NREL and Samsung’s wind turbine test
The titans meet, and produce enough of green energy to power up 1,800 homes. If you’re wondering what we’re talking about, get a hold of this. The giant 2.5-megawatt dynamometer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory supplied 12.6 million inch pounds of torque at Samsung’s 185,000-pound wind turbine drive train. When a giant meets a giant, the earth is bound to rumble and roar. And that’s exactly what happened at this largest full-scale dynamometer test of a wind turbine drive train ever done in the United States. The NREL 2.5-megawatt dynamometer is powerful enough to produce speeds up to 30 revolutions per minute. The test enabled the Samsung guys understand just how well their 250-foot-high “baby” would survive in harsh weather conditions for 25 years. One hell of a test, this one sure will help Samsung’s green dream fulfill.