WTAMU, UL to Celebrate Grand Opening of Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility

Dec. 2, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU, UL to Celebrate Grand Opening of Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility

CANYON, Texas—Officials at West Texas A&M University and representatives from UL (Underwriters Laboratories) will mark the grand opening of the Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the site located just adjacent to WTAMU’s Nance Ranch. RSVP

Representatives from both WTAMU and UL will offer opening remarks before the ribbon cutting officially marks the opening of the Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility. Tours of the facility will be available, followed by lunch and an afternoon of technical presentations about what the Advanced Outdoor Wind Test Facility has to offer.

The University broke ground on the testing facility in June as part of a unique collaboration between WTAMU and UL in association with The DEWI Group, a UL company. It is one of the largest testing facilities in the world and provides services for both large wind and small and micro wind manufacturers as well research and design testing capabilities. Wind turbine manufacturers are able to erect turbines for extended periods of time, and the facility provides new testing capacity for turbine manufacturers seeking certification to international standards, helping reduce time-to-market and lower costs, as downtime can essentially be eliminated.

“The Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility will give manufacturers the opportunity to have wind turbines, large and small, tested, and if passing, certified to several different standards at one facility: UL Standards 6141 and 6142 for large and small wind turbines, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certification, Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) certification, as well as several others,” Adam J. Holman, laboratory director, said. “WTAMU also will be able to become a green campus as we will be producing power from the wind turbines while we are testing them. 

“Working with UL as a collaborating partner enables WTAMU to work with wind turbine manufacturers from all over the world. I’m proud to be a part of this endeavor, and I look forward to long relationship between West Texas A&M and UL.”

WTAMU’s Nance Ranch offers the perfect location for wind testing with its availability of space and abundance of wind backed by more than 40 years in wind-energy research. The facility encompasses 60 acres of land with an additional 2,400 acres available for development and growth. Key personnel are Holman along with Byron Neal, research engineer, Fred Oder, AEI research technician, and WTAMU student workers.

For more information about the Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility, visit .



Getting to Nance Ranch
WTAMU’s Nance Ranch is located seven miles east of Canyon. From I-27 take exit 106 and travel east 2.5 miles to FM 1451. Travel one half mile east on FM 1451 to Nance Rd. Travel south on Nance Rd 2.5 miles to destination.

About UL
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