55 Meter Blade TransportClient Name: Wind turbine manufacturer
Project Type: From Colorado to New England
Completion Date: 07/31/2012
When a major wind turbine manufacturer in Colorado needed to move blades that were 55 meters long (180 feet) from Colorado to a project site over 1,800 miles away in New England, they turned to TTS to tackle the challenge. These were the largest wind turbine blades that had ever been transported via rail. The project’s most significant challenge was determining how to safely transport the large, fragile blades without damaging them. Clearance requirements were also a major challenge. The TTS engineering team created a unique, custom design to attach the blades to the rail car in a way that allowed them to be transported safely. We utilized a reverse pivot arm and a bolstered arrangement, allowing the blades to negotiate curves better. TTS also managed the project’s clearance process. The final result: we delivered the blades damage-free, on-time and on-budget.