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Rise of renewable energy drives demand for specialised warehouse logistics solutions

The accelerated growth of renewable energy projects, particularly solar and wind farms, is driving demand for warehousing solutions and posing several challenges that must be addressed to meet the market's growth expectations. This is one of the key conclusions of the Guide on storage logistics for renewable energy projects, produced by Rhenus Warehousing Solutions, which examines the key role of logistics, and storage in particular, in ensuring the success and viability of these projects.

Europe, and Spain in particular, has stepped up its efforts to build new renewable energy projects in recent years. The aim is to transition to a society moving away from fossil fuels. As a result of this increase in installed capacity, even greater efforts are being made to develop logistics and storage capacity for these components, according to an analysis by Rhenus Warehousing Solutions, a specialist in designing customised warehousing logistics solutions for the renewable energy sector.

From storing a growing volume of large materials to dealing with issues such as product shortages, limited inventory, and challenges in transporting equipment, the sector is extremely complex and has very specific operations. In this context, the study points out that agile and flexible logistics, supported by specialised infrastructure and skilled personnel, are essential to guarantee the integrity of the goods, avoid potential supply chain disruptions, reduce risks, save costs and ensure optimal operations.

"Careful planning is essential to ensure the availability and security of goods that require special handling, and to avoid mistakes that could disrupt the project's progress. It is therefore advisable to thoroughly examine the specific requirements of each facility at the start of any collaboration to develop a tailor-made strategy that considers its complexities," advises Eduardo Aguilar, Managing Director of Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Spain.

Key factors for the storage of renewable energy projects

The guide, produced by the logistics provider using data and statistics from several national and international organisations, highlights the key issues to consider when storing components for renewable energy projects. These include the need for comprehensive forward planning to avoid delays in the supply chain, the adaptability and versatility of operations to meet changes in delivery schedules or specific project requirements and ensuring the integrity and safety of components while maintaining appropriate temperature and humidity levels. It is also essential to incorporate the latest technologies and automated systems to increase operational efficiency and minimise errors. In addition, it is vital to adopt sustainable practices that are in line with the ethos of renewable energy projects.