Samsung Heavy Industries will test the drive train for their seven megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine at the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Northumberland, this summer.
The Samsung nacelle is being shipped to Narec where it will be used to commission the 15MW rated independent wind turbine nacelle test facility. This will be followed by a six month programme of testing where its performance will be monitored under simulated offshore operating conditions, including extreme wind events.
Andrew Mill, Chief Executive at Narec, said:
This is fantastic recognition for the team involved in getting the first independent test facility of this scale ready for the new breed of multi-megawatt offshore wind turbines. We are delighted that SHI has chosen to undertake performance and endurance testing in the controlled onshore laboratory at Narec as part of their design validation process.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is investing £25m in the Narec facility through the design, development, supplying and commissioning of the test rig by GE Energy-Power Conversion and MTS Systems Corporation.