Wind energy – installation
UK-based SENSEWind has successfully demonstrated the SENSE system in action, installing a modified Vestas V27 rotor nacelle assembly on a 26-m high tower.
The system eliminates the need for cranes and conventional offshore installation vessels when mounting WTG nacelles and blades.
This self-erecting nacelle and service system, which is suitable for use with both onshore and offshore wind turbines and floating wind turbines, is a significant departure from how wind turbines are usually installed.
The engineering company and its industry partners believe it can make turbine installation cheaper, quicker and safer.
Independent analysis has shown the SENSEWind system could reduce the levelised cost of energy of a project by as much as 12%.