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Managing Director's thoughts on development

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We bought a generator today. It’s no big deal, just a regular generator. However it got me thinking of Wind Controller's development in the past couple of years. 

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Truely smart clothes are soon reality

Truely smart clothes are soon reality

Wind Controller is taking part in the development of smart clothing in the VTT’s Smart Clothing 2.0 project. The purpose of the project is to apply the current smart clothing technologies in wind industry.

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Wind Controller selected for monitoring of Ykspihlaja wind park

Wind Controller selected for monitoring of Ykspihlaja wind park

Wind Controller has been selected as a service partner for Ykspihlaja wind park in Kokkola. The agreement covers 24/7 monitoring, operation manager services and maintenance of the wind park substation. The wind park consists of 4 wind turbines with total capacity of 14,4 MW.

 

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New team member Heikki Eksymä

As our control room business is growing, we are strengthening our team. Electrical engineer Heikki Eksymä has joined our team 2nd of May 2017.

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Wind Controller starts GWO-trainings in Vantaa

Wind Controller starts GWO-trainings in Vantaa

Wind Controller has started cooperation with Janneniska and Bladefence to arrange certified GWO safety trainings in Vantaa. The training covers all the onshore modules: Working at Heights, First Aid, Fire Awareness and Manual handling courses.

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Wind Controller accompanies in the largest wind power project in Finland

Wind Controller accompanies in the largest wind power project in Finland

Wind Controller and EPV Tuulivoima have agreed upon the quality assurance service of the largest wind power project in Finland. According to the agreement Wind Controller's specialists carry out turbine blade and nacelle quality assurance inspections both at the factory and on the project sites.

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Midsummer Greetings from Managing Director

Midsummer Greetings from Managing Director

Summer holidays are soon here and within a couple of days Finland celebrates Midsummer Eve, the beginning of summer holiday season. Although it’s the summer holiday season our office is open and there’s always someone on duty, therefore don’t hesitate to contact us. The past six months have gone quickly, so let’s reverse a bit and have a look at the 2015 figures and great achievements.

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Wind Controller, the only training provider of full onshore GWO safety training package in Finland

Wind Controller, the only training provider of full onshore GWO safety training package in Finland

Wind Controller expands safety training portfolio: Full onshore GWO certified training packages and SFS6002 Electrical Safety Trainings now available for enrollment.

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Welcome Summer Interns!

Summer is here and so are the summer interns! Wind Controller strengthens organization with three summer interns. Two of them are assisting with administrative tasks and the third intern is working in our control room.

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Pekka Vähäoja receives MIBoC's Category III Vibration Analyst Certification

Pekka Vähäoja receives MIBoC's Category III Vibration Analyst Certification

Wind Controller’s Senior Technical Specialist, Ph.D. Pekka Vähäoja has received ISO 18436-2 accredited Vibration Analyst Certification (Category III) for industrial condition monitoring by Mobius Institute (MIBoC).

The special training for Industrial condition monitoring vibration analysts in Finland was organized by SKF on behalf of Australian Mobius Institute. Internationally recognized certification follows the requirements of ISO 18436-2 standard and the actual personal certification was granted by Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC).

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Kari Koivikko appointed Managing Director of Wind Controller

Kari Koivikko appointed Managing Director of Wind Controller

Kari Koivikko has been appointed Managing Director of Wind Controller as of January 11, 2016.

Kari Koivikko has been working for Wind Controller since October 2013 and he has been in charge of the daily operations since summer 2015.

Jari Valle, the founder and majority shareholder of Wind Controller, continues as the Chairman of the Board and focuses on the customer interface and public relations.

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Wind Controller signed a 5-year agreement with Pohjantuulen Voima Oy

Wind Controller and the new owner of the Riutunkari windfarm, Pohjantuulen Voima Oy, have signed a 5 year agreement for 3MW wind power stations.

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Wind Controller strengthens organization

Wind Controller strengthens organization

BBA Minna Pulla has joined the Wind Controller team

Minna has experience in Marketing & Communications and HR, and she will be in charge of developing the Wind Controller Marketing and HR activities.

We welcome Minna to our team.

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Wind Controller to improve safety in Nelja Energia wind turbines

Wind Controller Oy and the biggest wind investor in the Baltics, Nelja Energia AS, have agreed on a project to improve safety in Winwind manufactured wind turbines. Wind Controller will deliver software and hardware to 18 turbines in Estonia. The goal of the project is to add fire alarm system and camera surveillance in three of their wind parks. The fire alarm system will be delivered by a local company in Estonia.

"Safety is a very important thing for us and for everyone in the wind industry. We are happy to help Nelja Energia improve safety of their turbines. For us this is also our largest project so far and helps us to gain a better status in the Estonian market," states CEO Jari Valle.

