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Baulker Farm wind turbine running

Baulker Farm wind turbine running

The newly installed EWT 500 kW wind turbine at Baulker Farm is performing to expectation and makes the site almost self sufficient in electricity. Renewables First has project managed the design and installation of the scheme from the instant the client obtained planning permission.

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EWT DW54 wind turbine from the inside

EWT DW54 wind turbine from the inside

Once the Baulker Farm wind turbine was installed, the commissioning and handover day provided an opportunity to ascend the turbine tower to the hub, in order to check everything is as it should be – as well as provide an opportunity to take some pictures!

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Baulker Farm wind turbine blades connected to the hub

Baulker Farm wind turbine blades connected to the hub

When assembling the hub and wind turbine blades, the challenge at Baulker Farm was one of space limitations due to the proximity of farm buildings and the large chicken sheds. With the rotor blade diameter of the EWT 500 kW turbine being 54 metres, a large surface area was required.

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Wind turbine tower sections connected at Baulker Farm

Wind turbine tower sections connected at Baulker Farm

With the lower tower section in place, the next phase of the wind turbine installation involves the upper tower section being installed. As with the lower section, both the main and tail cranes were used for the initial lifting until the section was vertical, at which point the main crane took over.

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Installing the lower wind turbine tower section

Installing the lower wind turbine tower section

With the turbine foundations completed, the site was ready for the DW54 EWT 500 kW turbine to be installed. The first to arrive was the lifting crane. This was a 1000 tonne mobile crane, required to lift the huge 30 tonne tower sections and generator up and over the chicken shed!

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Wind turbine foundations present a challenge at Baulker Farm

Wind turbine foundations present a challenge at Baulker Farm

Having completed the initial foundations for the Powerwind turbine, Powerwind then ceased trading. This meant that the completed Powerwind foundation then had to be adapted to accommodate a different turbine – in this instance, Renewables First specified a DW54 EWT 500 kW turbine.

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