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Danish wind sector wants test center for 400-meter turbines

Additional, larger test locations are needed to keep up with Denmark's development pace, states an industry report. Wind Denmark plans to enter talks with policy makers and interested municipalities.

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In December, Siemens Gamesa set a new record for wind turbine height in Denmark. This meant beating its own record by a margin, as the prototype of the 11-MW offshore wind turbine installed last winter at test center Østerild had its blades replaced, bringing its rotor diameter from 193 to 200 meters and its tip height to 240 meters.

Now, however, the turbine maker and the rest of the leaders on the Danish market have bigger goals, literally: A new report from research and development platform Megavind concludes that there is a need to expand the current 16 test locations in the country to at least 20, and to authorize the sites for establishment of significantly taller turbines. Up to 400 meters, in fact.

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