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Wind Controller starts cooperation with TuuliSaimaa

Wind Controller and TuuliSaimaa have signed a maintenance agreement.

Under this agreement, Wind Controller will take care of maintenance of substation and power line in Vartinoja I wind park located in Siikajoki. Wind Controller also takes responsibility of supervising electrical works in the substation and power line. The wind park consists of nine Alstom ECO-122 turbines.

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Blade services to the next level

 

Wind Controller Oy widens our service portfolio related to blade quality assurance. Now we are able to offer blade inspections of erected turbines using imaging of the blades by a multicopter equipped with HD camera installation. Inspections are carried out in cooperation with FalCam Aerial Oy, who are experienced and skilled in the area. As an option to imaging by the multicopter we can offer traditional rope access inspections of the blades.

The blade inspections can be carried out with a short response time. Reports of the findings with possible recommendations for corrective actions are given by our expert (MSc. Ville Koskela) who has several years´ experience in blade engineering and inspections. If needed we can also organise and manage blade repair actions.

 

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Wind Controller provides endoscopy services together with Okulaari Oy

 

Because of customer interest Wind Controller offers independent visual endoscopy inspection services in cooperation with Okulaari Oy. We provide our knowledge of wind turbines to this cooperation and carry out the reporting to the customers. Okulaari Oy`s inspector takes care of visual inspection on-site. 

 

As Jari Valle, CEO of Wind Controller states: ”Our aim is always to answer our customers` requests.There has been vast customer interest in endoscopy inpections, so we decided to begin the cooperation with Okulaari Oy because we knew that their endoscopy equipment is of high class quality and personnel are skilled in visual inspections”.

 

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Wind Controller has started wind turbine on-line condition monitoring

Wind Controller widened our service portfolio by means of on-line condition monitoring of wind turbines. We can now offer both hardware and software for condition monitoring applications, as well as 24/7 condition monitoring surveillance and analysis service for our customers.Valmet Sensodec 6S condition monitoring system provides both protection and diagnostics tools for critical machinery, as well as condition monitoring and analyzing tools for predictive maintenance use. The solution secures plant availability, provides informations for maintenance planning and increases working environment safety, states Kimmo Mehtomaa, Director Services from Valmet Automation.

The first condition monitoring project has now been finished in which Wind Controller took care of both installation of the condition monitoring hardware in the turbines and commissioning of the condition monitoring systems. Valmet Automation was our condition monitoring system suppliersince we have good experiences of Valmet (previous Metso) condition monitoring systemhardware and software. This project also included condition monitoring service contract altogether for 13 Winwind WWD-3 wind turbines in Aulepa wind park in Estonia owned by Eesti Energia Oü.

Jari Valle, CEO of Wind Controller, sees this project as an important milestone in supporting our customers. "We can now provide wind turbine 24/7 surveillance and operation, condition monitoring and techinical support all from the same desk that is a significant benefit for our customers."

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Wind Controller strengthens organization

 

Engineer Tero Määttä has joined Wind Controller team. Tero has over eight years of experience on wind power and his wide knowledge of turbine and park controller software brings great value to our company and customers.

We welcome Tero to our team.

 

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Certified GWO-trainings available in Oulu

Wind Controller has started official GWO Basic Safety Trainings in Oulu. Inspecta Sertifiointi Oy has granted GWO certificate to Wind Controller Oy as proof that the management system complies with the requirements of the standard. Certification covers Training in Industrial Climbing module “Working At Heights”  

Wind Controller’s Account Manager Kari Koivikko comments “Again we are one step closer to our target. This training is important and cost effective to our customers and it is clear that there is strong demand in the market for the training.”

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Agreements signed with TuuliWatti and Porituuli

 

Wind Controller and TuuliWatti, the biggest wind energy producer in Finland, have signed a 3-year agreement for remote operation and maintenance of WWD-3 turbine located in Pori. The purpose of the agreement is to decrease maintenance costs of the turbine through systematic planning of service activities.

Wind Controller and Porituuli have signed a 3-year agreement for remote operation and maintenance of WWD-3 turbine located in Pori.

These two contracts enable Wind Controller to enhance service activities in Pori region and generate cost savings for our customers.

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Changes in ownership structure

 

Nelja Energia AS has become a shareholder of Wind Controller. Nelja Energia, the biggest wind energy producer and investor in the Baltic area, has acquired 10% of the company’s stocks. CEO Jari Valle is still the main owner of the company.

Jari Valle is pleased with the deal: “Having a big player like Nelja Energia as our shareholder certainly gives us credibility and helps us build growth for the company. We also hope that in the future this will open us new doors especially in the Baltic market.”

