National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC)

Blade Testing Facilities


Narec is the UK’s national research centre for accelerating grid integration of renewable energy systems and catalysing the development and deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy generation technologies.

Narec has undertaken independent testing of wind turbine blades up to 50m in length for a number of leading manufacturers since opening our  rst facility in 2005. A new facility capable of testing blades up to 100m is being built for the offshore wind industry and will be commissioned in early 2012.

Prototype rig development is also underway to enable the testing of tidal turbine blades developed for the capture of marine renewable energy.

Narec performs structural testing of blades in accordance with IEC and ISO standards or customer requirements. The existing Blade Test Facility 1 is accredited to ISO17025 by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Accreditation to ISO17025 is planned for Blade Test Facility 2, once operational. Dynamic and static tests are undertaken and can include the determination of natural frequencies, modal analysis, postfatigue and collapse assessments.

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