New NREL Facility Tests Wind Turbine Performance

January 28, 2014

Just how hard are the winds blowing? The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is trying to find out with their new facility.
The National Wind Technology Center is using a new $16 million dynamometer to test how wind turbines perform. The 5-megawatt dynamometer test facility is the newest addition at the center.


The new facility is an upgrade from a 2.5-megawatt dynamometer at the center.


"As wind turbines have gotten bigger and bigger, we needed a bigger test facility," said center director Fort Felker.


The facility was financed through a U.S. Department of Energy grant. Using a variety of gears and drive shafts, and a 6-megawatt motor, the machine can simulate various wind conditions and drive the turbine at top speeds for long periods — a key manufacturing test.


Source: The Denver Post

What Our Clients are Saying

  • “Since the installation we cannot say enough great things about [the] company. Not only were installers professional and efficient, but there was no interference with our day to day production during installation. We immediately have noticed a savings in our energy bills.”
    -Justin Kelly, Tompkins Industries Inc.
    Learn More
  • “Worldwide Energy was very professional through the whole process. They handled everything from start to finish. I would highly recommend Worldwide Energy to anyone looking to improve their lighting and control utility costs. They take care of everything, it’s easy.”
    -Shawn Wakeman, Frank Ancona Honda
    Learn More
  • “Our project was completed in a timely manner with excellent results. All changes requested were completed and the crew was willing to do whatever it took to make us happy.”
    -Bill Keefer, Westlake Ace Hardware
    Learn More
  • “After considering several companies, we selected Worldwide Energy to do our lighting retrofit, primarily because their proposal was total turnkey and provided the most complete level of service.”
    -Mike Gonnerman, ROM Corporation
    Learn More
Ⓒ 2022 Worldwide Energy

Stay up to date with us

apartmentuserscrossmenucheckmark-circle linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram