SCHEUERLE ROTOR BLADE ADAPTER ON AN SPMT (SELF PROPELLED MODULAR TRANSPORTER) PROVES ITSELF UNDER THE TOUGHEST OF CONDITIONS.
With production sites in Germany and France, the TII Group provides a wide range of innovative transport solutions for the wind power industry. The trend in recent years is towards larger facilities and very remote locations: TII has reacted swiftly with numerous innovations.
Their Scheuerle rotor blade adapter is a proven and reliable system designed to transport rotor blades under very difficult conditions. Mounted on a quick-release plate, the rotor blade can be positioned at an angle of 70° (something unmatched by any competitor), and pivoted as well as rotated around its own axis – in order to avoid any obstacles. Longstanding Scheuerle customer Felbermayr now went one step further, combining the Scheuerle rotor blade adapter with a Scheuerle SPMT.
For the construction of a wind farm on the Curcubata mountain in Romania, the required rotor blades could be transported to the remote assembly site – using the extremely manoeuvrable, selfpropelled combination.
The new windpower facility features a total of five Vestas V90 wind turbines. Each rotor blade is over 40m long. This is by no means ‘top of the line’ explained Joachim Kolb, Area Manager Sales at TII Sales, the joint sales and distribution company of Scheuerle, Nicolas and Kamag: “Today, rotor blades can reach lengths of up to 70 metres. Customers worldwide are already successfully transporting these lengths with our vehicles. Here in Curcubata, however, the challenges lie altogether elsewhere.”
The wind farm is only accessible via 16km of gravelcovered mountain roads (with gradients of up to twenty per cent). From the onset, it was decided in favour of medium-sized installations. But even these could only be transported to their final destination by using a combination of a self-propelled Scheuerle SPMT – and the rotor blade adapter, hitherto unique on the market. Assembly work was scheduled to last around three weeks. A base camp in the valley served as an intermediate service station. In addition, bad weather and freezing rain complicated working operations.
“Initially, we had some concerns regarding the tight S-bends,” added Kolb. “But we were able to master this challenge through the precise control system of the Scheuerle SPMT and the movable counterweight of the rotor blade adapter – which ensured perfect stability of the combination.
“Rest assured, nothing tips over with us.”