The only independent wind turbine testing site in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein will soon be ready to accept its first wind turbines, according to renewable energy consultancy GL Garrad Hassan.
The test field is being designed for the assessment of new onshore wind turbine prototypes – a crucial step in obtaining certification for a new product. The site comprises eight test beds and meets IEC Class II wind condition classification. The average annual wind speed is 7.1m/s at 100 meters high. The testing phase can run for up to five years for turbines up to 150 meters high.
The test field – which is being developed by GL Garrad Hassan, Gesellschaft fur Energie und Oekologie mbH and Burgerwindpark Janneby – received final building approval and will launch testing activities at the end of this year.
The opening of the Janneby site will mark the first return of independent testing facilities for wind turbines in Schleswig-Holstein since the end of the 1990s, according to GL Garrad Hassan.
Manufacturers that choose to use the test field will be able to use GL Garrad Hassan's full range of services, including wind measurements, acoustic, power performance, load, power quality and low-voltage ride-through measurements. A LIDAR test site is also planned.