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Wind tower service lift

United States Patent

September 13, 2011
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An apparatus used for maintaining a wind tower structure wherein the wind tower structure may have a plurality of legs and may be configured to support a wind turbine above the ground in a better position to interface with winds. The lift structure may be configured for carrying objects and have a guide system and drive system for mechanically communicating with a primary cable, rail or other first elongate member attached to the wind tower structure. The drive system and guide system may transmit forces that move the lift relative to the cable and thereby relative to the wind tower structure. A control interface may be included for controlling the amount and direction of the power into the guide system and drive system thereby causing the guide system and drive system to move the lift relative to said first elongate member such that said lift moves relative to said wind tower structure.
Oliphant; David (West Jordan, UT), Quilter; Jared (Heber City, UT), Andersen; Todd (Heber City, UT), Conroy; Thomas (Midway, UT)
Wind Tower Systems, LLC (Heber City, UT)
12/ 130,922
May 30, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING STATE OF CALIFORNIA SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with State of California support under California Energy Commission grant number PIR-04-012. The Energy Commission has certain rights in this invention.