Offshore Wind Majors Book Danish Turbine Test Sites

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the operator of the national test centres for large wind turbines at Østerild and Høvsøre, has just completed the tender process for the rental of the new test stands.

DTU has put out to tender the rental of four new test stands that are available as a result of the forthcoming expansion, and a renewal of the lease of an existing test stand at Høvsøre.

The two new test stands at Østerild go to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Envision Energy. The two new test stands at Høvsøre have been awarded to GE Renewable Energy and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Vestas has won the tender for the existing test stand at Høvsøre.

Companies from all over the world have submitted proposals on how they would use the test stands, which have permission for the erection of turbines up to 330 metres at Østerild and 200 metres at Høvsøre.

Throughout the whole tendering process there has been great interest and there were a total of eleven bids received, DTU said.

Commenting on the process, Deputy Head of Department at DTU Wind Energy Peter Hjuler Jensen, said: ”All the bids were highly qualified and contained technologically relevant and exciting proposals for research and test activities at the test centres, and thus we apologize that we could not meet all the bids. This bodes well for the future and can help to ensure that Denmark will continue to be at the forefront at a global level in the research and development of wind technology.”

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