Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC)

MassCEC's WTTC offers a full suite of certification tests for turbine blade sections up to 90 meters in length  

Windblade testing at Wind Technology Testing Center

Why Test Turbine Blades?

Wind turbine blade testing is a critical factor in maintaining high levels of reliability and evaluating the latest technological developments in airfoils and materials. Blade testing is required as part of turbine certification to meet international design standards including IEC, GL and DNV. Meeting international standards allows developers to mitigate the technical and financial risk of deploying mass-produced wind turbines. 

WTTC Experience

Since opening in 2011, Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) has run 35 distinct blade testing programs entailing hundreds of individual blade tests. WTTC is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited Laboratory and a RETL (Renewable Energy Testing Laboratory) per the IECRE rules and procedures to test wind turbine blades. The WTTC’s technical team includes experienced blade test engineers and technicians. WTTC is innovating and constantly improving testing methods to better represent field operations in the lab and to improve testing efficiency for wind industry partners.

 

Partnerships

Turbine manufacturers

  • General Electric
  • Siemens-Gamesa
  • Vestas

Blade manufacturers

  • LM Windpower
  • Blade Dynamics

Researchers

  • Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Sandia National Labs
  • UMass
  • Georgia Tech
  • CCNY 

Blade Testing At WTTC

WTTC offers the latest wind turbine blade testing and prototype development methodologies to help the wind industry deploy the next generation of offshore and land-based wind turbine technologies.

  • Full suite of multi-axis static and fatigue tests per IEC61400-23 standard, representing 20 years of field operation for the blades
  • Three test stands and 100-ton overhead bridge crane capacity
  • Blade material testing
  • Prototype development and blade repair capabilities
  • Research and development partnerships
  • Hands-on workforce training
  • Strong commitment to client intellectual property protection
  • Located on a deepwater port to accept all blade sizes