24 Apr '11, 2am

Europe's Largest Wind Turbine Test Facility Now Open

Europe's Largest Wind Turbine Test Facility Now Open

Located on the leafy campus of Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, Test Site Lelystad is scheduled to start testing the next generation of wind turbines later this month. Day-to-day management of the purpose-built 3,000-acre site is contracted out to Dutch company Ecofys, which has created a new company called Ecofys Wind Turbine Testing Services (WTTS) especially for the purpose. Lelystad has already entered into agreements with several wind energy companies eager to make use of its services. So eager, in fact, that the site is already fully booked for the next seven years. “The first turbine is expected to be operational by the end of March 2011. Another seven turbines are expected to follow during the course of 2011, while the last four turbines will be erected in 2012,” says Michiel Müller, Managing Director of Ecofys WTTS and Site Manager at ...

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