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by Kevin Maddaford on 03/06/2009
Siemens sent out its first US shipment of wind turbine blades to be transported by train.
Siemens recently completed a rail yard at its blade factory in Fort Madison, Iowa, and the first shipment of 42 blades is on its way to the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Oregon, a project that will require a total of 423 blades. Shipping by train has environmental benefits due to decreased emissions over trucking and utilizes the existing railroad infrastructure to move components across the country. In addition to turbine blades, Siemens plans on shipping nacelles and towers by train.
You can read more about this at SustainableBusiness.com here.
It is good to see the railroad getting put to good use for the renewable energy industry. Trains can move these massive components more easily and with less fuel consumer per unit, improving the economy of project development. When Vestas decided to build a blade factory in Brighton, CO, the accessibility of rail services was an important factor. ~Kevin
Kevin Maddaford is the Consumer Services Manager and Resource Development Associate at Renewable Choice Energy.