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 coming BAUMA (Open Area stand N1018/2), Nooteboom will launch its latest innovation in high payload semi-lowloaders. Nooteboom will show an 8-axle MCO-PX semi low-loader combination on Pendle axles. This combination has a 2-axle line detachable Multidolly in front and a 6-axle line axle bogie at the rear. The load floor is double extendible up to a length of 30 metres.
Within 8 weeks a completely refurbished trailer for convenient monthly payments. Financial leasing for a complete refurbishment and upgrade is a trend in the trailer world. Nooteboom now has a partnership with a leasing company in Germany as well as in the Netherlands.
Especially for trailers equipped with a Groeneveld automatic lubrication system a superior lubricating grease has been developed for heavy transport. Nooteboom opts for Greenlube heavy duty.