The wind industry today uses different types of equipment for transport and storage of tower sections for offshore wind turbines. This is despite the fact that the wind turbine towers are very similar across manufacturers in the industry. The difference in the equipment used for transport on trucks and ships makes it difficult for the subcontractors who handle the freight of the tower sections to streamline the task and thus reduce costs.
The partners in Common Equipment Towers have designed and tested common transport and storage equipment for offshore wind turbine towers. The equipment can be used from the time the tower is produced until it is erected and assembled in the port from which the offshore wind farm is to be shipped. The solution will reduce the wind industry’s costs of transporting wind turbine tower sections, as the supply chain will in future be able to use the same equipment for transporting wind turbine tower sections from different suppliers. just as it is known, for example, from standard containers or the euro pallet in other sectors.
PHASE 1: Conceptualisation
PHASE 2: Development and testing
PHASE 3: Demonstration and validation
PHASE 4: Commercialisation