Big list of Wind Turbines for RD&D

Let’s see if we can put together a big list of wind turbines that are accessible for startups and others to test new technologies, products, and services.

To make it usable, let’s try to keep it simple. Please include (if you can) the following:

  • the name of the facility
  • the rough location (please include country; in the USA, please include the state abbreviation as well)
  • anything about the size or power rating of the turbines
  • anything unique
  • a link or two to the facility’s home page

For example:

WINSENT complex terrain test site:

  • Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 2x 750 kW; hub 73 m, diameter 54 m.
  • “research scientists will have unrestricted access to the entire control system and the turbine design data at all times”

WINSENT: Developing a wind energy test facility in complex terrain – WindForS

https://www.zsw-bw.de/en/research/wind-energy/topics/research-test-field-winsent.html

Let’s push any long discussion of a specific wind turbine or facility to its own thread. You can use this link for that.

Bonus points for anyone who can tell me where the facility below is :slight_smile:


photo © Andy Clifton, 2012

I’ll get started…

WINSENT complex terrain test site:

  • Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 2x 750 kW; hub 73 m, diameter 54 m.
  • “research scientists will have unrestricted access to the entire control system and the turbine design data at all times”

https://www.windfors.de/en/projects/test-site/winsent/

https://www.zsw-bw.de/en/research/wind-energy/topics/research-test-field-winsent.html

Feel free to copy this format if you want to add a turbine!

ok, I continue:

RAVE (research at alpha ventus) offshore test site

  • North sea, Germany
  • 12x 5MW; 90m hub height; 126m rotor diameter
  • new and historic data of turbines is available through a data archive

General info about RAVE: Start - RAVE: Research at alpha ventus
Info how to get access to the data: Data - RAVE: Research at alpha ventus

Check this out: EAWE Test Wind Turbines Committee (TWTC)

Thanks @sarah.barber, and welcome!

For simplicity, here’s a copy of the content from the EAWE Test Wind Turbines Committee website:

It’s probably worth checking that site occasionally for updates.

I’ve added the information that people share to this map. I’ll update it as more is added.

Here is a more unusual entry for your list:

https://www.ict.fraunhofer.de/de/presse_mediathek/pressemitteilungen/2021/2021-12-13.html

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT (English - Fraunhofer ICT) in Pfinztal (South-Western Germany) is operating a research wind turbine together with a micro grid for battery research.
The turbine has a capacity of 2 MW and a hub height of 100 m.

Great, Thanks @Thomas_Simons! Crazy coincidence: I actually cycled down the Pfinztal yesterday on the way from Stuttgart to Karlsruhe for an ice cream, and wondered what a single turbine was doing on the top of the hill. Now I know :slight_smile:

There is an Offshore test site on Canary Island, Spain. They have already some test on going in floating Offshore turbines.

https://www.plocan.eu/en/test-site/

"Test Site

A 23km2 offshore test site for a wide range of marine technologies, with access to a unique ecosystem, to accelerate the understanding, sustainability, and responsible use of the marine environment in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It enables and contributes to accelerating the development of technologies and knowledge in the marine environment, with deep-sea observation systems in real conditions.

The test site is equipped with an electrical and communications infrastructure, consisting of two medium-voltage (5MW each) submarine cables, for connecting technologies that use natural resources to generate electricity. These cables supply the generated energy to the island’s power grid.

The competitive access to the test site is managed through the MARHIS aggregated infrastructure."

Thanks @Ignacio_SD! That’s a nice facility. It looks like we might need to add “Offshore hubs” or something similar to the map.