The number of megawatts generated by windmill installations worldwide is increasing fast. In Europe alone it amounts to 30 percent annually. This development will continue in the years to come as the leading nations have pledged by means of the Kyoto treaty to drastically reduce their CO2 emissions. In order to meet these commitments, wind power will play an ever-increasing part in the generation of energy. Wind power capacity in Europe will grow from 15,000 megawatt at this moment in time to 60,000 megawatt in 2010. Worldwide this will increase from 20,000 megawatt today to 110,000 megawatt in 2010.
Focus on low operational costs
More windmill capacity does not only mean more windmills but, above all, larger windmills. During the Nineties windmills measured a height of approximately 50 metres. These days we witness huge installations of 100 metres or more in height. This makes ever-greater demands upon transportation, as the turbines get heavier, the rotor blades longer and the tower components larger.
Nooteboom has been actively involved in the development of the transportation of windmills since 1990, when wind power really began to take off. Since then Nooteboom has introduced many innovative and cost-effective transport concepts for, amongst others, Vestas, Enerco and DegMicon. A good example is the insert adapter floor for low-loaders and modular trailers, which makes it possible to load and unload turbines without the use of a crane. An out-and-out Nooteboom invention, as are the tower section adapters for the transport of tower components. In response to the trend towards larger windmills, the triple and quadruple extendible Teletrailer and Multitrailer, the Tele-Multi and the modular Scheuerle-Nooteboom Wing Transporter have been added to the range.
At the last Matexpo, Nooteboom introduced their latest access platform semi low-loader. It concerns a multifunctional 3-axle hydraulically steered semi low-loader, complete with hydraulic height-adjustable load floor for loading onto the gooseneck.
One of the youngest players in the wind turbine transport sector is the German company A.M. Kran Wind GmbH from Schwedt/Oder-Heinersdorf. A.M. Kran Wind (in Poland operational since 1997) has been active in Germany for more than 2 years is owned by Maciej Gozdzik, who also owned the polish special transport company EUROKRAN-2 Sp. z.o.o. .
PEMA Truck & Trailer hire, who have their headoffice in Herzberg am Harz in Germany, recentlyadded severalNooteboom semi low-loaders to their hire fleet. This brings the total number of Nooteboom semi-trailers that have been delivered to PEMA over the last few years to more than 100.The vehicles supplied are mainly 3-axle and 4-axle extendible Teletrailers andsemi low-loaders, some of them with self-steering axles and some with hydraulic commandsteering.
ALE, one of the world’s largest heavy transportation and lifting companies, recently placed an order worth millions with Nooteboom Trailers for 16 vehicles for the transport of wind turbine parts. Almost all the (mostly 8-axle) extendible semi low-loaders and 4-axle Quatro extendible Telesteps have by now been delivered and put to work to carry out the very complex logistics of this operation.