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Airships will carry wind turbines to the mountains – NRK Vestland

French company Flying Whales will start building the airships during the year Especially property To transport spare parts for wind power plants.

According to reports, the lifting capacity should be 60 tons, and the ship should be able to load and unload while suspended in the air.

Moving wind turbine blades today is tedious and expensive, so the announcement of the “new problems” is greeted with excitement among Norwegian wind power developers.

It will spare nature and simplify work

Both the industry in general and us as a company are looking forward to all innovations that can reduce the interventions and costs associated with building wind power plants, says Andreas Thun Asheim, Director of Cloudberry Clean Energy.

He adds:

If airships are part of future solutions, I am simply not in a position to say anything about it. I may have allowed myself to be a little skeptical, but I am open to surprise.

Stig Tore Laugen is Director of Communications at Aneo, a new renewable company of Trønderenergi and Hitecvision.

Transporting turbine parts to wind farms is not easy, and requires significant natural interventions. So the idea of ​​being able to airship them is very exciting, he says.

He says he has followed the company’s development and “can’t wait to hear more”.

If the technology works, and the cost is acceptable, there is no doubt that this method of transportation will protect nature and simplify work.

This year, manufacturer Flying Whales began building a carbon, fabric-covered, helium-filled balloon.

“I may not dream of returning to the greatness of old airships, but at the same time I can imagine myself sitting beautifully decorated, sipping a glass of something good, in a restaurant in a balloon floating over Europe,” says Andreas Thun-Aschem at Cloudberry Clean Energy.

Photo: flying whales

“Oh, humanity”

Historically, the airship has a special place in our collective memory. There they represent a “lost” technology that once ruled the sky, but then disappeared, after a terrible accident (“Hindenburg Disaster”).

Since then, the airship has become a kind of mythical fairy-tale creature – partly existing, partly non-existent. Not much different Supersonic aircraft Concord.

Balloons are something we associate with travel and big, amazing events. It was very exciting to experience the balloon again as it flies over the horizon like a phoenix, says Stig Tore Laugen at Aneo, preferably holding a windmill blade.

Airship "Norway" Departing Ny-Alsund in Svalbard

In 1926, Roald Amundsen, together with Umberto Nobile, flew the airship “Norig” over the North Pole. They started in Ny-Ulsund in Svalbard and landed in Tyler in Alaska.

Image: Norwegian Polar Institute

Fornybar Noreg’s director of communications, Aslak Øverås, has seen long turbine blades transported on winding small roads many times towards wind power plants.

These are laborious operations which also hinder normal traffic. If more can be transported by air in an environmentally friendly way, he says, it should benefit everyone.

He adds:

Then there is the question of whether the airship can tolerate the Norwegian climate and winds that naturally belong to these power plants.

On May 11, 1926, the airship “Norig” passed the North Pole on its way from Svalbard to Alaska. The program contains recordings from the Pioneer’s journey and interviews with some of those who were there.

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