UK’s first offshore turbine testing facility

The open access rig’s main function is to help the development of the British offshore wind industry. The rig will be sited in Northumberland and will be capable of testing complete drive trains and nacelles up to 15 MW. The ETI expects that it will be available for commercial testing from summer 2013. The test rig will be able to simulate the dynamic conditions that wind turbines would expect to see when installed offshore. Until now, the UK has no full turbine test facility, but has the biggest wind resources in Europe.

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