Many onshore wind developments are now looking to deploy larger and larger turbines to ensure they are financially viable in a post subsidy world. Whilst these larger turbines can make the business case appealing, the logistics associated with getting larger wind turbine components to site can be very challenging.
Using AutoTrack software we have produced models for a range of turbine blade delivery vehicles, including blades up to 71m long. We have also undertaken site visits to confirm assumptions, highlight weight limits or potential grounding issues. We have found, even with well established turbine delivery routes, that ultimately there is a limit to the length of vehicles that can successfully navigate proposed routes. This can result in either having to place agreements with third party landowners or even limiting blade length. Either way, both have a financial impact on projects that are already under pressure, highlighting the importance of addressing this issue as part of a targeted feasibility study and getting it right early in the development phase.
To better understand how TNEI can help your project with early feasibility assessments, including swept path analysis, please contact us.