27 Feb '12, 3pm

Offshore Wind Turbines Transporters Rise to the Challenge via @reworld

Offshore Wind Turbines Transporters Rise to the Challenge via @reworld

With their huge size, the latest generation of 6- to 7-MW turbines only increases the challenge. To address this, manufacturers and developers are evolving tested technologies and innovating with new machinery, techniques and processes. Turbines can travel in sections — blades, hub, nacelle, tower and generator — so keeping the weight of each load to a minimum. Blades are the most problematic component, and transportation is a fundamental part of their design. This means building in lifting and clamping points that will withstand the movement from horizontal to vertical or the loadings incurred when a ship is at maximum tilt in a storm. Racks and carriers specific to each blade model must handle these forces without damaging the blade. In road transport, manufacturers have long worked closely with specialist manufacturers to make sure that there will be trailers available ...

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