Swiss engineering company ABB is to aid the innovation of wind turbines by allowing a key research centre to conduct highly accelerated life tests of components, subjecting them to punishing conditions.
ABB will install a multidrive system at the National Renewable Energy Center (CENER) in northern Spain.
CENER has six priority areas, one of which is wind power, for which it claims to have the most modern laboratories and facilities in Europe, and includes a uniquely equipped wind turbine test factory.
The 30,000 square metre wind turbine laboratory comprises five test centers in which turbine blades, powertrains and composite materials are tested for manufacturers, wind farm developers and finance institutions.
ABB’s ACS 6000 multidrive controls the motors that power the test benches, providing loan and stress to simulate a long operating turbine life.
Launched in 1999, ABB said the ACS 6000 is one of the world’s most successful multidrives for medium voltage applications.
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