 

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Major service agreement signed with Nelja Energia AS

Wind Controller Oy and Nelja Energia AS have signed a 5-year service agreement for WWD-3 turbines. The scope of the agreement is “24/7 Operation” surveillance and remote control and also technical support for all nineteen Winwind manufactured turbines owned by Nelja Energia.

 

Offering services like monitoring, analysing and engineering during the operational period of wind turbines is an important part of Wind Controller’s business, and this agreement provides excellent opportunity for developing our organization and processes.

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Wind Controller strengthens organization

 

PhD Pekka Vähäoja has joined Wind Controller team. Pekka has several years’ experience on wind power and he has wide knowledge of e.g. condition monitoring systems and lubrication management.

We welcome Pekka to our team.

 

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Agreement signed with Kalix Vindkraft Ab

Wind Controller Oy and Kalix Vindkraft Ab have signed a multiannual agreement for surveillance and operation of 1MW turbines in Seskarö and Axelsvik. Six turbines owned by Kalix Vindkraft Ab and its subsidiary Bottenviken Vind Ab will be operated by Wind Controller until 2017.

Kalix Vindkraft Ab is a swedish company producing wind energy in Norrbotten region in northern Sweden. The company's largest owners are Luleå Energi Ab, Bjäre Kraft Ab and Billerud Ab.

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Agreement signed with Innopower

 

Wind Controller Oy has signed an agreement with Innopower Oy. The scope of the agreement is 24/7 surveillance and operation of wind turbines owned by Innopower Oy. Total capacity of the turbines is 45 MW.

Innopower Oy is one of the Finland's largest wind power companies focusing on the production and construction of wind power. Innopower produces electricity at cost for its owners in Finland. The company is owned by a group of Finnish energy and industrial companies.

 

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Cooperation agreement signed with the Switch

Wind Controller Oy has signed a cooperation agreement with a significant wind turbine component supplier The Switch. The purpose of the agreement is to build strong cooperation between the companies in the field of electrical and mechanical service, spare part sales and maintenance of The Switch products.

With 6.5 GW of installed wind power capacity, The Switch is a leading supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages that effectively capture power from highly variable new energy sources like wind and solar. The technology ensures reliable, future-proof grid compliance and maximized energy yields. The Switch employs a total of 210 persons and is headquartered in Vantaa, Finland.

Jari Valle, CEO of Wind Controller Oy, is excited about the agreement: “The Switch is an important player in the wind industry and we are pleased to have this agreement signed. We believe that this agreement will benefit both companies, but most importantly it will create value to our customers.”

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Service lift maintenance now from Wind Controller

Wind Controller welcomes a new member Tero Leinonen to the team. Tero's speciality is inspection and maintenance of wind turbine service lifts. We can now offer service lift inspections and installations as well as periodical and corrective maintenance to service lifts. For care free service lift operation choose Wind Controllers all inclusive service lift maintenance service.   

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Mechanical simulation now available from Wind Controller

We are proud to inform you that our service repertuare has increased and now covers also mechanics simulation. Wind Controller can now provide high quality wind turbine mechanics simulations and strength analyses for helping our customer to find reasonable and cost-effective investments and maintenance solutions. A contract has been made with Tapio Mäkelä, who has strong experience in wind turbine design and supporting maintenance and solid product knowledge. 

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Wind Controller increases service spectra

Thanks to fruitfull negotiations Wind Controller can now offer blade expertise and mechanical engineering services.

A contract has been made with Ville Koskela, a well-known wind turbine blade specialist. Blade life time strategy planning including condition monitoring, planning and sourcing of repairs and technical support has now been added to our services. This means we can also offer blade acceptance inspections and technical support at the factory and on site. 

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Wind Controller start negotiations with ABB Services

Wind Controller has started negotiations with ABB service. The aim of the cooperation is to better serve customers in the wind turbine field. 

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New employees at Wind Controller

Wind Controller is happy to welcome Ville Irvankoski, Matti Pitkänen and Kari Koivikko to the Wind Controller team.

Kari will handle sales and contracts. Ville's has S1 electrical qualifications and extensive experience of wind turbine electrification. Matti is an expert in turbine software and electrification. Together Ville and Matti will be taking care of smooth operation of turbines and on-site problem solving. 

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Services for the Energy Industry

We provide technical consulting services for the energy industry in Northern Europe. We provide monitoring and consulting services that ensures optimal and trouble free energy production for energy producers, wind park developers and turbine manufacturers.

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Wind Controller Certified Safety Courses

We offer GWO certified trainings in Finland in our indoor training facilities located in Oulu. The onshore GWO Basic Safety Training package including Working at Heights, First Aid, Fire awareness and Manual handling. We also provide SFS6002 electrical safety trainings specialized in working with wind turbines. In addition to our safety courses we provide statutory safety equipment inspections or complete package of periodical safety equipment maintenance.

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