Largest Wind Turbine in the U.S. Erected at WTAMU

 

May 8, 2018

CONTACT: Tracy Helbert, 806-651-2727, thehelbert@wtamu.edu

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, bcastillo@wtamu.edu

 

Largest Wind Turbine in the U.S. Erected at WTAMU

CANYON, Texas— With a hub height of 130 meters (426.5 feet), a blade tip height of 199.2 meters (653.5 feet) and a rotor diameter of 136 meters (446.2 feet), the largest wind turbine in the United States has successfully been installed at West Texas A&M University.

Developed by Goldwind Americas, a world leading wind turbine technology and energy solutions provider, the GW 3S prototype is the first to be installed and tested outside of its headquarters in China. It features scalable rated capacity of up to 3.57 megawatts, smart turbine controls and a structured design.

“The newest model in Goldwind’s portfolio of turbines continues to push the technology envelope and define what is possible in the wind industry,” Reinhard Sander, vice president of engineering and technology for Goldwind Americas, said. “This allows our customers to maximize project economics with a larger nameplate design at a greater hub height while benefiting from the scalability and adaptability of the 3 megawatt platform.”

The U.S.-based prototype will be fully commissioned and testing this month at the UL Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility at WTAMU, a unique collaboration between UL and WTAMU.

“The facility, located in the middle of the Great Plains Wind Corridor, is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is a premiere location for wind testing and research,” Dr. Angela Spaulding, vice president of research at WTAMU, said. “Due to year-round favorable wind conditions, turnaround time at the facility is unparalleled, making it the ideal testing and research resource for wind turbine and component manufacturers, researchers, project developers, utilities and other companies within the wind energy sector.”

Included in the testing program processes are certification of wind turbines and components, consultations and data collection. Byron Neal, director of the UL Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility at WTAMU, conducts these various faucets of testing in cooperation with wind manufacturers like Goldwind Americas.

“We are excited to be working with Goldwind on the 3S Smart Wind Turbine platform,” Neal said. “Our state-of-the-art facility has a great wind resource that is ideal for prototype testing. This project with Goldwind should continue to bring attention to Canyon and the region.”

This collaboration allows WTAMU faculty and students to be actively involved in wind technology research and to provide an invaluable resource for the wind energy sector. Ultimately, this addition creates a powerhouse of economic opportunity and sustainability for the region.

“Wind energy and agriculture are a sympathetic combination of energy generation and a need in the top 26 counties of Texas,” Dr. Walter Wendler, president of WTAMU, said. “For many small farmers and ranchers, wind energy provides a means of sustaining family farms and ranches. Agriculture and engineering are very near the heart of the mission of WTAMU, and we are pleased to be the site for testing of this groundbreaking technology.”

Additional information for the UL Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility at WTAMU or faculty researchers can be viewed online. For more information about UL’s wind services for large and small wind turbines and supply chain components, please visit ul.com/wind. To learn about Goldwind’s 3S Smart Wind turbine, visit goldwindamericas.com/gw3s.

 

—WTAMU—


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