Inauguration at Lindø Offshore Renewables Center (LORC)

Inauguration of the new test facilities Lindø HALT Test Facility and Lindø Component and Structure Testing (LCST) did successfully take place November 30th 2017.

Images: LORCImages: LORC

The guest list included VIP representatives of the wind industry in general and test environments around the offshore wind sector. In the offshore wind sector, where Denmark is well positioned, LORC has secured an environment for full scale testing of wind turbines and drive train components in support of this sector.

“It has been a tremendous development that LORC has undergone since the starting point back in 2009”, Mr. Anders Eldrup, Chairman of the Board at LORC pointed out. Back then a vision to create a world-class test center and wind hub at Lindø, at the time when AP Møller - Maersk was closing its shipyard activities on the Lindø plot, was in the heads of a few, including the former Danish Prime Minister and former chairman at LORC, Mr. Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.

Mr. Eldrup, during his inauguration speech of the HALT test facility, thanked Mr. Nyrup Rasmussen for his visionary work and his passion for renewable energy. Mr. Eldrup, who, as former CEO of DONG / Orsted, has helped to set the direction of offshore wind as the energy form of the future.

”When A. P. Moller - Maersk closed its shipbuilding activities in 2012 there were approx. 2000 employees at the shipyard, and today, 5 years later, the vision of creating a wind hub with many jobs on the former yard site is met, as every morning about 3000 people enters the gate of Lindo, and around 100 companies, with leading wind sector players have established themselves here. This is indeed a success story” Mr. Eldrup continued.

Chairman at LORC, Mr. Anders Eldrup pressing the start button to the HALT Test facility

Additionally the test facilities at Lindø Component and Structure Testing (LCST) was inaugurated, and the chairman of the board at FORCE Technology, Mr. Ernst Tiedemann, held the inauguration speech at the facilities. ”As an Approved Technological Service Institute it was a great opportunity to take part in the large scale testing facilities at Lindø and I would like to take the opportunity to thank LORC for this invitation and fruitful cooperation”. Lindø Component and Structure Testing is a strategic partnership between FORCE Technology and LORC, and includes a mechanical test facility and a climatic test facility for large scale testing of components and structures.

The CEO of LORC, Mr. Torben Lorentzen: “This was indeed a milestone for LORC, since both facilities we inaugurate today have all ways been part of our plans here at Lindø, and indeed a milestone for the Danish wind hub. We now host a comprehensive set of test facilities – all of which, in each their respect, are leading edge technology and world-class installations. But our mission does not end here; we continuously work to address key sector challenges within test and validation, and I foresee several more and equally unique test and validation facilities will be erected here at Lindø in the coming years”.

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