TORONTO — Like so many other industries glomming onto the green movement, Ontario-based Thru-Way Trailers recently celebrated its new line of BladeMaster trailers, designed specifically to haul wind-turbine blades.
Thru-Way brass hosted more than 40 industry types at a special launch event at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds earlier this week
"We are so proud of what BladeMaster can do for the emerging wind energy industry," says Saifu Mawji, president of Thru-Way Trailers.
"This event was a great opportunity to demonstrate how our technology can help this industry grow," he said.
The BladeMaster is a one-of-a-kind trailer designed specifically for shipping wind turbine blades. And the Thru-Way trailer people maintain that it’s lighter, safer, more flexible and more cost-effective than traditional trailers.
At the CNE, engineers demonstrated the trailer’s handling by driving around the grounds. The key to the flexibility, Thru-Way says, is the “Active Steering Metrics (ASM)”, designed by VSE, a European trailer-systems firm.
“The ASM technology allows BladeMaster to easily and continuously drive around tighter corners,” says Mawji. “This is ideal for transporting long and cumbersome windmill blades.”
The wind turbine blades at the CNE wind-energy demonstration project are about 24 meters long and currently (get it?) generate about 1,400 megawatt hours of power per year. That’s enough to power 250 homes.
BladeMaster was built specifically for the wind energy industry, but the steerable technology can be applied to trailers hauling any type of load.
Thru-Way Trailers has been providing customized trailers to specialized carriers for nearly 40 years.
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