Vestas Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Vestas Wind Systems, has invested in the unique Salamander Quick Lift Crane Technology. This new crane has considerable potential, both in terms of occupational safety and in terms of simpler provision, assembly and handling compared to standard cranes. Relocation within the site and decommissioning are also faster.
With the investment, Vestas will become a minority investor in the Swedish S&L Access Systems, a subsidiary of Stena AB. The commitment is Vestas Ventures’ second official investment in 2021. It wasn’t until February 2021 that the company made its first investment in the wood technology company Modvion.
S&L Access Systems has developed the Salamander Quick Lift Crane Technology with a new top crane technology that enables heavy lifting operations at hub heights well over 200 m. The mobile platforms are less sensitive to wind when working on the tower and the crane needs a smaller base. The Salamander Quick Lift Crane Technology can be used for both installation and maintenance of older, current and future turbines. This innovative concept is based on proven technology. By reducing the number of trucks required to bring in the assembly crane by up to 75% and the total assembly time, significant savings in CO2 emissions can be expected compared to conventional cranes.
“Vestas Ventures was founded to make risk investments in innovations that will help accelerate the energy transition. The Salamander Quick Lift Crane Technology is primarily based on proven technology and enables the safe and cost-effective lifting of heavy components even at the highest hub heights for the construction, maintenance and servicing of wind turbines. By accelerating the time-to-market of this high potential technology, we have been able to reduce energy costs through reduced installation time, CO2 emissions and simplification of crane transportation, which will help the industry mature more sustainably, ”said Bo Svoldgaard, Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation and Concepts at Vestas .
“We are delighted to be working with Vestas on this unique product. Onshore wind turbines today tend to be taller and will soon reach hub heights of over 200 s, wind power projects are more complex and are often located in remote areas. As the importance of the wind turbine industry grows and turbines get taller and more powerful, we are well positioned with this unique crane solution that enables high safety and efficient lifting of tall wind turbines in a more sustainable way than traditional, says Marcus Dahlinder, Chief Executive Officer of S&L Access Systems. “The concept demonstrator is already going through function tests, while the prototype is under construction in close cooperation with our partners. The construction work will be completed by the end of 2021 and the tests will continue soon, ”continues Dahlinder.
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