Wind turbines are big, heavy, and very challenging to move.
Typically, the quickest and most economical route is selected in traditional route planning. However, while transporting wind turbines, the ideal path is modified to account for obstacles, both physical and governmental. It seems unlikely that the size issue will go away. Since the 1980s and up to the present, wind turbines have expanded dramatically. The size that is anticipated to grow will ultimately result in more expensive transportation.
Currently, a range of modalities, including truck, rail, and ships, are used to carry wind components. For instance, the shipment of a 150 megawatt wind farm may take as ᴍᴀɴy as 650 truckloads, 140 railcars, and eight ships. As the cost of building wind turbines rises by 27% annually, wind energy companies need a more economical and efficient form of transportation.
With little to no infrastructure, Lockheed Martin’s hybrid airship can transport more than 40,000 pounds of supplies, troops, and equipment. It gives the potential to go 1,400 nautical miles without refueling while carrying turbine and installation and offloading equipment. The Hybrid Airship is equipped to handle and transport blades.
A two-part self-propelled system that is attached to the airship’s gondola is made to safely hold the blade during transportation, make loading and unloading easier, and offer support for simple on-land transportation. Additionally, the airship’s Uɴɪqᴜᴇ air cushion landing technology enables wind turbine firms to carry parts economically and securely to almost any location on the earth. The Hybrid Airship will transform heavy lift cargo operations by fusing its power with innovations that protect the environment and boost efficiency.
Transportation firms need a range of specialized trailering equipment, as well as sᴋɪʟʟed drivers and personnel, to transport very large and heavy goods over a variety of road conditions in order to fully service the needs of wind farms. It is necessary to use specialized trailers that can be lowered and expanded to handle long blades in order to move tower components and nacelles that are excessively tall. Trucks are still subject to regulations that set weight restrictions for each Uɴɪqᴜᴇ axle layout.
For making abrupt turns, especially through intersections, trailers with steer axles may be necessary. Despite the fact that longer trailers may be able to carry larger, longer loads, turning these extended trailers is more challenging due to their length. The road, wheels, suspensions, and tires are all more vulnerable to ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ when a quick turn is necessary.
Let’s see the Extremely ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs Process of Transporting and Installing Giant Wind Turbine Blade to High Mountain in the ᴀᴡᴇsome video below.
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