The development of large scale (>10MW) turbines will have intrinsically logistical requirements regarding handling, installation, operation and maintenance, constituting a large part of the levelised cost of energy (LCOE). Improved handling (storage, loading, transport, etc.) on land, in the harbours and/or at sea, as well as improved logistics around operations and maintenance have to be taken into account in this innovation action.
TRL 7 shall be achieved at the end of project activities (please see part G of the General Annexes).
Opening the project's test sites, pilot and demonstration facilities, or research infrastructures for practice oriented education, training or knowledge exchange is encouraged. Activities to engage and involve local communities in the innovation action, to further improve social acceptance are encouraged.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 20 to 25 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts
Up-scaling projects often lead to the development of better or less expensive applications for smaller turbines.
EU-funded projects have been working on the design of 10-20 MW wind turbine concepts for some time. The challenge is to demonstrate and construct now a full scale >10MW turbine and provide proof of a significant cost reduction potential.
This action will have a positive effect on the cost of energy and offshore wind energy will become more cost-effective. Developing cost-effective and reliable large turbines will contribute to make wind power fully competitive. In 2030 the cost of energy for offshore wind should be reduced at least by 50%. The action will also result in a more effective use of the seas and oceans, and will reduce the time needed for installation, operation and maintenance. The action should contribute to the strengthening the European industrial technology base, thereby creating growth and jobs in Europe.