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Development and Demonstration of a Novel Integrated Condition Monitoring System for Wind Turbines

Objective

Wind energy is the most developed of a number of renewable energy technologies, with several thousands of wind turbines already operating or being planned for construction across Europe. Wind turbines can be deployed individually to power a single site or installation, but are most commonly grouped together as wind farms to provide power to the electricity grid. The energy output from wind turbines has increased dramatically over the past thirty years from 50kW to 6MW, while 8-12MW turbines are in the design stage. The greater energy yield achieved means that the number of turbines needed to produce a given amount of energy has been reduced by a significant factor. Over the same period the tower height and rotor diameter of turbines have doubled leading to much more complex construction, maintenance and inspection procedures, particularly when off-shore turbines are concerned. Under normal operation schedules wind turbines have an average annual maintenance expenditure of ~2% of the original turbine investment. However, unpredictable failure of certain wind turbine components (i.e. blades, tower, gearbox, generator, brakes, yaw system, etc.) can lead to substantially higher maintenance costs and reduced availability of turbines. To increase the competitiveness of wind energy in comparison to other power generation technologies, significant and measurable improvements in the availability, reliability and lifetime of wind turbines need to be achieved in the foreseeable future. NIMO seeks to practically eliminate catastrophic failures and minimise the need for corrective maintenance by developing and successfully implementing an integrated condition monitoring system for the continuous evaluation of wind turbines. NIMO will advance existing state-of-the-art condition monitoring technology used in wind turbines by delivering an advanced system which will be able to reliably evaluate the condition of critical structural components, rotating parts and braking mechanis

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2008-TREN-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
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TWI LIMITED
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Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
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Research Organisations
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Kerry Peddar (Mrs.)

Participants (14)

ALFA PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Belgium
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Troonstraat 98
1050 Brussels
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tom Vanhonacker (Mr.)
Lambda Test Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Station Road
Shotts
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Kenneth Graham (Mr.)
A & K KOTOUZAS OE
Greece
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Zoodochu Pigis 51
382 22 Volos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Kotouzas (Mr.)
TECHNICAL SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Mill Square, Featherstone Road 6
MK12 5RB Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Lugg (Dr.)
ACCIONA ENERGIA S.A.
Spain
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Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 5
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Rezusta (Ms.)
MISTRAS GROUP HELLAS ANONYMOS BIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
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El Venizelou 7
14452 Athina
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Athanasia Vahaviolos (Ms.)
A. Silva Matos - Energia, SA
Portugal
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Zona Industrial Dos Padrões
3740-295 Sever Do Vouga
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Pedro Pinheiro (Mr.)
Feldman Enterprises Limited
Cyprus
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Angiou Pavlou 15
1105 Nicosia
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spyridon Kerkyras (Mr.)
EDP RENEWABLES EUROPE SL
Spain
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Serrano Galvache Centro Empresarial 56
28033 Madrid
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Galvan Gonzalez (Mr.)
TERNA ENERGY AE
Greece
Address
Messogion Ave 85
11526 Athina
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Vagiannis Karakasidis (Mr.)
CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
Greece
Address
Marathonos 19Th Km
19009 Pikermi
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Research Organisations
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Nikolaos Karapanagiotis (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
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Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Robert Fekete (Mr.)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
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Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
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Research Organisations
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Joao Paulo Duarte (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
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Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Maria-Llanos Carrion (Ms.)