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1. (WO2017000944) PROCÉDÉ DE DÉPLACEMENT D'ÉLÉMENTS D'ÉOLIENNE ET SYSTÈME DE TRANSPORT POUR LE DÉPLACEMENT D'ÉLÉMENTS D'ÉOLIENNE
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1 . A method for moving a wind turbine component (42) relative to a wind turbine (16) having a tower (18) with a door (26) for closing off an opening (90) through the tower (18), the method comprising:

removably positioning a transport system (40) relative to the wind turbine (16), the transport system (40) having a track (44) and a powered drive device (1 18), such that a first end (78) of the track (44) is positioned outside the tower (18), a second end (80) of the track (44) is positioned inside the tower (18), and the track (44) extends through the opening (90) in the tower (18), the transport system (40) configured to facilitate movement of the wind turbine component (42) between an inside of the tower (18) and an outside of the tower (18) through the opening (90); and

moving the wind turbine component (42) vertically within the tower (18) away from or toward the track (44) using the powered drive device (1 18) of the transport system (40).

2. The method according to claim 1 , further comprising

removably coupling a hoist assembly (160) to a support structure

(170, 172) of the tower (18) above the opening (90) in the tower (18) and above the wind turbine component (42), the hoist assembly (160) including a plurality of sheaves (162, 164, 174);

operatively coupling the hoist assembly (160) and the powered drive device (1 18) via one or more feed cables (124b, 126b);

operatively coupling the hoist assembly (160) to the wind turbine component (42); and

activating the powered drive device (1 18) to move the wind turbine component (42) vertically within the tower (18).

3. The method according to claim 2, wherein operatively coupling the hoist assembly (160) and the powered drive device (1 18) further comprises extending one or more of the feed cables (124b, 126b) through one or more sheaves (156, 158) at the second end (80) of the track (44).

4. The method according to any preceding claim, further comprising using the powered drive device (1 18) of the transport system (40) to move the wind turbine component (42) along the track (44) and through the opening (90) in the tower (18).

5. The method according to claim 4, wherein the powered drive device (1 18) is selectively coupleable to the transport system (40) in a first or second position, the method further comprising:

coupling the powered drive device (1 18) to the transport system

(40) in the first position when moving the wind turbine component (42) vertically within the tower (18); and

coupling the powered drive device (1 18) to the transport system (40) in the second position when moving the wind turbine component (42) along the track.

6. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the track (44) is modular and the method further comprises assembling the track (44) by coupling a plurality of track segments (44a, 44b, 44c, 44d) in an end-to-end fashion.

7. The method according to claim 1 , wherein the method is used for removing the wind turbine component (42) from the wind turbine (16), the method further comprising:

removably coupling a hoist assembly (160) to a support structure (170, 172) of the tower (18) above the opening (90) in the tower (18) and above the wind turbine component (42), the hoist assembly (160) including a plurality of sheaves (162, 164, 174);

operatively coupling the hoist assembly (160) and the powered drive device (1 18) via one or more feed cables (124b, 126b);

activating the powered drive device (1 18) to vertically raise the component (42) off of a platform located within the tower (18) and above the door (90);

activating the powered drive device (1 18) to vertically lower the component (42) onto the track (44);

moving the wind turbine component (42) along the track (44) from inside the tower (18) to outside the tower (18) such that the wind turbine component (42) is completely positioned outside the tower (18); and

removing the wind turbine component (42) from the track (44).

8. The method according to claim 7, further comprising installing another wind turbine component into the wind turbine tower (18), comprising:

positioning the another wind turbine component on the track (44); moving the another wind turbine component along the track (44) from outside the tower (18) to inside the tower (18);

activating the powered drive device (1 18) to vertically raise the another wind turbine component off of the track (44) and above the platform; and

activating the powered drive device (1 18) to vertically lower the another wind turbine component onto the platform.

