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Summer Shows 2019

18th June, 2019

We’ll be hitting the show circuit again this summer, so make sure you join us for a brew or a beer  especially if you missed the out at the EMM open days in Feb & May. Catch up with the team at one of this seasons shows.

The launch of condition monitoring in February saw Earthmill Maintenance open its doors to host a series of open days at its Harrogate premises. The events were fully booked for every session and so the team then took to the road to host further sessions in Driffield, East Yorkshire and Corwen, North Wales in May.

If you couldn’t make it to one of the sessions, Earthmill Maintenance will once again be available this July at the Great Yorkshire Show, Driffield Show and the Royal Welsh Show. Make sure to pop by the EMM stand for a brew and a chat with the team.

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May turbine upgrade events in Yorkshire & Wales

27th March, 2019

 

Following the overwhelming success of our February open days at our office in Harrogate, Earthmill Maintenance will be taking to the road this May to give turbine owners a second chance to learn about the new condition monitoring system (CMS) for Endurance wind turbines.

The free events are open to all Endurance turbine owners and will take place at Driffield Rugby Club on May 8th and the Rhug Estate in North Wales on May 15th. Both sessions will begin at 12:30 and an additional morning session for X-Series owners has been added in Wales at 10:00am. 

Driffield Rugby Club, May 8th  @ 12:30pm
or 
Rhug Estate, Corwen, May 15th 

X-Series owners @ 10:00am
E-Series owners @ 12:30pm 

CMS is derived from technology used in large scale wind farms. It comprises of a number of sensors placed in the turbine nacelle that measure vibrations and alignment of moving parts to pre-empt issues so they can be addressed before serious mechanical failure, saving on costly repairs and loss of generation.

Insurers have seen a number of significant claims over the past few years for; blades, main shafts, gearboxes and bed plates, as a result most insurance companies are now excluding these key components from their policies. Whilst condition monitoring is not a replacement for insurance it does identify the issues mentioned at an early stage, which significantly reduces the risk of a major incident that would previously have been covered by insurers.

Managing Director, Steve Milner said “I personally feel that this solution is the single most important choice you can make to protect your turbine, which is why we are installing CMS on all of our own machines and taking to the road to talk about it to turbine owners in detail.”

There will be in depth discussions about common faults, insurance and upgrade & repair options for blades, shafts, brakes and bed plates for the E-Series turbine.

Turbine owners can book their place at the event by calling 01937 581011 or emailing info@earthmill.co.uk.

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Earthmill Maintenance to host February Open Days

24th January, 2019

Launch of Condition Monitoring (CMS) for Endurance Turbines as well as E and X Series upgrades

 

On February 12th & 13th Earthmill Maintenance will be opening its doors to all clients and turbine owners to demonstrate the benefits of condition monitoring, showcase the new E-Series upgrades and provide a tour of our new Harrogate premises.

Until now, monitoring systems for Endurance turbines have been effective in identifying problems once they occur but unable to pre-empt them. This February we will be launching a new condition monitoring system (CMS) at a series of open days held at our new Harrogate premises, and I wish to personally invite you to join us.

The new condition monitoring system operates as an add-on to the existing Windsync monitoring platform and is derived from technology used in large scale wind farms. It comprises of a number of sensors placed in the turbine nacelle that measure noise, vibrations and alignment of moving parts to pre-empt issues so they can be addressed before serious mechanical failure, saving on costly repairs and loss of generation.

Insurers have seen a number of significant claims for blades, shaft, gearbox and bedplates over the past two years, as a result most insurance companies are now excluding these key components from their policies. Whilst condition monitoring is not a replacement for insurance it does identify the issues mentioned at an early stage, which significantly reduces the risk of a major incidents that would previously have been covered by insurers. I personally feel that this solution is the single most important choice you can make to protect your turbine, which is why we will be installing CMS on all of our own machines.

In addition to the above there are a number of upgrades available including a new braking system, shaft and bedplate design for the E series turbines and Gearbox modifications for the X series. All of which will be on display at our office during the open days, which will be held on the 12th & 13th February with AM and PM sessions on both days.

We have a limited number of places available so call us as soon as possible to book your place on 01937 581011. To register your interest please contact us today and state your preferred date:

Call 01937 581011 or email info@earthmill.co.uk

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ARENA Capital brings new investment to Earthmill Maintenance

27th April, 2018

Turbine maintenance specialist Earthmill, which services more than 300 farm-scale turbines across the UK, has completed a deal with Arena Capital Partners that will see a seven-figure investment to grow the business over the coming years.

Arena Capital Partrners, which itself owns a fleet of 75 turbines, will become a majority shareholder in Earthmill following the investment. The firm is one of Europe’s leading specialist investors in wind energy ventures, with a portfolio of £40m invested in the sector.

Steve Milner, managing director of Earthmill, said: “It has been a challenging couple of years for the farm-scale wind industry with the Government prematurely ending the Feed-In Tariff, then manufacturers such as Endurance going out of business. We have had to completely restructure our business, and the work we do today goes way beyond standard maintenance.

“Since the launch of our maintenance business in 2016 we have worked really hard to grow our fleet and support our customers on farms across the UK who need spares, repairs and general servicing to keep their incomes ontrack.

