HORIBA Wins Design Contract for 15MW UK Wind Turbine Drive Train System

15 March 2010


HORIBA's wind turbine test solution has been selected as one of two designs for the Phase I Engineering Design Contract of the world's largest open-access offshore wind turbine test facility.  The UK's Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), acting on behalf of NaREC (The New and Renewable Energy Center), chose the HORIBA/Ricardo collaborative concept based on HORIBA's decades of on-road drive train testing solutions, as well as Ricardo's experience in wind industry turbine development.

 

This 15MW-capable onshore test stand will be unlike anything that exists today, allowing wind engineers to fine-tune turbine drive trains before offshore deployment.  "our solution is a test stand that can accurately recreate dynamic in-field events and simulate the complete fatigue life of the wind turbine drive train", commented Norm Newberger, Manager of Drivetrain R&D.  "This level of dynamic simulation is exactly what has been missing from the development test performed today in the wind industry."

 

If chosen by ETI as the winning design of Phase I, the team will be given the opportunity to advance to final construction in Phase II.


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