Dutch firm receives funding for 130-metre prototype crane

Tetrahedron and its partners including Ge, Shell, and Jack-Up Barge BV will construct a 130-metre tall prototype crane to meet the requirements of the next generation of offshore wind turbines after the consortium received finance and grant funding from the Dutch Government.

The Dutch company said it wants to use the prototype, which will be completed towards the end of next year, to test its resistance to events such as sudden loss of load as well as to prove to the wind industry that it can lift wind turbines higher than standard cranes without the need to build new jack-up vessels.

The concept crane was reviewed by Windpower Monthly and it also won the 'innovation' category in WPM's Turbines of the Year in 2020.

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