Special Ship Designed For Installing An Offshore Wind Turbine Set.
Offshore wind turbine technology keeps getting taller and more powerful. The largest being installed so far has a capacity of 8Mw per turbine! I am sure you are wondering how in the world do you transports and install these monsters right?
The ship that does all the heavy lifting for this technology is of the Neptune class design which is what is known as a “Jack-up” vessel. In this video, the Jack-Up vessel highlighted is call “Blue Amber”. The vessel is specifically designed for the efficient and safe installation of these future generation wind turbines.
The vessel’s efficient energy management system in combination with the clean design notation promises an environmental friendly and sustainable ownership. The 4 leg vessel is able to transport 6 turbine sets, consisting of tower, nacelle and blades.
The Vessel Designed To Tranport & Install An Offshore Wind Turbine Set.
The Installation of one turbine set on a jacket structure will require maximum 5 heavy lifts each. The main crane complete with trolley and tugger arrangement on the boom is operated by frequency controlled machinery remotely below deck. The builder claims that Comfort class accommodation is provided for 120 persons.
Be generous with you comments about this technolgy. It would be a cool job though right?
I wonder what will happen when someone designs a 10 Mwatt offshore wind turbine set?
Gordon’s expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.