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.
The new semi low-loaders, based on the MANOOVR technology, are at the time of the launch available with 3 to 10 axles. The newly developed suspension offers a permissible axle load of 12 tonnes throughout Europe – including the Netherlands.
Boer B.V. from Meerkerk recently put into service their first Volvo FM 5-axle heavy transport tractor with 540 hp and GCW of 150 tonnes. The tractor has air suspension all around and is equipped with a 9-tonne lift axle with air suspension so that the combination is extremely manoeuvrable.
This week Nooteboom Trailers has launched an app for the smartphone. In this app you will find the latest news about Nooteboom, a comprehensive news archive and an overview of all the new and used trailers that are in stock.
LASO Transportes SA from Malveira in Portugal has strengthened their fleet for the transport of windmills with no less than 6 Super Wing Carriers for the transport of ultra-long rotor blades, as well as a significant number of extendible 4-axle semi low-loaders. All the SWC Super Wing Carriers have been delivered and are in full swing.
Nooteboom Trailers sets a new standard with the ballast trailer OVB-95-07 for the transport of crane ballast. The trailer has been improved to meet the requirements as laid down in German legislation.
The latest generation MCOS semi low-loaders with hydraulic steering are the optimal transport solution for the transport of medium-weight machinery (up to 47 tonnes) that is fast, cost-effective and safe.