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Adwen begins testing drivetrain for 8MW wind turbine

CTBR Staff Writer Published 06 June 2016

Adwen, a 50/50 JV between Areva and Gamesa, has started testing the AD 8-180 drivetrain at a Fraunhofer IWES facility in Germany.

The company said the tests of the AD 8-180 drivetrain at IWES Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory (DyNaLab) in Bremerhaven are paramount to lower the field test campaign and speed-up the certification of the turbine.

Adwen plans to install a complete AD 8-180 nacelle in a prototype in Bremerhaven by the end of this year.

Fraunhofer IWES inaugurated its DyNaLab nacelle testing plant in October last year. Adwen started works at the site in late 2015 with the assembly and commissioning of the electrical system.

At the test facility, operational conditions are simulated to test for extreme loads and fatigue loads and the key components will be validated. The test run will also help in validating individual, as well as fully integrated subsystems and the complete drivetrain operation at full power.

After the first part of the full drivetrain test process, a complete AD 8-180 nacelle will be installed on a prototype being assembled at Bremerhaven and will be transported to IWES DyNaLab.

Adwen chief technology officer Maite Basurto said: "This is an extremely important step forward in our comprehensive validation program.

"We have the opportunity to test core systems of the wind turbine in a world leading facility and this will contribute to certify the turbine faster and ensure it achieves the highest performance."