All AREVA 5 MW wind turbines to be tested in Bremerhaven

AREVA will test its M5000 5 MW offshore wind turbines in the new full load test bench in Bremerhaven, Germany, to check the functionality under nominal load conditions of all assembled nacelles prior to commissioning.

By Kari Williamson

The AREVA Group invested €15 million in the full-scale 5 MW wind turbine test bench for quality assurance, in addition to public subsidies from the Federal state Bremen and the German Federation.

One full load test run of a complete wind turbine nacelle, including electrical power train, takes up to 48 hours without set-up time.

AREVA says the full load wind turbine test facility could reduced failure rates and thereby minimise economical risk, and ensure high availability just after commissioning.

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