Bald Hills Wind Farm: Time-Lapse Video Of Wind Turbine Construction

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What does it take to build a 2 MW wind turbine? This time-lapse video of the construction of a wind turbine at the Bald Hills Wind Farm gives a glimpse into the process, and makes it look almost simple (though it’s obviously not, and is no small undertaking).

The 106.6 MW Bald Hills Wind Farm in South Gippsland, Victoria, is the newest wind farm in Australia, consisting of 52 wind turbines of 2.05 MW capacity, which are expected to generate a combined 380,000 MWh of clean electricity annually. This wind farm has been a number of years in the making, including almost 10 years of wind resource monitoring at the site, and this “world class wind resource” is expected to make “a significant contribution” to Australia’s 20% by 2020 Renewable Energy Target.

According to the Bald Hills Wind Farm website, the combined energy output of the wind turbines on the site can produce enough electricity to power more than 62,000 average homes, avoiding up to 335,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The wind farm is owned by Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd., and Repower Systems SE is the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractor for the project.

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9 thoughts on “Bald Hills Wind Farm: Time-Lapse Video Of Wind Turbine Construction

  • I think I’ve been there. Just north of Ballarat, no? At a site visit and then a nice picnic with lawyers of all things. Sorry, I’m not from Australia and this kind of thing makes for an enjoyable Friday afternoon. While there, I did learn what the difference between a solicitor and a barrister. A chiefly British concern. So that was nice.

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  • C’mon, it’s simple! Just like putting together an Erector set!

    But seriously, that video was awesome. Finally makes me feel almost as excited about wind as I am about solar. =)

  • Even knowing how it’s done, it was very nice to see this video.

  • A parallel video (in German, link) on the erection of a much bigger wind turbine, a 7 MW Enercon model on a 135m hub. The comparison neatly brings out the increase in cost and difficulty of pushing up turbine size onshore: you sense that the German team were stretching the limits. Offshore it’s different. With ships, you can easily transport very large components and cranes. The foundations are a higher percentage of the costs, probably with constant or increasing returns to scale.

    • Yet another impressive “how it’s done.” video. Thanks for sharing. It’s interesting to contrast the more modular approach of what is being done here with these larger installations compared to the Bald Hills units.

  • Some of those pylons may have actually been made in Australia. Nothing else of course.

  • That is an impressive video. Cute/funny moment at about 1:20, when you see the head of one of the workers in the lower half of the tower suddenly ducking, as the upper section is placed on top of it.

  • You can drive through West Texas and see thisis the future.

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