Vestas' giant rotor blades to be sent for testing in Bremerhaven

German wind institute Fraunhofer IWES will test the huge blades for Vestas' 15MW V236 wind turbines in Bremerhaven.

Fraunhofer IWES' new facilities are capable of testing rotor blades measuring up to 120 meters. | Photo: Fraunhofer IWES/Nils Glinka

The test bench being built by Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems in Bremerhaven will be able to handle rotor blades spanning 120m. A large portion of this capacity will be needed later this year when the institute will test the 115.5m rotor blades for Vestas' 15MW V236 turbine.

Vestas will thus be the first to try out the test bench, which can perform both full-scale biaxial tests and segment testing of rotor blades.

"Even after more than 30 successfully completed test campaigns, a rotor blade measuring more than 115 meters still represents a special challenge for us that requires particularly close cooperation between all those involved," says Head of Department Rotor Blades at Fraunhofer IWES Steffen Czichon:

"We are delighted to have been able to secure in Vestas a long-time partner as the first customer for our new test bench."

The institute expects to initiate testing of the rotor blades this fall.

"We look forward to conducting the rotor blade test we need for our V236-15.0 MW™ prototype with a rotor diameter of 236 meters together with Fraunhofer IWES, with the aim of being able to start the serial production planned for 2024 assuredly," says Chief Specialist of Test & Verification at Vestas Christian Fenselau.

The test bench is partially funded by a grant of EUR 14.8m from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Vestas plans prototype installation of world's tallest, most powerful wind turbine

New Vestas turbine selected for 2.1GW US offshore wind 

LM Wind Power manufactures first recyclable thermoplastic wind turbine blade 

More from EnergyWatch

WindEurope warns against negative auction bids

If more countries introduce negative bids, where firms pay to establish wind projects, it could lead to higher electricity bills or more pressure on the supply chain, says the industry association.

BW Offshore halved bottom line in Q1

The Norwegian firm reports decline in several items compared to the same quarter of 2021 but predicts fine advancement in the rest of 2022, for which both floating wind projects and high energy prices show promise.

Equinor exits Russia

Norwegian oil company Equinor has taken its final step out of the Russian market by transferring joint venture assets to Rosneft.

Further reading

Related articles

Latest News

See all jobs