Mega Windmill Transporter
The latest development is the MEGA Windmill Transporter for the transport of tower sections as well as turbines. This adds new dimensions to windmill transportation. Not only with regard to size, load capacity and manoeuvrability, but the reduction of operational costs in particular. Significant savings can be made, as it is now possible to load/unload without the use of a crane.
As a matter of fact, the main objective of all Nooteboom transport concepts is to minimize your operational costs and maximize your transport flexibility.
The MEGA Windmill Transporter is a unique and universal concept for the transport of tower sections and nacelles of windmill installations of up to around 3 Megawatt. This adds new dimensions to windmill transportation. Not only with regard to size, load capacity and manoeuvrability, but especially because operating costs will be reduced. Not only by saving considerably on crane costs, but the purchase price is also much lower than that of alternative transport solutions. The Mega Windmill Transporter is now employed worldwide and regarded as the ultimate logistic concept for tower sections and nacelles.
The Nooteboom MEGA Windmill Transporter consists of 2 hydraulically extendible lift-adapters that can be universally employed on various vehicle types. At the front of the transport combination a liftadapter is usually mounted on a 3-axle or 4-axle Jeepdolly. The rear of the combination typically consists of the 7-axle NLD hydraulically steered self-tracking Dolly or a Nooteboom-Scheuerle Modular trailer.
During transport the tower section or nacelle is clamped between the lift-adapters.
Hydraulically adjustable liftadapters
The liftadapters are hydraulically adjustable in length, which means they can be employed universally anywhere in the world on various vehicle types. With these liftadapters, tower sections and turbines can be loaded and unloaded without a crane. The unique design and construction of the liftadapter ensure that it has an extremely low dead weight of just 7 tonnes. Lifting capacity of the liftadapters is 50 tonnes each (100 tonnes in total) so that heavy nacelles and tower sections can be transported with ease. The clamp connections of the lift-adapters are hydraulically infinitely adjustable to fit the diameter of the tower section or nacelle. Coupling the load is extremely straightforward because the liftadapters can be moved in any direction by remote control. The same goes for short-coupling the self-steering dolly to the Jeepdolly for the return trip.
The Nooteboom MEGA Windmill Transporter has a dead weight that is low compared to alternative transport solutions. This is achieved by using simple and light vehicles together with the lightweight liftadapters. The end result is an extremely high payload with a combination length that is kept to a minimum. Of course the payload depends on the transport combination chosen and country of operation.
The MEGA Windmill Transporter has outstanding manoeuvrability, owing to the fact that the path covered is solely determined by the size of the load and not by the steering behaviour of the vehicles. The liftadapter at the front of the combination is connected to the Jeepdolly by means of a turntable. At the rear it is connected by means of a turntable to the self-steering Dolly or modular trailer. It is possible to rotate the load in relation to the semi-trailers up to an 80-degree angle so that extremely sharp bends of up to 80 degrees can be negotiated with ease. Using the liftadapters, the load can be raised approximately 1.5 metres above the ground surface so that it can easily be manoeuvred over a crash barrier, ditch or raised centre of a roundabout. As a result the most efficient transport routes can be chosen, also because the MEGA Windmill Transporter makes optimal use of the maximum height clearance. This saves the transport operator an enormous amount of travel and waiting time and will contribute towards further reductions in operating costs.
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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.