again after a power failure the wind turbine will start automatically without an engineer or remote reset”.
With the new wind turbine now installed over two months it has proved to be a vital asset to the business with import electricity now reduced by 35% and a new income stream from sale of surplus energy and ROCs will help support the business over the next 20 years.
Nigel is confident for the future of the business but believes they have been very lucky to hold on to their existing staff, find new markets and reduce manufacturing costs. Only a very efficient business will survive in the competitive world market Nigel added.
As Brian looks across the yard and to see another container load of Scott excavator buckets heading for Australia it reminds him of how far they have come with over 50% of their products now being exported worldwide.
For further details on the Vestas RRB wind turbines contact Trevor on (028) 7924 0001, firstname.lastname@example.org or browse www.virogen.co.uk