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Power Performance Testing

Photo courtesy of Sioux Falls Tower and Communications

Testing performance is essential to ensuring that turbine and plant performance meet expectations and contractual obligations. Put simply, Power Performance Testing is measuring wind speed, measuring a turbine’s power output, then plotting the power versus wind speed and comparing that to the warranted power curve. While the concept is simple, the actual testing requires numerous in-depth steps. The steps to complete a Power Performance Measurement campaign vary somewhat depending on the client and situation, but generally they include:

 

 

Engineering and Design

  • Power Performance Measurement Plan including Met Mast Design
  • Power Performance Measurement Plan Approval
  • Installation Plan
  • Installation Plan Review & Approval

Met Instrumentation and Commissioning

  • Procure and Install Met Towers
  • Order Equipment
  • Equipment Lead Time and Assembly
  • Ship Equipment to Site
  • Instrumentation Installation
  • Met Tower Commissioning
  • Provide Complete Commissioning Documentation

Power Measurement Instrumentation and Commissioning

  • Order Equipment
  • Equipment Lead Time
  • Equipment Assembly
  • Equipment Shipped to Site
  • Power Measurement Equipment Installation
  • Power Measurement Equipment Commissioning
  • Provide Complete Commissioning Documentation

Power Performance Measurement Data Collection, Analysis
and Reporting

  • Data Collection and Monitoring
  • Data Analysis
  • Prepare Final Power Performance Test Report

UL brings a flexible and communicative approach to the power performance testing effort, which has earned us a reputation of being both highly responsive and technically excellent within the field of power performance testing.