New test site for wind turbines

 Teamwork: GL Garrad Hassan, GEO Gesellschaft für Energie und Oekologie mbH and Bürgerwindpark Janneby eG joined forces to develop the new test site. (Photo: GL Garrad Hassan)
Teamwork: GL Garrad Hassan, GEO Gesellschaft für Energie und Oekologie mbH and Bürgerwindpark Janneby eG joined forces to develop the new test site. (Photo: GL Garrad Hassan)

Schleswig-Holstein is able to boast a new test centre for wind turbines. The site developed by GL Garrad Hassan, GEO Gesellschaft für Energie und Oekologie mbH and Bürgerwindpark Janneby eG received final building approval at the beginning of May. Work can now commence on erection of the first turbines. Actual testing is expected to begin at the end of the year.

The site is intended to permit manufacturers to test the prototypes of new onshore wind turbines. Eight test beds are available for turbines up to a height of 150 m. The average wind speed at 100 m is 7.1 m/s, which corresponds to IEC Class 2.

Users of the test site are able to request corresponding services from GL Garrad Hassan. The options include wind speed measurements and measurements of power curves, mechanical loads, acoustic parameters, power quality and grid support in case of voltage dips. It is also planned to use the site for the testing of LIDAR systems.

“In the rapidly developing wind energy industry, extensive prototype testing is essential for manufacturers looking to bring new products to the market. Working with globally recognised independent consultants demonstrates to potential clients the verifiable technical quality of a product, which, combined with certification, is essential in the industry today,” said Volker Koehne, country manager for Germany at GL Garrad Hassan.

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