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In-situ wireless monitoring of on- and offshore WINd TURbine blades using energy harvesting technology

Objective

This project will develop an integrated system to monitor continuously the condition of wind turbine blades, without human intervention on site, using a novel integration of acoustic emission (AE) and long range ultrasonics (LRU). The system will use flexible light weight sensors. It will not be hardwired, deriving its power from energy harvested from the continuous flexing of the blade and transmitting its data to a unit housed in the nacelle using Bluetooth technology. The nacelle unit will transmit data by wireless to the wind farm’s central control base. The project will: - • Develop novel flexible transducers suitable for embedding in composite turbine blades with integrated AE and LRU capability enabling detection of flaws in the blades. This will be the first time that the same transducer array has been used for both AE and LRU functions. • Validate the reliability of the sensor/transducer systems and associated electronic modules through a stringent environmental test scheme. System assembly and potential manufacturing routes will also be established. • Develop a central software program with high-level functions comprising data collection, signal processing, data analysis and representation, information storage and user interface. Additional software will be developed to enable focusing of LRU at the point where AE has identified a significant potential failure source. • Undertake modular integrations of the sensors/transducers, signal processing and software functionalities to develop the prototypes and demonstrate its the capability to monitor and to reduce the maintenance costs of large scale wind turbines. • Develop an system based on the use piezoelectric actuators to harvest energy from the flexing of the blade and to use this energy to power the AE/LRU system • Develop wireless communication systems between the sensors on the blades and a unit in the nacelle and between the nacelle and a central control base.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/signal processing
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Administrative Contact
Amanda Walters (Ms.)

Participants (11)

PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE OPTEL SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 157 000
Address
Jerzego Kowalskiego 5
52-428 Wroclaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bicz Wieslaw (Mr.)
SMART MATERIAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 400
Address
Lobtauer Strasse 69
01159 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Kunzmann (Dr.)
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 156 475
Address
Chemin Du Vieux Chene 59
38240 Meylan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Claeyssen (Dr.)
NEXUS ENGINEERING OOD

Participation ended

Bulgaria
Address
Ul. Riben Bukwar, Bldg. 12, Wh.9,
1330 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Svetoslav Kutzarov (Mr.)
ENCOCAM Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 197 763
Address
Stukeley Business Centre Blackstone Road 5
PE29 6EF Huntingdon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petros Goutas (Mr.)
Solent Composite Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 149 712
Address
Victoria Barracks, Albany Road, Cowes Warerfront Venture Quays
PO32 6AA East Cowes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Huw Radley (Mr.)
ULTRA ELECTRONICS LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Bridport Road 419
UB6 8UA Greenford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Hannah (Dr.)
SCOTTISH AND SOUTHERN ENERGY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 225
Address
Dunkeld Road Inveralmond Hs 200
PH1 3AQ Perth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Twiddle (Mr.)
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 35 000
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rymantas Kazys (Prof.)
MIYAMA COMPOSITE MATERIALS SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 142 725
Address
Politira Position
34014 Pournos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Tsopelas (Mr.)