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Strong growth with new employees
S&L Access Systems has had a good start of the year. A new office in Västerås has opened, and new employees has been recruited. During 2022, the company will continue to grow with around ten people.
Except from building a complete Salamander Quick Lift prototype in 2021, S&L Access Systems has put a lot of time and focus on finding competent people that would like to join the company and its unique journey. One of them is the new constructor, Jacob Raza, with passion for both technique and design.
“It feels great to strengthen the team with new employees that has fresh knowledge in both technique and design. It’s necessary for the company´s continued success and the actual launch that’s getting closer and closer”, says Marcus Dahlinder, CEO S&L Access Systems.
Jacob has joined the team in Västerås, where a brand-new R&D Center is under construction. With him on board, the company now has 15 employees and consultants in Gothenburg, Örnsköldsvik and Västerås. During 2022, S&L Access Systems will grow with another ten employees within engineering, quality and assembly.
“We are growing strongly. Now, we continue the work with finding new talents with the right competence and driving forces. I’m optimistic about the future”, says Marcus Dahlinder.
Revolutionary crane solution reaches milestone
A prototype of the Salamander Quick Lift solution from S&L Access Systems has reached the important milestone at the test tower in Örnsköldsvik, firmly establishing proof of concept. The finished solution will be able to reach hook heights of up to 210 meters.
S&L Access Systems reached a milestone in November, when a complete Salamander Quick Lift prototype crane performed final concept tests. The crane had full functionality, scaling the 63 meter test tower outside of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. “Reaching this highly significant milestone feels fantastic. We’ve brought a completely new solution into the industry,” says Marcus Dahlinder, CEO S&L Access Systems. He continues:
We have worked extremely hard to reach this point, and have always had faith that the solution would work. But you never know until you see it for real. ”The Salamander Quick Lift solution consists of crane sections ready for assembly, reaching hook heights of up to 210 meters. The crane is anchored to the wind tower and sections are jacked up with a press from the bottom, raising the crane quickly and efficiently. The crane is assembled much more quickly in comparison with other existing solutions, and reduces transports by 75 percent.
The solution has been in development since 2019, with S&L Access Systems deliberately working quietly in partnership with suppliers. In 2021 Vestas, one of the world’s leading wind turbine companies, joined as an active partner, taking the developing solution into the limelight.
“The team has worked in the shadows for a long time, and it’s great to finally be able to show a proof of concept. We’ve worked in tight collaboration with all our partners, and they have contributed to the development. This wouldn’t have been possible without them,” says Marcus Dahlinder.
Market reactions have been very positive, not least in parts of the world where geography often makes transports of crane parts difficult.
“The next step is to build the company and secure competence. The plan is to expand with 20 employees during 2022 and with another 50 people within three years,” says Marcus Dahlinder.
S&L Access Systems with Stena AB as majority shareholder partners up with Vestas.
S&L Access Systems a Green Tech company with strong ambitions to accelerate the clean energy transmission by bringing the wind turbine industry to the next sustainable level, partners up with Vestas the leading wind turbine manufacturer. In combination with Stena AB as majority shareholder the company now holds two strong owners enabling the company to take the next step from concept to serial production.
S&L Access Systems has developed the Salamander Quick Lift Crane Technology featuring a new top crane technology enabling heavy lifts on hub heights well beyond 200 metres. The moveable platforms enable better safety and are less wind sensitive when conducting uptower works. The crane also requires a smaller crane pad. This innovative concept is based on proven technology. Overall, this new solution holds significant potential to be faster and more cost-effective in terms of transport to site, deployment, relocation in the field and crane decommissioning. Salamander Quick Lift can be used for both installation and maintenance of legacy, current and future turbines. With reduction of 75% in transports and less installation time required, the Salamander Quick Lift will result in significant savings in CO2 emissions when compared to conventional cranes.
“We are excited to be partnering with Vestas in this unique product. Today, onshore wind turbines tend to be higher and soon to reach hub heights beyond 200 metres, wind power projects are more complex and often located in remote areas. As the importance of the wind turbine industry increases and turbines become taller and more powerful, we are well positioned with this unique crane solution enabling high safety and efficient lifting of high wind turbines in a more sustainable way, than traditionally, says Marcus Dahlinder, CEO of S&L Access Systems. “The concept demonstrator is already undergoing functionality tests while the prototype is under construction in close cooperation with our partners. Construction will be completed by the end of the year and testing will continue promptly,” Dahlinder continues.
“Vestas Ventures was established to make venture investments in innovations that contribute to accelerating the green energy transition. The Salamander Quick Lift Crane Technology is primarily based on proven technology and enables safer and more cost-effective lifts of heavy components even at the highest hub heights when building, servicing, and maintaining wind turbines. By accelerating the market adoption of this high potential technology, we could reduce the cost of energy through reduced installation time, CO2 emissions and simplifying crane transportation, which contributes to maturing the industry in a more sustainable way,” said Bo Svoldgaard, Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation and Concepts at Vestas.