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Small Wind Turbine for Urban Environments

Objective

As SMEs in the supply chain of small Wind Turbines (WTs), we have identified an excellent opportunity in the urban submarket. The Small Wind market mainly corresponds to turbines installed in rural and isolated areas. Nevertheless, Urban is by far the largest potential market, as 80% of European population lives in cities and the EU Directive 2010/31/EU on Energy Performance of Buildings requires that “Member States shall ensure that by 31 December 2020 all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings”. This is an exciting commercial opportunity, which yet needs to cope with technical challenges related to the peculiarities of Urban Wind regime. The low wind speed and turbulent flows makes the achievement of Wind energy cost effectiveness more difficult in urban areas.

The Proposed Technological Solution
WINDUR proposes a small vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) optimised for use in urban environments as a roof-top mounted system. Proposed novel developments include (1) a variable speed control system developed to maximise VAWT´s energy yield under rapidly changing wind speeds, (2) an aerodynamic design based on a helical rotor, refined for reducing rotor weight and loads on the roof, to lower WINDUR installation complexity and cost and (3) an assessment of wind resource in urban areas, for characterising those locations with better wind resources. WINDUR has a targeted performance of 0,35kWh/€ at an annual average wind speed of 6,5 m/s for guaranteeing a Return on Investment (ROI) period shorter than 15 years.

Potential Impact for the Consortium members
WINDUR aims to develop solutions that contribute to give a competitive advantage to European SMEs in the supply chain of small wind turbines. WINDUR´s consortium of SMEs include suppliers of WT components, a WT manufacturer, a WT installer and a wind resource consultancy. We intend to use extensive knowledge and technical capabilities in European RTDs to enforce the development of Small Wind.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/architecture engineering/sustainable architecture
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 82 821,73
Administrative Contact
Evelien Vandevelde (Ms.)

Participants (11)

FUTURENERGY LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 926,15
Address
Ettington Park
CV37 8BT Alderminster Warwickshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Osborne (Mr.)
MASTERGAS GLOBAL ENERGY SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 248 162
Address
Calle Severo Ochoa 15 Nave 13 Modulo C
28521 Rivas Vaciamadrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joaquin Lopez (Mr.)
MACHACHI SLL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 34 961,57
Address
Calle San Bartolome 20
45780 Tembleque Toledo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Gomez (Mr.)
DVE TECHNOLOGIES APS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 75 906,74
Address
Sdr Tingvej 8
DK-6630 Rodding
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Slivsgaard (Mr.)
GERRIKO S-E-T TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS LTD

Participation ended

Ireland
EU contribution
€ 46 673,59
Address
Taylor S Lane Guinness Enterprise
8 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colin Gerrish (Mr.)
ETULOS SOLUTE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 474,38
Address
Av. Cerro Del Aguila 3
28703 San Sebastian De Los Reyes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fernando Aznar (Mr.)
FUNDACION CENER
Spain
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elena Arbizu Jimeno (Ms.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bahri Uzunoglu (Dr.)
INVERTO NV

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 107 277,62
Address
Van Parijslaan
9940 Evergem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John De Clercq (Mr.)
Administrative Contact
John De Clercq (Mr.)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 126 594,23
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Antonio Gutierrez Bravo (Mr.)
VAN CASTEREN DOLF
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 107 201,99
Address
Hoge Hofstraat 2A
5366 CC Megen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dolf Van Casteren (Mr.)