The truck transporting the crane arrives early on Wednesday, September 2. Grey clouds over Adlershof, but that doesn't stop the team from setting up the crane.
A new cooling tower flying to BESSY's roof
The crane weighs 96 tons, plus additional 90 tons counterweight (see picture). The cooling tower itself weighs 2 tons.
Warming up : the frame on which the cooling tower will later stand is lifted onto the roof. It is Thursday before nine o'clock, the sky is blue, the sun is shining!
Even from the Ruska Ufer it can not be overlooked: there is something happening at BESSY II. Such a voluminous crane is used at HZB for the first time.
After a few final touches, the time has come: around 9:30 am the cooling tower is lifted into the air.
The installation team is already waiting there, now the precision work continues. Around 10:15 a.m. the cooling tower is in its designated place.
Early September a huge crane near BESSY II could be seen from afar. A series of pictures for you to discover the exciting installation of the fourth cooling tower.
"We have been planning this for more than a year," explains Christian Jung, who is coordinating the work with Ingo Müller during the shutdown of the electron storage ring BESSY II.
Both watch with great interest as the twelve specialists assemble the crane, attach the cooling tower, then swing it over the roof and finally install it. Both are certain that the transport of the fourth cooling tower works only with detailed planning and a great deal of precision. "We have never needed such a large crane before," says Ingo Müller. Some HZB colleagues come by, pull out cell phones and capture these moments: you don't see something like that every day.
The installation of the fourth cooling tower, which is now safely located in the courtyard in the middle of the ring building, is one of the biggest jobs during the shutdown.
Read more about the shutdown period: The shutdown at BESSY II: busy activity in the ring
Pictures: Christian Feiler, Ingo Müller and Florentine Krawatzek.