Cutting time to market
LORC focuses on advanced systematic testing of technology for the offshore wind energy sector. The substantial cost of offshore installations means that industry cannot wait for turbines, substructures and components to prove themselves in service – turbines and other technology must be fully tested and validated prior to deployment.
Testing is all about reliability and cutting time-to-market and thus cutting cost-of-energy.
LORC believes that highly specialized centres for testing and demonstration are vital in order to identify technological opportunities that can contribute to the competitiveness of offshore renewable energy relative to conventional energy sources. This includes improved manufacturing processes to reduce the costs related to the harvesting of renewable energy offshore.
LORC has several testing and demonstration facilities available:
Lindoe Welding Technology, co-owned with FORCE Technology, is a commercial fabrication lab providing an open facility where industry and academia are able to gain hands-on experience with a 32 kW high-power laser system. Lindoe Welding Technology focuses on new production methods that can reduce material and energy costs. Read more here.
LORC Component and Substructure Testing is under establishment with the first phase of construction resulting in a strong floor for large-scale mechanical testing of materials, foundation structures and components. In addition, LORC plans to build a very large climatic chamber for the testing of cooling systems, transformers, hydraulic systems, generators, gears, etc. Wind turbines are installed all over the world and in very different environments. Hence, LORC wants to meet the great demand for testing of the ability of components to handle cold, warm, humid and corrosive climates. Read more here.
LORC Nacelle Testing is a two test-dock design for testing of wind turbines with a power output up to 10 MW. LORC Nacelle Testing offers the most advanced and realistic tests of large wind turbines, uniquely including the hub. The first of the two docks will be up and running by June 2014. Read more here.