Crane Power Helps Harness Wind Power

September 28, 2010

Manitowoc 16000 lattice-boom crawler crane
Equipped with the capacity-enhancing MAX-ER attachment, the 16000 can handle 394 feet of main boom.

On a recent trip to Ontario, Canada, to visit with Volvo Construction Equipment, CE editors were impressed with the immense size of the numerous wind-powered generators spaced along our route up the eastern shore of Lake Huron. How ever do they construct these things?

So when we later received a story from the Manitowoc Crane Group about a couple of model 16000 lattice-boom crawler cranes at work in Ontario, it came as an answer to our question. The two machines, working along the northern shore of Lake Erie, erected a total of 66 three-section wind-turbine generators to a height of 262 feet.

The project, the Erie Shores Wind Farm, was managed by HB White Canada Corp., a subsidiary of Indiana-based White Construction USA. When complete, the project will provide 99 megawatts of electricity, enough, we're told, to power 32,000 homes in the region.