December 13 (Renewables Now) - The Danish government has submitted for consultation draft legislative proposals for the expansion of the wind turbine testing centres in Østerild and Høvsøre, the industry ministry said Monday.
Total of four new stands will be added to the 12 already available at the test centres, both operated by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The goal is to allow for testing of new wind turbine technology and turbines of greater height.
A political agreement on the expansion plan was reached in March, but certain changes have been introduced since then. The two new stands at Høvsøre will be located to the south, instead of adding one to the south and one to the north as in the earlier plan. That change involves expansion into a Natura 2000 area, for which compensatory measures will be taken.
The Østerild and Høvsøre testing sites have been used by major European wind turbine makers such as Siemens, Vestas (CPH:VWS) and Nordex (ETR:NDX1). They currently have seven and five stands, respectively. The expansion could be completed in 2018-2019.