Two Vestas test centres have been designed in which to test the construction methods and design of prototype turbine blades. Ramboll has been in charge of the consultancy services for both centres.
Sustainability certification to the LEED standard
The test centre in Lem in Denmark, covering an area of approximately 3500 m2, comprises a research and development centre as well as a test laboratory. The building will be certified to the LEED standard and the aim is to obtain the classification "Platinum” - the highest level possible. LEED is an American certification standard for sustainability and is based on the American ASHRAE standards. According to Danish standards the building is in the low-energy class 2 (BR08).
The test centre on the Isle of Wight is certified according to the British BREEAM standard. This standard was applied due to British regulatory requirements. The aim has been to obtain the classification ”Excellent”.
Stress test and pre-production of future blades
On the Isle of Wight, the new test centre houses the headquarters of Vestas R&D in the UK. This test centre is almost double the size of that in Lem and covers an area of approximately 7000 m2. Besides office facilities the test centre comprises of two large test halls. One of the test halls is designed for the pre-production of future blades while the other is used to test those blades. The halls have been designed specifically for stress testing turbine blades, and have the capacity to test those measuring up to 100 metres in length. The blades for Vestas' future 7MW wind turbines measure 80 metres in length.
The consultancy services for the test centre is Lem have been carried out by Ramboll Denmark in Aarhus. Ramboll UK's offices in Winchester and Manchester have carried out the consultancy services for the Isle of Wight centre, with Ramboll Denmark as formal contractor and responsible for the overall coordination of the project.
Both projects have strengthened our mutual relations and provided a good basis for future cooperation.