9. The method according to claim 7 or 8, wherein moving the wind turbine component (42) along the track (44) further comprises:

operatively coupling the powered drive device (1 18) to the wind turbine component (42); and

activating the powered drive device (1 18) to move the wind turbine component (42) along the track (44).

10. The method according to any of claims 7-9, wherein moving the another wind turbine component along the track (44) further comprises:

operatively coupling the powered drive device (1 18) to the another wind turbine component; and

activating the powered drive device (1 18) to move the another wind turbine component along the track (44).

1 1 . The method according to any of claims 7-10, wherein the powered drive device (1 18) is selectively coupleable to the transport system (40) in a first or second position, the method further comprising:

coupling the powered drive device (1 18) to the transport system (40) in the first position when moving a wind turbine component (42) vertically within the tower (18); and

coupling the powered drive device (1 18) to the transport system (40) in the second position when moving a wind turbine component (42) along the track (44).

12. A transport system (40) for moving a wind turbine component (42) into or out of a wind turbine (16) having a tower (18) with a door (26) for closing off an opening (90) through the tower (18), the transport system (40)

comprising:

a track (44) having a first end (78) configured to be positioned outside of the tower (18) and a second end (80) configured to be coupled to an inner wall (92) of the tower (18) such that the track (44) extends through the opening (90) in the tower (18);

a carriage (46) configured to be movably coupled to the track (44) and further configured to receive the wind turbine component (42) thereon for movement of the wind turbine component (42) into or out of the wind turbine (16) through the opening (90);

a powered drive device (1 18) configured to be coupled to the track

(44); and

a hoist assembly (160) configured to be coupled to a support structure (170, 172) of the tower (18) above the opening (90) in the tower (18) and above the wind turbine component (42), the hoist assembly (160) including a plurality of sheaves (162, 164, 174),

wherein the powered drive device (1 18) is configured to be operatively coupled to the hoist assembly (160) via one or more feed cables (124b, 126b) and operable to move the wind turbine component (42) vertically within the tower (18) and away from or toward the track (44).

13. The transport system (40) according to claim 12, further comprising one or more sheaves (156, 158) coupled to the track (44) adjacent the second end (80) for guiding the one or more feed cables (124b, 126b) from the powered drive device (1 18) to the hoist assembly (160).

14. The transport system (40) according to claim 13, further comprising one or more sheaves (150, 152) coupled to the track (44) adjacent the first end (78) for guiding the one or more feed cables (124b, 126b) from the powered drive device (1 18) toward the one or more sheaves (156, 158) at the second end (80) of the track (44).

15. The transport system (40) according to any of claims 12-14, wherein the powered drive device (1 18) is configured to be operatively coupled to the carriage (46) via one or more feed cables (124a, 126a) and operable to move the wind turbine component (42) along the track (44).

16. The transport system (40) according to claim 15, further comprising one or more sheaves (142, 144) coupled to the track (44) adjacent the second end (80) for guiding the one or more feed cables (124a, 126a) from the powered drive device (1 18) to the carriage (46).

17. The transport (40) system according to claim 16, further comprising one or more sheaves (146, 148) coupled to the track (44) adjacent the first end (78) for guiding the one or more feed cables (124a, 126a) from the powered drive device (1 18) toward the one or more sheaves (142, 144) at the second end (80) of the track (44).

18. The transport system (40) according to any of claims 15-17, wherein the powered drive device (1 18) is selectively coupleable to the track (44) in a first position and a second position, the powered drive device (1 18) configured to be coupled to the track (44) in the first position when moving the wind turbine component (42) vertically within the tower (18) and the powered drive device (1 18) configured to be coupled to the track (44) in the second position when moving the wind turbine component (42) along the track (44).

19. The transport system (40) according to any of claims 12-18, wherein the track (44) comprises a plurality of track segments (44a, 44b, 44c, 44d) which are configured to be coupled in an end-to-end fashion to form the track (44).

20. The transport system (40) according to any of claims 12-19, wherein the powered drive device (1 18) includes at least one winch system (120, 122).