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Grand opening of the LORC nacelle testing facility

Friday 12 Sep 14

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The new test facility will be jointly run by DONG Energy, Vestas Wind Systems, Siemens Wind Power, and DTU.

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A new test facility for offshore wind turbines inaugurated at the former Lindø Shipyard.

55 years after the opening of the Odense Shipyard by A.P. Møller, his granddaughter Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla inaugurated the new nacelle testing facility at LORC (Lindoe Offshore Renewables Center). The ceremony was attended by more than 200 guests and marked a new era at the former shipyard, which now houses several companies from the wind turbine industry.

The new test centre was developed in close collaboration with both industry and academia, and is among the world’s largest with a capacity to test nacelles of up to 10 MW. The design is unique and is capable of testing nacelles—including the hub—where the turbine blades are generally fitted. This means that tests can be carried out with the nacelle's pitch system and software intact.

LORC Nacelle Testing is the first test centre in the world to allow such realistic indoor testing of nacelles—by mimicking the extreme conditions offshore wind turbines are subjected to out on the open sea.

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