in News Departments > Products & Technologies
print the content item

Samsung's prototype 7 MW offshore wind turbine was delivered this week to the National Renewable Energy Centre's (Narec) new test facilities in Blyth, Northumberland, U.K.

Initially, Samsung's nacelle will be used to commission Narec's independent 15 MW-capacity test facility before a six-month testing program begins on the nacelle. During the test program, some of the harshest climatic conditions will be simulated within the Narec facility, including wind gusts of up to 150 mph, to ensure any performance issues can be identified and rectified before the technology is deployed offshore.

The 15 MW test facility opened earlier this summer and has been designed to support the industry’s drive to make offshore wind power generation more competitive with other energy sources through up-scaling the technology and reducing the costs associated with at-sea failures.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has invested 25 million British pounds in the facility through the design, development and commissioning of the indoor test rig by GE Energy-Power Conversion and MTS Systems Corp. The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies and the U.K. government.


Advertisement

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

Slow Turning: What's Stopping Individual Blade Pitch Control From Wider Acceptance?

Advances have made it feasible for wind turbine blades to adjust individually. However, other factors are preventing the technology's widespread use.


Deepwater Hits Financial Close For Block Island Wind Farm, Expects Summer Construction

The Providence, R.I.-based offshore wind developer becomes the first to financially close on a U.S.-based offshore wind project.


More Investors Entering Tax Equity Market; Returns Holding Steady

The entry of new tax equity investors to the wind space last year re-ignited an old debate.


Report: Top 10 Turbine OEMs Had Record Year In 2014

Preliminary findings suggest Vestas reigned supreme again among the world's leading wind turbine makers. How did some of the other OEMs fare?


AWEA's Gramlich To FERC: Additional Transmission Needed Regardless Of Clean Power Plan

To further build a more balanced and reliable electricity portfolio, the U.S. needs to build more transmission capacity.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015