Windtech: Turbine certification: Biggest European testing centre

Work has begun on what will become the largest site for wind-turbine prototyping and certification in Europe.

Based at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and operated by Ecofys Wind Turbine Testing Services (WWTS), the project will cost EUR1.5 million and will be funded by Ecofys' shareholder, Dutch energy company Eneco. The site should be fully operational by the end of 2011. The first turbine for STX Windpower was due to be up and running by the end of December, with the first measurement campaigns planned for the start of 2011, according to Michiel Muller, managing director of WWTS. Muller says other turbines are due to be erected on the site this year. The accredited measurement services will be certified by Ecofys in collaboration with the German testing institute Windtest Grevenbroich. When the site is completed it will be able to service up to ten turbines with 200-metre tip heights, according to Ecofys WWTS.

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