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.
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. .
Bolk Transport b.v. from Almelo has this year invested in no less than 35 Nooteboom pendle axle lines to provide them with transport solutions for carrying loads such as the components for wind turbines, industrial goods and earthmoving machinery. As well as various low-loaders with pendle axles and Interdolly plus a trio of Super Wing Carriers for transporting 70-metre-long rotor blades, the delivery includes two MULTI-PX modular semi low-loaders with Multidolly.
Ulferts & Wittrock, with their head office in Oldenburg (D), is a leading company supplying cranes and abnormal road transport. Recently they have added several 6-axle Nooteboom extendible semi low-loaders to their fleet, as well as the latest generation Nooteboom 8-line MCO-PX semi low-loader with detachable Multidolly.
The PXE low-loader with 9 axle lines, configured with an ICP Interdolly with 3-axle lines and Pendel-X low-loader with 6-axle lines, is the latest showpiece in the Nooteboom low-loader programme. The first combination was recently delivered to the Danish company Bomholt and offers a gross combination weight of around 155 tonnes (at 80km/h) on the European roads. By now several of these new combinations have been sold and will soon be ready to be delivered.