These changes are increasing the number of viable wind farm locations; crucial when so many suitable sites are already occupied. They are also helping developers to optimize yields from windier, more remote areas. But this innovation comes at a price.
As nacelles get heavier, roads and hardstands must be widened to fit larger lifting equipment. As tower sections get larger, fewer routes to site can be used transport them. As hub heights grow, less equipment has adequate reach.
Each phase of a wind farm’s construction is linked closely to the next. By considering the entire development process early during each project, design changes can be made that facilitate later savings.
The right logistics strategy minimizes road modifications. The right lifting approach cuts down on civil works. Smart on-site transportation reduces the time between each pad, shortening schedules.
Crucially, all of the above can reduce the time and cost pressure on each project, making each project more cost-effective, safe and reducing the cost of energy.