First real size demonstration of Ampelmann, a hydraulically stabilised access platform developed for offshore wind energy.
Demonstration took place by accessing one of the wind turbines of the 108 MW OWEZ wind farm, off the coast of Egmond aan Zee. The weather circumstances were not optimal for testing a stabilizing platform as the waves were under 50 cm and the wind speed was lower than 4 m/s. However the weather conditions were excellent for those observers who are sensitive for sea sickness!
The Ampelmann approached the wind turbine twice successfully. The first time to drop a member of the Ampelmann team at the entrance of the turbine, the second time to pick him up again. After this first demonstration, the team continued the experiments during the following three days.