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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.