New test bench for 12MW nacelles

Danish research facilities Risø DTU and Lindoe Offshore Renewables Centre (LORC) plan to establish Europe's biggest test bench for wind turbine nacelles at the former Lind ø shipyard near Odense.

OSLO: The two institutions are joining forces to establish a drivetrain facility for turbines of up to 10-12 megawatts' (MW) capacity as a part of the drive to develop bigger offshore machines. The aim is to give the wind industry and research community the ability to test and develop components strong enough to work effectively in an offshore environment.

Henrik Bindslev, a director at Risø DTU, says the agreement will help the industry take a giant step forward on the size and reliability of turbines.

The planned test bench will have a capacity of 20MW - enough to simulate how a 10MW-12MW turbine will function in different circumstances. LORC is a new test centre for renewable energies founded by major players in the Danish industry, including Dong Energy, Skykon, Vestas and Siemens. It is chaired by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister.

Rasmussen says the test centre - which will cost an estimated DKr250m ($42.6m) and require financial support from the government and its commercial backers - can ensure that Denmark retains its leading position in the wind sector.