Project Development, Wind Power

Intertek Certifies First Large Wind Turbine Gearbox in US

Intertek has issued the first electrical safety certification of a large wind turbine gearbox in North America, for GE Drivetrain Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation. The ETL Listed Mark will ensure that GE’s equipment will be accepted by safety inspectors throughout North America.

By getting certification for the major electrical and mechanical components such as the gearbox, GE ensures that there is a reduced chance of compliance challenges from inspectors.

“The lack of a U.S. national standard for wind turbines has slowed the growth of wind power in key states,” said Ann Ruggles, global business manager for Intertek’s wind power services. “In response, Intertek has stepped up with certification options that result in a quicker approval process. This ensures the greatest revenue potential for manufacturers, provides additional confidence to installers and inspectors, and delivers clean renewable energy solutions to the market.”

Confusion on the regulatory requirements for product safety compliance for wind turbines has often lead to state, local and provincial inspectors delaying completion of wind turbine projects until owners or manufacturers can provide evidence that their product complies with applicable product safety standards.