Test station opens in eastern Germany

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A new test station for wind turbines, the third in Germany and the first in the east, has now been officially running for two months. It was opened on May 28 by the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern economic affairs minister, Jürgen Seidel. The facility was set up by engineering company Wind-Consult in Admannshagen-Bargeshagen in the district of Bad Doberan.

The test station, which received support from the ministry towards infrastructure and equipment, is run by a new company, Wind-Consult Messfeld, while technical measurement and supervision of the facility are in the hands of Wind-Consult, based in Bargeshagen.

At the moment five turbines with 500 kW or 600 kW capacities are in operation on the test field: a Tacke Windtechnik TW 600e, an Enercon E40, an AN Bonus 600 kW, a Vestas V54 and a Nordtank 600 kW. Wind-Consult had hoped to have space for testing ten machines but this plan was foiled by a local protest group and five machines is now the limit. The company is looking for another site on which to expand. Wind-Consult already carries out measuring at around ten other sites in Germany as well as abroad, at Gotland in Sweden, in China, Portugal and Ireland.

Wind-Consult has a licence to carry out turbine noise measurement in Denmark and expects to receive the equivalent licence to operate as a noise emissions facility in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern shortly. Since October 1996, the company is officially accredited as a wind test laboratory by the Deutsches Akkreditierungssystem Prüfwesen (DAP).

Wind-Consult was set up in 1990, the year of German unification, as a private engineering office, but later changed its company structure. It is now celebrating its fifth year as a private limited company. Over the last four years it has carried out a range of wind related consultancy and other activities. In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern it runs a solar and wind speed measuring station (with a 60 metre weather mast) for the environment organisation Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and also administers the now expiring 250 MW federal wind energy programme in eastern Germany. It employs 12 people, nine of whom are engineers or physicists.

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