IWES tests Adwen’s 8 MW drive train

Thursday, 8 October, 2015 - 11:45
The DyNaLab test stand is one of the world’s largest. (Photo: Adwen)
The DyNaLab test stand is one of the world’s largest. (Photo: Adwen)

Adwen and Fraunhofer IWES have signed an agreement to test the drive train for Adwen’s 8 MW turbine at IWES´s DyNaLab test stand in Bremerhaven.

The DyNaLab (Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory) is one of the world’s largest and the most versatile test facility for nacelle testing. It is to be inaugurated on October 20th. Fraunhofer IWES has invested around € 35 million over the past years to design and build the facility. “We expect to offer the wind industry valuable support for a more reliable design process and faster secure market introduction of new wind turbines,” says Jan Wenske, Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IWES.

The testing for Adwen, to be carried out from December 2015, will cover mechanical testing on the integral chain of drive train components. By simulating operational conditions but as well offshore conditions for extreme and fatigue loads, a critical move forward will be achieved in the verification of gearbox, bearings, couplings, shaft, generator and converter. The process will allow individual and fully integrated subsystems’ validation as well as complete drive train operation at full power, paramount for de-risking before prototype erection in 2016.

Adwen’s 8 MW turbine has already been selected for a pipeline of projects reaching almost 1.5 GW. Its serial production is scheduled to start in 2018, at Adwen’s industrial sites in France and Germany. Maite Basurto, Chief Technology Officer of Adwen says: “The IWES DyNaLab test stand is an invaluable asset for the wind industry. Adwen immediately chose to take advantage of this opportunity: IWES’ DyNaLab testing is a complementary step in our extensive validation programme. It will contribute to having a faster certification process and finally a more reliable turbine available in serial production in 2018”.

Katharina Garus / Adwen

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