Austria




New self-propelled trailer eases challenge of transporting

As preconditions for wind energy are tough in Austria - a high population density combined with complex terrain - the erection of turbines needs thorough planning and equipment. Rotor blades, in particular, have been a major problem for alpine and mountainous transport. Therefore, an Austrian logistics supplier, together with a german hauling equipment producer, has developed, a new self-propelled trailer for blade transportation. By being able to continuously adjust the blade inclination between 0° and 60°, the mover can be used in difficult, forested areas as well as in densely built up areas.

As preconditions for wind energy are tough in Austria - a high population density combined with complex terrain - the erection of turbines needs thorough planning and equipment. Installing a turbine in alpine regions is in a league of its own - protected, forested areas and steep, complex road systems have to be used for transporting high tonnages and oversized material. This means the focus of transportation has to be on decreasing the necessary impact. Rotor blades, in particular, have been a major problem for alpine and mountainous transport because of the increasing size of the blade’s increased curve radius, street width and of course the interference with nature. Therefore, an Austrian logistics supplier, together with a german hauling equipment producer, has developed,a new self-propelled trailer for blade transportation. By being able to continuously adjust the blade inclination between 0° and 60°, the mover can be used in difficult, forested areas as well as densely built up areas
 
The self-propelled trailer has a fully electronic control system and, thanks to its 500 hp engine, is able to ensure uninterrupted and safe transport of rotor blades even in rough terrain. To provide a better overview of the situation, the whole unit is operated by remote control, which makes it possible to navigate obstacles and bottlenecks even more easily. The blade adapters can be repositioned hydraulically, so that the self-propelled trailer can also be used to transport other components of wind power plants. For longer transport routes, the option also exists to combine the PFTV 300 with roadworthy modular axles and the associated tractor units.
 
A video about the trailer can be viewed here

More information can be found here