Siemens (NYSE: SI) has opened two new research and development test facilities for wind turbine technology in Denmark. Together, the two facilities form the world’s largest research and development test center for wind turbine technology.
A test center in Brande features test stands for major components of Siemens wind turbines, including generators, main bearings and complete nacelles. The second center, located in Aalborg, has seven blade test stands capable of performing full-scale tests of rotor blades, including a 75-meter blade that is the largest blade currently in operation.
The Brande facility is capable of testing Siemens’ D6 direct drive platform, which has a six MW rated capacity, and is prepared to test even larger turbines, while the Aalborg facility is prepared to test even larger blades than the 75-meter B75 blade already in operation.
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