April 16 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Max Boegl Group has kicked off production of hybrid wind turbine towers in a mobile factory in Thailand, which it says is the first one globally.
There are 200 people employed at the site in Huai Bong, where 90 concrete towers for the Korat wind complex will be manufactured. Max Boegl Wind AG aims to make three hybrid towers per week, using local workforce and materials, it said in a press statement on Thursday.
All towers for the project are expected to be ready by the end of the year.
Max Boegl started shipping the prefabricated plant to Huai Bong via Nuremberg and Rotterdam in August last year. The German firm said it will continue using mobile manufacturing facilities for international markets, adding that this concept “creates added value on site,” lowers the cost of materials and places significantly less strain on infrastructure as compared to heavy transports.
“Hybrid towers allow the economically viable implementation of hub heights of up to 180 meters to provide greater yields and high efficiency, especially in inland locations,” the German firm comments.