Amazing Turbine Hoist

September 19, 2020

Go full screen on this one.

They call it ‘flying the blades”.

I waited for hours to see how the crane operator would solve this problem. One of the blades would have to be brought from behind the tower, to the front, so as to position it properly.
That was amazing enough.

But what really made my jaw drop was when I examined the drone footage later…

12 Responses to “Amazing Turbine Hoist”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Times like this I appreciate having a large-screen on a desktop.

  2. John Oneill Says:

    Since wind proponents claim up to 50% capacity factor in windy areas, and maybe 60 for offshore, you have to calculate there’ll be a lot of times when assembly, and maybe maintenance, is impossible. Even 60% still leaves a lot of room that batteries, or more likely gas, will have to fill. Doesn’t always go so smoothly, either –

    • grindupbaker Says:

      Yes, shit happens all right. Mass production leads to fewer failures.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Especially horrific is the months of spilled wind that local communities had to worry about cleaning up, crippling local economies and damaging ecosystems.

      The giant construction machines and procedures for wind energy represent a subset of the technology of fossil fuel energy. Every single burning nacelle, crippled barge, or fallen tower can be matched with a counterpart in fossil fuel extraction and processing. Add to that the oil spills, leaked methane or coal ash dam failures associated with fossil fuels.

      Even the environmental impact of making batteries only applies to making reusable energy storage components, unlike the ongoing stream of use-once fuel material that fossil resource extraction entails.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Two ace workers who earn their bucks with skill – I wish I had a head for heights, I couldn’t stand aloft a modern turbine.


    “In June, Minnesota’s Attorney General sued ExxonMobil, among others, for launching a “campaign of deception” which deliberately tried to undermine the science supporting global warming.

    To understand what’s happening today, we need to go back nearly 40 years.

    • grindupbaker Says:

      I been trapped 900 feet up on an elevator top 40 minutes while the mechanic went to fix the mistake he did that trapped us. You just peek over the edge and see 74 elevator doors one below the other disappearing into darkness.

  4. J4Zonian Says:

    I’ve seen this a few times, and have seen them haul the nacelle up and then put the blades on at the top, and what I don’t get when they do it this way is how the bottom blade doesn’t get damaged or even break off as they drag it up off the ground. Anybody know?

    • KeenOn350 Says:

      Check out center of the image, almost hidden by the trees. There is a second, much smaller crane that helps lift that last blade off the ground before it all goes vertical.

  5. This is really awesome!

  6. Roger Walker Says:

    WOW! Just one big fucking WOW!

  7. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Random whimsy: The dust devil that whirls down the road at ~0:49 reminds you of what this is all about.

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