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High Wind develops new installation techniques to install offshore wind turbines at higher wind speeds


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The Boom Lock

The Boom Lock is an intelligent guidance system that allows an offshore crane to install wind turbine components at high wind speeds. The Boom Lock system allows complete control over the hoisted load during wind turbine installation, thereby avoiding wind sensitivity and reducing weather downtime for installation to a minimum.

Mounted on the jack-up vessel’s crane, Boom Lock© is an intelligent guidance system designed to provide maximum control of the crane hook and the load, be it a turbine blade, nacelle or tower section. It is already certified by ABS to lift turbine components at a 20m/s wind speed, and tests with a 6MW turbine blade proved its capability of lifting blades safely at 15m/s wind speed with gusts up to 20m/s.

The Boom Lock is available for all turbine manufacturers, contractors and jack-up owners. It results in reduced costs for installation vessels, installation crews and related costs as well as increased income due to earlier production from the wind farm. It also provides safer working conditions during installation as uncontrolled movements in gusty wind conditions are dramatically reduced.

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Recent news

Visit High Wind at Wind Energy Hamburg 2016

High Wind will be exhibiting at the Wind Energy Hamburg event 27 – 30 September 2016. Beat the high winds High Wind has developed a unique intelligent guidance system – the Boom Lock – that allows an offshore crane to install wind turbine components at high wind speeds. Built to help reduce weather downtime during installation, the […]

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Safe lifting of the industry’s longest offshore blades

The Boom Lock© system by High Wind increases wind limits and accelerates installation processes of increasingly larger wind turbine components. LM Wind Power and Adwen announced earlier this week the world’s longest blade, an 88.4-metre blade specifically designed for Adwen’s 8MW turbine. LM Wind Power’s CEO Marc de Jong called it an extraordinary example of […]

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Optimizing the weakest link

The installation of offshore wind farms becomes more difficult than ever. There is a strong paradox tangible during the installation:

  • Offshore wind turbines need to be installed at locations with ‘high wind’ speeds.
  • Turbine blades are growing dramatically in size which will require better guidance systems.
  • Good weather conditions are required while installing the wind turbines.
  • Jack-up vessels are getting more efficient and they are pushing the weather downtime back to the lifting operations.
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