- Indoor turbine test rig based at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) in Northumberland
- Designed to allow the whole offshore wind drivetrain to be tested onshore before deployment offshore
Two consortia, GE Energy Power Conversion / MTS and Horiba, were commissioned to deliver competing technical designs for an indoor test rig capable of testing a complete wind turbine drive train and nacelle.
GE Energy Power Conversion and MTS were subsequently commissioned to design, develop and commission the test rig, which is sited at OREC in Blyth, Northumberland. We invested over £25m in the project, in partnership with Innovate UK who funded the Narec building and supportive infrastructure at Blyth.
The test rig was designed to allow the whole turbine nacelle to be tested, in a purpose-built, onshore test facility before being exposed to the challenging offshore conditions. This helped reduce the technical and commercial risks of mass production and deployment.