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The development of a graduated radar-absorbing multi-layer structure for wind turbine applications to enable their positioning in areas of optimal power generation

Objective

The EU is committed to generating 20% of it energy from renewable sources by 2020, and 50% by 2050. Wind energy is the cheapest and technologically most straightforward way to generate the majority of this energy. As a result for this the amount of wind energy installed in the EU is predicted to increase from its current level of 56,000 MW to 300,000 MW by 2030, equating to the installation of over 80,000 wind turbines. Due to the very large radar cross section of the turbines and the motion of the rotating blades, these turbines have a detrimental effect on civilian radar navigations systems and there is growing concern about the potential problems which wind turbines may have on passenger safety. Due to space limitations, wind turbines are increasingly being located in areas close to the main shipping lanes and aviation flight paths and wind farm planning applications are increasingly being rejected. As a result of the radar interference issues, wind energy companies are desperately looking for a solution. Although both electronic radar solutions and the use of Radar Absorbing Materials (RAMs) coated onto the turbines have been considered, no cost-effective solution has as yet been produced. Current RAMs are far too expensive and their performance is not sufficient for wind turbine applications. The proposed ‘OSGRAM’ project will develop an innovative continuous process for the production of intrinsically conductive polymers (ICPs) whose radar absorbing properties can be accurately tailored. The ICPs will be used to produce a multilayer RAM that can achieve radar attenuation of 20dB in the S- and X-bands and which can be applied to wind turbine towers, nacelles and blades with a weight of <4kg/sq.m and a cost of 125(Euros)/sq.m. This will allow our SME consortium to develop world-leading RAMs, giving us global market leadership and leading to sales in excess of 80 million Euros 5 years after the project ends and increase profits across the consortium.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Coordinator

NiTech Solutions Limited
Address
Cammo Place 10
EH4 8EN Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 323 193
Administrative Contact
Ian Laird (Mr.)

Participants (8)

PANIPOL OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 113 001
Address
Linnakoskenkatu 32
06100 Porvoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jukka Perento (Mr.)
Dromchla Cumnacht Teoranta
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 13 106
Address
Udaras Industrial Park, Tourmakeady
Co Mayo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ann Marie Ronan (Ms.)
GLAS-CRAFT (UK) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 113 852
Address
Lowercroft Business Park Lowercroft Road Unit 5B
BL8 3PA Bury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Hallsworth (Mr.)
Hitek Electronic Materials Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 158 345
Address
Wentworth Road South Park Industrial Park 15
DN17 2AX Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Terry (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 16 930
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Dean (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 20 028
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaana Heino (Ms.)
GEOLICA INNOVATIONS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 158 536
Address
Calle Diego De Velazquez 5
26007 Logrono La Rioja
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Jose Eguizabel Garcia (Mr.)
ATARD SAVUNMA VE HAVACILIK SANAYI ILERI TEKNOLOJI UYGULAMALARI ARASTIRMA VE GELISTIRME A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 41 438
Address
Hadimkoy San Bir 5 Bolge 12 Cad No 106 Bolum 2/3 Buyukcekmece
34500 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Burak Yakupoglu (Mr.)