“We had a fleet of less than 200 turbines under maintenance contract two years ago and we have grown that by 20%.  We now have over £1m in spares stock, with engineers based around the UK, and we saw an opportunity to grow this business further and consolidate our position as the leader in farm-scale turbine after care,” he added.

The investment will see a boost in working capital, as well as a 25% immediate increase in clients from Arena’s 75-strong fleet of working turbines. Earthmill expects to grow stock levels to include larger items such as blades, gearboxes and generators to ensure quicker repairs. New engineers will join the team to broaden geographic coverage and reduce call out times for emergency repairs, decreasing down time and lost revenues when customers’ turbines lose power.

Commenting on the investment, Ian Greer CEO of Arena Capital Partners said: “The last few years have seen a great deal of consolidation as the wind energy market has stabilised. As the operator of a substantial fleet of turbines ourselves, we wanted to get smarter about how we maintained these investments.

“Earthmill has risen through the marketplace to stand out as an obvious partner for our fleet, but also as an investment opportunity that makes perfect sense,” he said.

“The new resources and increased capital, as well as the additional fleet will allow us to offer really good coverage in just about every UK location, and we look forward to bringing more customers on board as we increase our coverage across the UK,” added Mr Greer.

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Earthmill to support farm turbine owners following manufacturer collapse.

24th February, 2017

Steve Milner, managing director of Earthmill, said: “While the collapse of Endurance, in Canada and then here in the UK, has been a huge shock to everyone involved, by working together and taking swift collaborative action, the four service providers have been able to achieve the best possible outcome for turbine owners read more.

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Latest Endurance News

2nd February, 2017

A copy of the correspondence to customers sent out by Earthmill’s Managing Director Steve Milner, providing an update regarding Endurance Wind Power.


 

Hi All,

 

I’m conscious that I haven’t sent an update out since December on Endurances insolvency and the various challenges this created.

 

Parts availability: 

In my view this was the single most important issue, for example: The E series consist of 7600 separate parts 80 of which are bespoke, ongoing access is critical for the machines maintenance scheduled or otherwise. Earthmill have been working with the 3 other authorised service providers (Aeolus, Natural generation and Silverford), pooling our resources to set up a part supply operation which we completed early January. This will give us a central UK facility that can access and source all the known parts for the E series and X series turbines. Our aim is to have the top 100 items in stock and on hand for our combined fleet of 700 turbines 

 

Endurance sale:

Grant Thornton were appointed as the Administrator for both the UK and Canadian business. They initially failed to find a buyer for the whole business as a going concern and have since broken the business up in to various parts to sell off.

A key part of the sale was the existing turbine parts inventory, within the UK operation there was over £600k of turbine parts which I’m very pleased to confirm we have successfully bid for. We are currently in the process of checking the inventory at the factory and transferring across to the new parts operation. This gives us a great starting inventory for the parts operation.

 

Service and maintenance charges:

Our standard service and maintenance contract covers the costs of all scheduled servicing (excluding consumables and parts), however if you do require engineers on site outside of normal servicing, visits are chargeable. Fees are based on two climbing engineers on site, Initial call out charge and first hour on site:  £180, thereafter hourly rate of £110 Ex Vat. Our typical call out ratio is 1 site visit per turbine per year. That said 9 out of 10 issues can be resolved remotely via the office team, if however we do need to attend site we will always aim to discuss any charges with you in advance.

 

Insurance:

Certain insurers have been requesting that clients have an O&M contract in place with ourselves or one of the other ASP’s mentioned above before they will renew a policy, we have been in touch with all clients who needed a new contract if we haven’t spoken to you then please don’t be concerned as this just means you’re existing service agreement is sufficient.

 

Earthmill:

The new government was fairly quick to cut back on renewable support, which effectively stopped the on shore wind industry in its tracks. As result we have spent the last 18 months restructuring the business around the service and maintenance of existing clients.  We currently maintain over 250 Endurance turbines and have expanded our service team/office support to ensure that we are able to offer the support levels required.

 

If you do require any further information on your existing service contract or any other related issues please feel free to call the operations team on 01937 581011 or send us and email.

Regards

Steve Milner

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Latest news regarding Endurance Wind Power

8th November, 2016

 


Farmers Guardian Insight: Wind Turbine owners offered support after collapse of manufacturer Endurance. The five Endurance Authorised Service Providers (ASPs), which are all independently owned businesses based in the UK, have agreed to provide continuing support to all the firm’s UK customers, and to ensure stocks of spares and parts will remain readily available read more.

Vancouver Sun: A bankruptcy notice on the front door of Endurance Wind Power in the Campbell Heights industrial area on 24th Ave. near 192 St. confirms that the company’s operations are now being overseen by trustee Grant Thornton Ltd read more.

Farmers Weekly: Farmers and landowners with turbines built by Endurance have been assured they will get continued technical support after the Canadian manufacturer was declared bankrupt last week. It is understood that manufacturer warranties on turbines bought through the Canadian parent firm (namely E-Series turbines) and no longer valid, while the future for X-Series warranties depends on the fate of the UK arm of Endurance read more.