Samsung 7MW nacelle arrives in UK

The nacelle under wraps in northeast England

The nacelle under wraps in northeast England

The nacelle for Samsung Heavy Industries' (SHI) prototype 7MW offshore wind turbine is set to begin a six-month programme of trials at the National Renewable Energy Centre’s (Narec) in northeast England, following its hook-up on the facility's new 15MW test bench.

Following commissioning of the £47m ($73.4m) GE-supplied rig, the S7.0-171 nacelle, built around a geared David Brown drive-train, will be put through its paces under extreme climatic conditions, including simulated gusts of up to 240km per hour.

"Delivery of Samsung’s nacelle as it brings us closer to seeing the next-generation technology becoming a reality," says Narec chief executive Andrew Mill.

“It also sends out a strong signal to the rest of the world that the UK is leading the way in implementing a more efficient route to market, a critical factor Log in to read complete article.

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