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SGS to open Wind Energy Technology Centre in Tianjin, China

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SGS Renewable Energy Services, a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company will open its Wind Energy Technology Centre (WETC) in Tianjin, China on 13 June 2011.
SGS to open Wind Energy Technology Centre in Tianjin, China

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the SGS test centre will provide a complete range of full-scale testing capabilities for rotor blades, including natural frequency, static, fatigue and ultimate static tests as well as consultancy and solutions in the wind turbine technologies field.

In a statement the company said the creation of the facility stemmed from a high demand for full-scale testing of rotor blades on an international footing and in China, which is currently the fastest growing wind energy market in the world.

Blade failures can have severe impact on safety and turbine downtime, therefore a thorough validation of the blade with full-scale testing by an independent third party is indispensable to minimize the risks from design flaws and manufacturing defects, the company said.

With a team of highly qualified engineers and applying international business practices, the SGS test centre will be able to perform static and fatigue tests for various purposes, including certification testing, blade design validation, manufacturing quality testing and validation after repairs or design changes.

In addition, visual inspections will be a routine occurrence, as will the employment of non-destructive testing methods to monitor the condition of blades.

Execution and reporting of the tests will be done according to IEC-61400-23 and accreditation of the test center to ISO 17025 is in progress.

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SGS Renewable Energy Services

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