Norvento, an independent medium-scale wind manufacturer has announced 3 new appointments to its commercial and operations team and the completion of its purpose-fitted facility in Gordano, Royal Portbury Dock, Bristol.
As Norvento’s portfolio of approved sites and pipeline of new installations grows for its pioneering 100kW turbine – nED100 – the firm’s operational expansion is a sign of a long-term commitment to bring innovation to a sector traditionally reliant on outdated technology, yet worth over £100m to the UK rural economy.
By enlarging its UK workforce, the firm has also contributed to local employment opportunities in the field of renewable energy. In total, three new appointments have been made across Norvento’s London and Bristol premises.
The recently opened 4000m2 Bristol site will constitute the main warehouse and distribution hub for the UK market and will be of key strategic importance as Norvento’s project pipeline in Wales and the West Country expands, in particular.
Ivo Arnus, Director of Business Development said:
“The Avonmouth area is becoming something of a renewable energy hub, with a number of wind turbine developments recently commissioned that build on the existing ones and some firms in the sector basing their operations in and around the city.
“Logistically it’s extremely well connected with both London and the North, and in close proximity to Wales, which is becoming a key target market for us.”
“Norvento is a highly research-orientated firm, and both our recruitment policy and choice of location for our UK operations have been influenced by this. Bristol’s strong universities were certainly a draw for us.”
nED100 is a turbine designed with the UK distributed wind market in mind. Incorporating some of the technological innovations of utility-scale turbines such as direct drive, a permanent magnet generator, integrated, fully-electrical pitch control and variable speed controls to help regulate output, and a thorough remote monitoring and control system, it aims to bring great reliability to the farm-scale and small-scale industrial markets.
Furthermore, as grid constraints and planning obstacles threaten to undermine the ambitions of would-be independent power producers across the UK, a grid-friendly design and unique low noise mode help to minimise the impact of the turbine on local transmission infrastructure and communities.
“A history of inefficiency and a reliance on outdated technology in the UK medium wind sector has not allowed farmers and local communities to maximise their income and returns on investment.”
“With nED100, Norvento is seeking not only to address these challenges but also to raise the standard. The technological innovation of the turbine is supported by unmatched warranties, such as power curve, noise and eventual availability guarantees. Norvento also offers innovative financing packages that make the purchase of new units easier and more profitable.”
The pipeline of Norvento projects completed and under development in the UK continues to grow, with over 5 MW at various stages of development and a further 4MW in screening.