Goldwind Americas has completed the installation of its GW 3MW(S) Smart Wind turbine test unit at the UL Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility located at West Texas A&M University. The scalable 3 MW test turbine has an assembled hub height of 130 m and a blade tip height of 199.2 m, reportedly making it the tallest wind turbine in the United States.
The onshore GW 3MW(S) prototype features scalable rated capacity of up to 3.57 MW and a rotor diameter of 136 m. The platform’s structured design maintains Goldwind’s Permanent Magnet Direct Drive (PMDD) turbine technology and incorporates attributes from the GW 1.5 and GW 2.5 MW platforms, the company states.
Goldwind utilized LM Wind Power for the supply of the blades and Broadwind Energy for the supply of tower components.
The GW 3MW(S) was officially launched in October 2016 at the China Windpower Exhibition, with the first prototype in China grid-connected in January 2017 in Zhangbei Grassland, Hebei Province, China. The GW 3MW(S) at West Texas A&M is the first prototype the company has installed and tested outside of its headquarters in China. The U.S.-based prototype will be fully commissioned and testing will commence by May 2018.
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