GE (NYSE: GE)’s Power Conversion will be constructing and commissioning of one of the world’s most advanced facilities to test wind turbine nacelles with an output power of up to 10 MW, according to the company.
GE has signed a turnkey contract with the Lindoe Offshore Renewables Center, a Danish center for testing renewable energy technology, to build the facility in the Lindø Industrial Park on Funen, Denmark’s fourth-largest island. The facility will be ready for its first tests in 2014.
The function tester will incorporate GE’s drivetrain, grid simulation, control systems and foundation work. The medium-voltage inverter system is a further development of GE’s existing MV7000 series, based on GE technology using dynamic control properties and low grid interference.
The new nacelle tester will allow LORC to test the functionality and performance of wind turbine nacelles by using a specially designed adapter that enables the turbine hub and all field operational software and hardware, including pitch control, to be included in the test. According to GE, the facility will open up a range of opportunities to test wind turbine controllers inside the nacelle, using test conditions at 33 kV level.
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