The German government and State of Bremen, Germany, have announced the establishment of a new scientific testing facility in Bremerhaven, according to the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES).
The Dynamic Nacelle Laboratory (DyNaLab) for wind turbines is being jointly funded by the federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the State of Bremen and the European Fund for Regional Development. IWES is responsible for the planning, construction and operation of the facility.
DyNaLab is expected to start up in 2014. The facility will cover an area of about 2,000 square meters and will enable state-of-the-art nacelles with drive powers from 2 MW to 7.5 MW to be tested, according to IWES.
The carrying out of tests in the laboratory and on the wind turbine under near-real conditions will promote the development of efficient and reliable wind turbines, according to IWES.