Spanish manufacturer Gamesa is to build a wind tunnel in Madrid.
It has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Spain’s UPM (Technical University of Madrid) to design, develop and operate the aerodynamic testing tunnel.
It will be 70 metres long and 50 metres wide and will enable static testing of turbine blades by simulating wind from any direction and at any type of site.
The company added the facility will enable the performance of “extremely advanced aerodynamic, aeroacoustic and aeroelastic measurements”.
The tunnel is expected to start operating by the end of 2016.
Antonio de la Torre, Product Development Manager at Gamesa said: “Until now we had to resort to university labs outside Spain to perform these tests. Once this facility is operative, we will be able to run these tests in Spain which is where our R&D effort is based underpinned by a staff of over 500 engineers.”