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Chinese manufacturer installs world’s tallest wind impeller

DCN News Services
Chinese manufacturer installs world’s tallest wind impeller

BAIXIANG, CHINA — China’s XCMG, a construction machinery manufacturer, has announced it has set a world record with its installation of an impeller — the rotor on a windmill — 140 metres high.

The assembled impeller, installed at the Baixiang onshore wind farm project in Hebei, China, had a diameter of 141 metres and weighed nearly 90 tons.

China’s XCMG installed a world-record-high impeller using its XCA1600 wheeled all-terrain crane at a Chinese wind farm on May 6.
XCMG — China’s XCMG installed a world-record-high impeller using its XCA1600 wheeled all-terrain crane at a Chinese wind farm on May 6.

The impeller was installed May 6 by XCMG’s XCA1600 wheeled all-terrain crane.

The crane lifted and docked the impeller in 40 minutes while engineers spent another 90 minutes to fasten all 80 bolts.

The device has a seven-section main boom reaching 92.4 metres and a self-folding wind-power boom of 27.5 to 51.5 metres that can lift 95 tons when expanded to 140 metres of height.

“China has the greatest number of wind farm installations. The 1,600-ton all-terrain crane, designed for projects at height, has not only overcome many construction challenges with world-leading technology and strong quality, but it has also now made its name with this new record-breaking project complete as China’s leading crane technology and quality,” said Jianzhong Sun, vice-president of XCMG, in the statement.

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