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LiftWerx and Siemens Gamesa announce up-tower lifting device

LiftWerx and Siemens Gamesa announce up-tower lifting device

Engineering company LiftWerx has partnered with Siemens Gamesa to develop the world’s highest capacity up-tower lifting device.

With a lifting capacity of 75t, the system is designed to lower a fully assembled wind turbine rotor and main shaft.

The RotorHook will have a much wider array of lifting capabilities compared to other up-tower cranes and it has the ability to perform major corrective repairs on nearly all major turbine brands.

The device will eliminate the need to use a large conventional crane and is easily mobilised to project sites in only three standard ISO containers.

Launching in Q2 2019, LiftWerx’s director of North America operations Ted Pruss says the RotorHook will drive down operation and maintenance costs, improve turbine uptime, increase safety and reduce the reliance on larger and more costly cranes. 

“Operationally, this device will perform lifts from within the nacelle, which were previously unachievable, and we are looking forward to progressing with the project and executing the first lifts of the machines,” Glen Aitken, president of LiftWerx, said.

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