June 21 (Renewables Now) - Marine contractor Van Oord, heavy lifting and transport expert Mammoet and Australian tech company Verton have teamed up to develop a new lifting method for the installation of wind turbine blades.
The trio will be working together with the ultimate goal of shortening the installation cycle times and making installation safer for operators.
The partnership will be focused on utilising a remote rotating device developed by Verton, capable of rotating a suspended load through the use of gyroscopic modules. In a new concept, this device is integrated into a lifting yoke to enable the installation of wind turbine blades.
“The system allows operators to rotate and install heavy loads without using tag lines. Not only is this safer for operators, but it also shortens the installation cycle times,” said Wouter de Wildt, mentor from Van Oord.
Van Oord and Mammoet have agreed to participate in the first of three phases of the development. In particular, they will assist in making up the technical assessment and requirements.
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) will take part as well, providing the needed technical information and expertise to develop the new product.