Siemens is building a new test lab for high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission technology in Nuremberg, Germany for the latest generation of power converters used in international high-voltage transmission projects.
A test hall with five test bays, control rooms, and office areas will spread across 9,400 square meters on the grounds of the Nuremberg transformer factory, the manufacturer stated in a press release.
The total investment in the buildings and technology amounts to approximately €35 million.
The construction will be completed by the spring of 2018.
According to the manufacturer, the new facility will make it possible to use higher currents and voltages in the plant than with the current test circuits, while variable-frequency settings will also facilitate test orders for the American market, which is expected to shorten test times by as much as 50 percent.