The Luxembourg company P. Adams Schwertransporte showed on its Facebook profile how turbine components are transported through the towns. It is a very complicated endeavor and it is not intended for the faint of heart.
The most daring task is transporting the rotor blades. Each wind turbine is equipped with three such components. Unfortunately, unlike the main part of the turbine, the blades cannot be disassembled and assembled on site, they have to be transported whole. The photos show the transport of a rotor blade, 67 meters long and weighing 25 tons.
The shovel is not transported flat. The largest ones are set at an angle of 20 to 45 degrees, depending on their length and weight. This makes it easier for vehicles to maneuver in narrow city streets or on steep mountain slopes.
Interestingly, such blades are a piece of cake with the world's largest turbines. The 9MW V164 wind turbine from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind weighs 1,300 tons, is 220 meters high and has 80 meters of blades. One such shovel weighs 38 tons.
However, General Electric built an even larger and more efficient turbine. Haliade-X has a capacity of 12 MW and produces 67 GWh of electricity per year. Only one such turbine is to supply electricity to at least 16,000 households. Haliade-X is 260 meters high and the blades are 107 meters long and weigh over 50 tons. General Electric has already announced the construction of an even larger turbine, which will measure 480 meters in height, and its blades will be up to 200 meters long and weigh up to 100 tons.
Of course, the blades of such giant turbines are not transported across cities. It is simply neither feasible nor safe. Most of them are placed on wind farms away from all buildings, most often also at sea. Then, the transport of elements takes place directly from the factories to the place of destination using specialized ships and platforms.