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Update on the very latest from the DemoWind2-funded Offshore Demonstration Blade project

European technology experts who work to optimize costs of offshore wind energy meet in Valencia

DATE: 14. March 2018

  • Ten European partners from universities and enterprises from United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands and Spain participate in the Offshore Demonstration Blade Project (ODB)
  • Host of the annual event, Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU, CEU Universities is the unique Spanish university participating in the project financed by the Horizon 2020 Programme from the EU

Researchers from 10 universities and enterprises from United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark and Spain meet today and tomorrow in Valencia to show their advances in the development of new technologies to improve the production costs of generated offshore wind energy. The Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU, who host this annual meeting, participates in the Project together with Groupo TecEner, led by Professor Fernando Sánchez López from the Escuela Superior de Enseñanzas Técnicas. The Offshore Demonstration Blade Project (ODB) is financed with four million euros coming from the Horizon 2020 Programme from the EU, intended for the development of six new technologies that allow cheaper production of wind energy in offshore turbines.

The project Offshore Demonstration Blade (ODB) is part of the international programme DEMOWIND 2 ERA-NET Cofund from the European Commission. It lasts two years and is coordinated by ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd (ODSL), from the United Kingdom. The participants are organizations that are international leaders within innovation in aerogenerators; Bladena, TNO, Aerox, Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy, Total Wind, Dansk IngeniørService A/S DIS, CENER, the Technical University from Denmark (DTU) and Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU (CEU UCH) in Spain. Today and tomorrow, at the annual general assembly in Valencia, representatives from all these research centers and enterprises bring together the latest developments in cost optimized materials for the efficiency of aerogenerators installed offshore.

As explained by Professor Fernando Sánchez López, principal researcher from Grupo TecEner at the CEU UCH that participates in the international consortia, “within the aerogenerators, the operational costs and maintenance represent an important part of the average total cost of the energy (LCOE) that generates an offshore wind turbine. The turbines placement in areas far away from the coast cause that reparation and maintenance of the pales get much more expensive. Finding a way to broaden the lifetime of the materials is nowadays a challenge for the industry. And the coating materials are a key point to guarantee when it comes to rain drop erosion in wind turbines”.

Numerical model of new materials

Specifically, Grupo TecEner from CEU UCH collaborates in the ODB project financed by the EU in the numerical modelling of new polymeric materials and its fabrication processes for the surface covering of the aerogenerators. “The objective is to develop solutions that will be much more resistant to the erosion caused by rain drops at high speed, that is especially important in the large aerogenerators that are installed in offshore areas with adverse climate conditions”, explains professor Fernando Sánchez from CEU UCH, who directs the Instituto CEU de Diseño, Innovación y Tecnología.

In this scientific scope of numeric modelling, the CEU UCH collaborates with the French multinational ESI-Group, a worldwide leader within research in mathematical models for the development of virtual prototypes that simulate industry fabrication processes, through the research international professorship ESI-CEU “Real time control for the Simulation of Manufacturing Process”, led by Professor Antonio Falcó. For this reason, Mr. Carlos Terrés Aboitiz, technical director from ESI Group Hispania, South America, UK, India & Scandinavia participates in the expert meeting in Valencia as the invited keynote speaker.

 

CAPTION. Members from the Offshore Demonstration Blade Project (ODB) financed by the EU meet in Valencia. They come from United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands and Spain.

 

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New international collaboration to improve the performance of offshore wind turbine blades

DATE: 8. November 2017

Press release (english):

New international collaboration to improve the performance of offshore wind turbine blades  
Seven new technological blade enhancements aim to reduce cost of offshore wind energy by up to 4.7%

 

A major, international €4 million research collaboration between 10 European partners is leading the development of seven novel offshore wind turbine blade technologies, which collectively could lower the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of offshore wind by as much as 4.7%.

The Offshore Demonstration Blade (ODB) project is supporting the research, development and demonstration of wind turbine blade innovations, including aerodynamic and structural enhancements, blade monitoring systems and blade erosion protection solutions. These products will be developed and retrofitted to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Scotland for demonstration purposes. The innovations will then be ready for deployment on existing or new offshore turbines.

The two-year Demowind-funded project will be coordinated by the UK’s ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd (ODSL), and involve leading organisations in wind turbine innovation including CENER, Bladena, TNO, Aerox, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Total Wind, Dansk IngeniørService A/S (DIS), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Cardenal Herrera University (CEU) in Spain.

Operations and maintenance costs represent almost a quarter of the total LCOE of an offshore wind turbine, with rotor operations and maintenance, specifically blade erosion and blade structural integrity, representing a large share of these costs. Therefore, improving the performance and operational lifetime of turbine blades will have a direct impact in lowering LCOE.