Orlando, Fla., May 5, 2011 — Using a greener, more reliable and cost-effective method of transportation, Siemens transported 22 wind turbine nacelles and hubs by rail from its new wind turbine nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Shipping the 87-metric-ton nacelles by train has efficiency and environmental benefits, including an up to 80 percent carbon footprint reduction compared to truck transportation over long distances.
In addition to the nacelles — the structure atop of a wind turbine tower that holds the electricity generating components — and hubs, Siemens Energy is also transporting towers and blades via rail to various projects throughout the U.S.
The inaugural shipment of 22 wind turbine nacelles and hubs is headed to Puget Sound Energy's Lower Snake River Wind Project near Pomeroy, Washington, where they will be combined with blades from Siemens' Fort Madison, Iowa, wind turbine blade manufacturing facility and towers for installation.
Phase I of the Lower Snake River Wind Project is PSE's third and largest wind-power facility. When completed in 2012, the new 343-MW facility will produce enough electricity to power more than 100,000 households and boost the Washington utility's total wind-power generating capacity to 773 MW.
In December 2010, Siemens officially opened its 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, which produces nacelles for the company's 2.3-MW and 3-MW wind turbines.
The facility currently employs about 200 people, a number that is expected to double when the factory is fully operational. About 700 people are employed at Siemens' wind turbine blade factory in Iowa.