NREL to dedicate new Dynamometer Test Facility for wind turbines Tuesday

By: InnovatioNews Monday November 18, 2013 0 comments Tags: DOE, Golden, Louisville, NREL, wind turbines

NREL logoGOLDEN - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Department of Energy will dedicate a new Dynamometer Test Facility at NREL's National Wind Technology Center on Nov. 19.

The new facility offers industry engineers the unique opportunity to conduct a wide range of tests on the mechanical and electrical power systems of wind turbines.

As one of the largest dynamometers in the world, the new facility will test wind turbine drivetrains with capacity ratings up to 5 megawatts (MW), NREL said.

The NREL facility uses a hydraulic device that simulates the rotation and bending that a wind turbine rotor places on a drivetrain.

The dynamometer is also connected to a controllable grid interface that can simulate the power grid and help system engineers better understand how wind turbines react to grid disturbances, NREL said.

Tuesday's dedication begins at 12:30 p.m., with a dedication ceremony from 1-2 p.m.

The facility is located at 18299 W. 120th Ave. in Louisville.

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