Completed by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in 2011, the Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) required multiple breakthrough innovations to become the largest wind turbine blade testing facility in the world. Tufts faculty led the structural design of this facility. (Photo credit: Chuck Choi 2011)
Massachusetts Leads the Way
When Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick dedicated the WTTC in 2011, the U.S. wind energy community shared a consensus understanding that the facility’s capacity to test 90 m blades would serve the industry of decades to come.
As testimony to the exponential growth of the global offshore wind industry, by 2020 GE had delivered a 108 m blade to the facility for testing.
Today, discussions are underway at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to expand the facility’s capacity for blade lengths in excess of 120 m.