EAWE Test Wind Turbines Committee (TWTC)
Motivation and objectives
Experimental experience is extremely important when it comes to understanding the behaviour of wind and wind turbines in research and in education. To be useful for experimental work, simulation model validation, controller design research and more, it is important to know the characteristics of the wind turbine (structural and aerodynamic properties, power electronics, the control design etc.). To have direct access to measurements is also a must. To fulfil all these conditions, it is almost necessary to own and operate a wind turbine by the university or research institute where data can be shared without commercial of competitive interest. It is also good if as many actors as possible can get access to these wind turbines to increase the quality of the research. A good network of operators and users of active test wind turbine can help in exchange of ideas, experiences, and increased visibility.
The objectives of the working group:
- Increased experience of wind turbine operation by academic partners, including students.
- Collect information of test wind turbines within in the academy.
- Make information exchange possible between academy test wind turbines operators and users.
- Increase the visibility and inter-university access to the test wind turbines.
- Provide measurement data that can be used for simulation model validation and benchmarking.
The work within the test turbine working group should consist of the following:
Collect and present information about:
- Available wind turbines, overview as well as available documentation of the turbine.
- Measurement possibilities, sensors, and sample time.
- Possibilities to make changes in the control of the wind turbine.
- Access conditions, supporting technician, time and costs.
The following shows a list of facilities of members of the Test Wind Turbine Committee
- alpha ventus, North Sea, Germany
- Chalmers wind turbine at Björkö, Göteborg, Sweden
- Center for Wind Power Drives (CWD), RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- The ETH Aventa research wind turbine facility, Switzerland
- IET & NCEPU wind turbine at Zhangbei County, China
- Flatirons Campus at NREL Boulder, Colorado, USA
- Saint Hilaire de Chaléons, Pays-de-la-Loire, France
- The OST test turbine, Winterthur, Switzerland
- WEICan Wind R&D Park, North Cape, Prince Edward Island, Canada
- WINSENT – wind science and engineering test site in complex terrain, Germany
- WiValdi - Research Wind Farm, Krummendeich, Germany
Download Facilities Overview PDF
|Facility Name||Location||Turbine testing 0-10 kW||Turbine testing 11-100 kW||Turbine testing 101-1000 kW||Turbine testing > 1000 kW||Component testing||Meteorological data||Turbine data||Open numerical model(s)||Open controller model||Turbine access||Data availability||Keywords||Link to pdf|
|alpha ventus||In the North Sea, north-northw||2 x 5MW (Senvion)
2 x 5MW (Adwen)
|Yes from measurment mast off||https://offshore.de/en/data.html|
|Center for Wind Power Drives (CWD)||Aachen University, Germany||4 MW nacelle test bench, grid emulator||FVA Nacelle on request/project based||YES||FVA Nacelle on request/project based||4 MW nacelle test, 20 MVA grid emulator|
|Chalmers test wind turbine||Björkö, Sweden||45 kW||since 1986||from 2021||Sims, FAST||YES||YES||Data on request||open control porgram, blade data|
|ECN Wind Turbine Test Facility Wieringermeer||Wieringermeer, the Netherlands||5 turbines of 2.5 MW||blade and rotor loads, power and meteorological data||YES||In PHATAS||No but measured rotor speed and pitch angle are provided||7 years of data, 10 minute averaged data but time series are available as well||(Very) flat polderland|
|Flatirons Campus||NREL, L Boulder, Colorado, USA||600 kW||1.5 MW 2.3 MW 2.0 MW||nacelle test bench, grid emulator||YES||YES||OpenFast BHawC||wakes, aeroelastic stability, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, wildlife, drivetrain|
|IET & NCEPU wind turbine at Zhangbei||China||100 kW||from 2014||in 2018||Bladed, Ansys Fluent||10 min met data, 50 Hz turbine data in short term||wind turbine aerodynamics|
|Saint Hilaire de Chaléons,||Pays-de-la-Loire, France||2.0 MW||YES||YES||YES||By NDA||noise reduction, life time extension|
|The ETH Aventa research wind turbine facility||Winterthur, Switzerland||6.5 KW||Blade Experimental Modal Analysis||LiDAR (Dec. 2021 - May 2022)||OpenFast||YES||https://zenodo.org/record/4972789#.YlfiKIvP271||numerical aerodynamic and structural models|
|The OST test turbine||Winterthur, Switzerland||6.5 kW||YES||OpenFast||YES||1 Hz data||testing measurement technology|
|WEICan Wind R&D Park||Prince Edward Island, Canada||5 x 2.0 MW||since 1987||YES||YES||1 Hz data||wind farm, flat terrain|
|WINSENT||Stöttener Berg, Germany||2 x 750 kW||since 2018||from 2023 ff.||YES||YES||YES||10 min met data, turbine data on request||complex terrain|
|WiValdi Research Wind Farm||Krummendeich, Germany||500 kW||2 x 4,26 MW||since 11/2020||YES||tbc||tbc||YES||YES||research wind farm, research on and with WTG and beyond|
The member list can be found on EAWE webpage, which is updated annually.