In response to the high demand for full-scale testing of rotor blades on an international footing and in China, SGS Industrial Services officially opened the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) on June 13, 2011, in Tianjin, China.
The opening ceremony was a high-profile event attended by Mr. Yang Xiao Yong, Director of Tianjin Bureau Quality and Technical Supervision, Mr. Zhang Jun, Vice Director of the management committee of TEDA, Mr. Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS, Mr. Helmut Chik, COO of SGS China and Hong Kong, as well as Mr. Richard Shentu, Managing Director of SGS-CSTC.
During the opening, attendees had an ideal opportunity to learn more about the renewable energy sector, the WETC and Rotor Blade Testing from the prestigious guests present at the event. Mr. Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS said, “In recent years, China has leapt forward to become the world’s largest developer of wind energy. Providing a clean and safe energy source, wind power is expected to replace nuclear energy in China as the most substantial of energy sources.
The Chinese government’s investment and policy support in the wind energy industry is obvious to all. It also demonstrates the government’s wholehearted pursuit of a green economy and its determination to achieve sustainable development.” Furthermore, he stated, “SGS has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the second consecutive year, and sustainable development has always been one of our most important values. It is the driving force behind our innovations in energy-saving, low-carbon, wind energy and other clean energies.”
The opening of the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China demonstrates SGS’s commitment to first-rate expertise and to satisfy the high demand for large-scale rotor blade testing in Asian and global markets.
Strategically located in China, a rapidly growing wind-energy market, the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) primarily focuses on Rotor Blade Testing. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology for load application and blade test measurements, the SGS test center offers a complete set of full-scale blade testing capabilities, including natural frequency, static, fatigue and ultimate static tests as well as a full range of consultancy and solutions in the field of wind turbine technologies.
The SGS test center, which is certified by China Metrology Accreditation (CMA), provides various testing solutions covering the entire life cycle of wind turbines. Visual Inspections are carried out and Non-Destructive Testing methods are used to monitor the condition of blades. The execution and reporting of tests are performed according to IEC-61400-23 with optional accredited witnessing.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 64,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.