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Wind Turbine Research Validation

Photo of a large wind turbine blade sticking out of the structural testing laboratory; it is perpendicular to a building at the National Wind Technology Center.

A multimegawatt wind turbine blade extends outside of the structural testing facility at the NWTC. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL 19010

Validation capabilities at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) support the installation and evaluation of wind turbines that range in size from 400 watts to 5 megawatts. Engineers provide wind industry manufacturers, developers, and operators with turbine and component research validation that ensures performance and reliability. Prototype research is especially important to capture manufacturing flaws. The NWTC staff conducts research on components in laboratory environments and on turbines in the field to produce data that can be used to certify and validate turbine designs. Evolving over more than 30 years, and with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, the NWTC has developed equipment, methods, and data acquisition to foster wind technology research and validation.

We offer capabilities in structural research, drivetrain research, grid integration, and field research validation. The capabilities are supported by world-class research validation facilities.