Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has begun construction of what the company says will be the world’s largest wind turbine blade test stand.
Located in Aalborg, Denmark, the site will be capable of performing full-scale tests on the next generations of SGRE rotor blades. It is expected to be fully operational before the end of this year.
This significant R&D investment will represent additional savings for SGRE’s clients in the future, the company notes. The giant structure in Aalborg will have more steel rebar reinforcement per square meter than a wind turbine foundation.
“The first tests will be on the 94-meter-long blades for the SG 10.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine, which are almost the same length as one soccer field. We are, however, building the test stand to accommodate the blade sizes that we will see in the future,” says Vicente García Muñoz, head of validation means management at SGRE.