Demolishing the 162 meter high cooling tower with a remote controlled Excavator

Due to the closure of the Mülheim-Kärlich nuclear power plant, the 162-meter-high cooling tower had to be demolished, but considering the environmental factor, this could not be done by blasting. So how did it happen?


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A specially developed remotely controlled excavator was developed for this process. This excavator was mounted on the wall of the cooling tower with the help of a crane and its special skid legs. The excavator, which was hung on the wall thanks to sled legs, was controlled by a remote control system. Thanks to its hydraulic scissor attachment, the excavator tore apart the wall by rotating around the cooling tower from the top to the bottom.


cooling tower
cooling tower
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