RISE and ECN set up test centre for wind energy in cold climate

Tuesday May 30, 2017 11:20

Swedish research institute RISE and ECN will jointly set up a test centre in Sweden, where the global wind industry can test their equipment in cold climate conditions.

Cold climate areas offer a great potential for wind power worldwide. However, cold temperatures and ice demand reliable, proven technology. To achieve this a cold climate test centre for the wind industry is needed.

The two institutes will provide:

  • a test centre in the northern part of Sweden for full-scale testing, research, verification and certification of new generations of wind turbines and subsystems in cold climate;

  • qualified services such as test and validation services, data collection, measurements, monitoring and field services of test and prototype turbines, but also test and validation of sub systems and components to the global wind industry.

Together, the two organisations have extensive experience in wind energy and testing activities. Their strengths complement each other and together they form an ideal team for developing such a unique cold climate facility.

RISE already operates field facilities in cold conditions in Sweden and has a long experience in measurement, testing and validation. ECN has its own full-scale wind turbine test centre, an accredited measurement team, and over 40 years of dedicated R&D in wind energy.

Operated by RISE, the test centre will be located in a place with excellent conditions for testing wind turbines, turbine components and sub systems in cold climate. Now work is continuing to determine which location best meets the meteorological and geographic requirements of the test centre.

For more information please visit the Cold Climate website.

Category: Corporate, Wind Energy