Danes stretch turbine test fields
More locations, higher tips approved for Osterild, Hovsore
The Danish government has agreed plans for four new wind turbine locations at the Osterild and Hovsore onshore test sites in west Jutland.
The deal pushes the total number of slots available to 16 and also establishes new taller tip heights of 330 metres at Osterild and 200 metres at Hovsore.
Industry minister Brian Mikkelsen said the decision supports Denmark’s role as a "competitive advanced manufacturing country" in wind energy.
Two new sites to the south of the existing Osterild array will push total test slots to nine. Hovsore will get an extra slot on both the north and south side of the existing five locations.
Environmental and other approvals will be tackled in 2017-18 with new test turbines to be in place from 2019.
Onshore and offshore wind turbines from major manufacturers including Siemens, Vestas, Nordex and GE have featured or will soon be deployed at the test sites.
Image: an MHI Vestas prototype at the Osterild test centre in Denmark (MHI Vestas)