New test station for low winds.

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The first wind turbine test station in inland Germany is to be set up on a disused coal tip near Grevenbroich in North Rhine Westfalia (NRW)s. Windtest Grevenbroich will be owned by NRW, the district of Neuss and the town of Grevenbroich. They are working together with the certification company Germanischer Lloyd and major electricity utility RWE Energie in a structure and organisation similar to the existing Windtest station at Kaiser-Wilhelm Koog on the North Sea coast, which will co-operate closely with its inland partner, "so that large projects can be carried out," says Bernhard Richter of Germanischer Lloyd. The Grevenbroich site has space for around eight machines and good wind conditions, according to Richter. Megawatt class turbines will get priority. A staff of eight will monitoring the turbines for, among other things, their grid compatibility and noise emissions. They will also provide consultancy and expert reports on renewable energies both in Germany and abroad.

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