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Demonstration of methods and tools for the optimisation of operational reliability of large-scale industrial wind turbines

Objective

The power output from wind turbines has increased dramatically over the past thirty years from 50 kW to 6 MW, while 8-12 MW turbines are in the stage of design. State-of-the-art condition monitoring systems, such as vibration-based systems and temperature sensors, are able to monitor and evaluate the current condition of components of interest. Nonetheless, varying wind loads can result in the generation of false alarms or even misinterpretation of the data collected. In addition, commercially available condition monitoring systems offer no or very limited prognostics capability with regards to the remaining lifetime of a component before a serious fault occurs. Therefore evolution to predictive maintenance strategies is currently impossible. Experience has shown that by combining disparate data sources wind farm operators will be able to move from common reactive maintenance approach to a more cost effective risk-based operation and maintenance strategy with a high level of predictive maintenance scheduling. OPTIMUS will develop and demonstrate in the field novel methods and tools for prognosis of the remaining lifetime of key components based on data acquired by a cost-effective wind turbine condition monitoring system implemented by custom-designed dependable computing systems. This technology will reduce the total cost of energy and advance the deployment of large scale offshore and onshore wind energy by increasing availability and reducing downtime due to unplanned maintenance. Predictive maintenance will also reduce costs incurred from secondary damage to components and enable maintenance activities (and the associated costs) to be optimized with respect to forecast revenue from power generation. The results of this project will lead to a significant step-change over the current capability of commercial condition monitoring systems.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-2
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY CATAPULT
Address
Offshore House Albert Street
NE24 1LZ Blyth Northumberland
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paul Mckeever (Mr.)

Participants (11)

INGETEAM SERVICE SA
Spain
Address
Pg Pg. Indust. Campollano 1
02007 Albacete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Enrique Camacho Cuesta (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
SINCLAIR KNIGHT MERZ (EUROPE) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
St Marys Parsonage Alberton House 30
M3 2WJ Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Lowdon (Prof.)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João De Figueiredo Duarte (Mr.)
INDRA SISTEMAS SA
Spain
Address
Avenida De Bruselas 35
28108 Alcobendas Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chantal Roldán De La Cuadra (Dr.)
Feldman Enterprises Limited
Cyprus
Address
Angiou Pavlou 15
1105 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spyridon Kerkyras (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
Spain
Address
Calle Altagracia 50
13071 Ciudad Real
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Llanos Carrión Varela (Ms.)
DYNAMICS,STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL NV
Belgium
Address
Jules Vandenbemptlaan 71
3001 Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Vanhonacker (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Mrs.)
ROMAX TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Romax Technology Centre University Of Nottingham Innovation Park Triumph Road
NG7 2TU Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Evgenia Golysheva (Dr.)
TERNA ENERGY AE
Greece
Address
Messogion Ave 85
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vagiannis Karakasidis (Mr.)