Østerild - National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines

In June 2010 the Danish Government passed a law in order to establish a national test centre for wind turbines at Østerild, The Technical University of Denmark is appointed to be head of the establishment and operation of the new wind turbine prototype test facility.

DTU Wind Energy is operating three wind turbine test sites in Denmark. The test sites are situated at: DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde - Høvsøre Test Site for Large Wind Turbines at Lemvig - and Test Center Østerild at Thisted. At Høvsøre and Østerild,  

Test Centre Østerild was established with 7 test stands during 2012 and allows for erection of wind turbines of up to 210 and 250 meters respectively.

During spring 2017, the Danish Government has desided to expand at Østerild. In the future there will be room for two more wind turbines with a height up to 330 meter. 

Opening of new Visitor's Centre in 2017
In September 2017, a new Visitor's Centre opened at the test centre. At the new facility, visitors will be able to gain more knowledge about the area, wind turbines and wind energy as such. Everyone can enter the new building.

The Visitor's Centre is open from 7 AM until 10 PM.

The Test Centre's geographical location and facilities allow for the wind turbine industry in collaboration with DTU and other research institutions to carry out research, development and tests of prototype wind turbines and new wind turbine technology.



Stand Number  Company Wind Turbine type Effect MW  Rotor diameter (meters)  Hub height (meters) Tip height (meters)
1  EDF GE–Alstrom 150  150-6MW  6.0  150  117  192 
Vestas          
Vestas  V126-3.45 MW 3.45  130 116  200 
Vestas  V126-3.45 MW  3.45  126  137  150 
Envision Energy  EN-120/3.0 MW  3.0  120  90  150 
Siemens Wind Power SWT-8.0 MW  8.0  154  120  197 
Siemens Wind Power SWT-7.0 MW  7.0  154  120  197 

 

OBS: The wind turbine on test stand number 2 (Vestas V166-9,5) has been dismantled due to fire

 

 

Deputy Head of Department

Peter Hjuler Jensen
DTU Wind Energy
+45 46 77 50 37

Head of Section

Poul Hummelshøj
DTU Wind Energy
+45 46 77 50 81

Research Technician

Poul Falk Nielsen
DTU Wind Energy
+45 25 55 00 76
See how the wind blows and how it influences the energy in Østerild at the moment.