Thursday, May 05, 2011

Siemens ships turbine parts by rail

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Siemens Energy announced that it shipped 22 wind turbine nacelles and hubs from its new nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kans., Thursday.

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“Shipping the 87-metric-ton nacelles by train has significant efficiency and environmental benefits, including an up to 80% carbon footprint reduction compared to truck transportation over long distances,” said the company.

In addition to the hubs and nacelles—the structures atop a wind turbine tower that holds electricity generating components—Siemens Energy said it is also transporting towers and blades via rail to projects throughout the U.S.

The inaugural shipment of nacelles and hubs is headed to Puget Sound Energy’s Lower Snake River Wind Project near Pomeroy, Wash., where they will be combined with blades from Siemens’ Fort Madison, Iowa, manufacturing facility for installation.