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DEIF CONTROLS CHINA’S WIND TURBINES

DEIF, a global supplier of control systems for wind turbines, has a solid foothold in the Chinese market and expects further tailwind.

The Chinese wind market is speeding up. In 2015, the 30.5 GW erected by China represented almost half the wind energy erected in the world. The Danish company DEIF has a solid foothold in the Chinese market and expects further growth in the years to come.

Optimizing operations

DEIF develops, produces, sells and installs control systems for wind turbines and wind farms. The systems must ensure, among other things, that the individual wind turbines have the best possible production, and that the operation of the wind farms is optimized, e.g. by adjusting the amount of energy supplied to the grid through intelligent solutions. China has some of the largest wind farms in the world, and it takes intelligent and integrated solutions to control the very large effects.

The basic components are sourced from Denmark, while development and assembly take place in China. This is done in close collaboration with local manufacturers and operators that are among the largest in the world. Consequently, DEIF is able to deliver tailor-made solutions, matching the requirements of the Chinese companies.

“Our products are recognized in China, and we have succeeded in selling them to the local wind turbine manufacturers, who are dominating in the market, as well as to the wind farm operators. This is due to our tailor-made solutions to the individual customers and to the fact that we have adjusted to local market terms”

Christian Nielsen, director in DEIF Wind Power Technology

Participating in export

One of the latest tasks solved by DEIF in China is an upgrade of the control systems in 134 wind turbines in Xiangshui Wind Park, which is located in the Jiangsu province. Even though the turbines were only five years old, the control systems were worn out. The new control systems has prolonged the lifetime of the turbines and resulted in an annual increase in power production of up to four per cent.

The project was carried out in collaboration with the Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Donfang, which also used DEIF’s solutions for a large contract which the Chinese manufacturer had won in Sweden.

The Danish Climate Investment Fund contributes to the growth

In 2015, DEIF moved its wind activities to an independent Chinese company, in which the Danish Climate Investment Fund has purchased 40 per of the shares. The capital contribution will increase the company’s working capital, as this is a prerequisite for increasing turnover in a market with long credits.

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