30 Dec '13, 4pm

New NREL Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

New NREL Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

New Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines December 26, 2013 Enlarge image NREL engineer Scott Lambert (left) and Project Manager Mark McDade discuss calibrations being done on the new dynamometer at the 5-MW Dynamometer Test Facility at NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). Credit: Dennis Schroeder Premature failures of mechanical systems have a significant impact on the cost of wind turbine operations and thus the total cost of wind energy. Recently, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) took a giant step forward in the quest for more reliable, lower-cost wind power with the addition of the new 5-megawatt (MW) Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) . The new facility dramatically expands the capability of NWTC engineers and their industry partners to verify the performance and reliability of wind tur...

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