Winds of change

In the Netherlands, the government is pushing hard to increase usage of renewable sources of energy. By 2023, the target is for eight million households to get their energy from wind power instead of non-renewable sources. To accomplish that, a large number of wind turbines need to be installed at a fast pace.

However, there is a common problem during installation. Before the wind turbines are put into operation
they are cold. This can easily lead to condensation, which in turn can cause severe damage to the  electronic components, which are very sensitive to oxidation. Once the turbines are up and running, the problem solves itself because the turbines generate heat. But how can damage to critical components be
avoided during the installation period?

The Dutch Polygon organisation saw a challenge, and an interesting business opportunity. The wind power industry provided a perfect case for the company’s Temporary Climate Solutions specialists to demonstrate their skills. They contacted one of the larger wind turbine companies and proposed a test. A specific wind turbine was chosen as a pilot case. Two dehumidifiers were installed close to the engines. It didn’t take long to determine that the results were outstanding. So, it was soon decided to put the concept into operation in a larger number of wind turbines in the project.

And this is just the start. For Polygon Netherlands this has created an opportunity to work more closely
with an important industry. It is also completely in line with Polygon’s vision to contribute to a better environment.