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Giant offshore wind turbines are installed using crane systems.


Apr 2, 2024

The Norwegian company has developed an innovative system that includes an aluminum frame, crane, and other tools that can reduce the cost of installing offshore wind turbines by 50%. Offshore wind power installations are expensive due to the need for massive crane ships to install turbines. Windspider, a Norwegian company, has developed an ultra-light crane system that promises to cut costs in half.

The new generation of offshore wind turbines is growing in size, with giant pillars and generator boxes with longer blades than ever before. Lifting these components to the top of the turbine poses significant challenges, especially from a crane ship on the water. WindSpider’s solution involves an aluminum frame around the pillar, with a heavy-duty crane that can handle loads over 1,500 tons. This system is designed to reduce installation and maintenance costs by more than 50%.

WindSpider’s system also includes additional tools like a “blade tool” to help with lifting turbine blades and a tool for removing and replacing parts of the generator box during maintenance. The company believes that their system can operate at altitudes of over 200m and can be used for both fixed and floating offshore turbines.

In addition to their innovative system, WindSpider has received significant funding to further develop and manufacture their technology. They aim to revolutionize the installation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines, making them more cost-effective and efficient in the long run.

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