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EcoSwing - Energy Cost Optimization using Superconducting Wind Generators - World’s First Demonstration of a 3.6 MW Low-Cost Lightweight DD Superconducting Generator on a Wind Turbine

Objective

EcoSwing aims at world's first demonstration of a superconducting low-cost, lightweight drive train on a modern 3.6 MW wind turbine.

EcoSwing is quantifiable: The generator weight is reduced by 40% compared to commercial permanent magnet direct-drive generators (PMDD). For the nacelle this means a very significant weight reduction of 25%. Assuming series production, cost reduction for the generator can be 40% compared to PMDD. Finally, reliance on rare earth metals is down by at least two orders of magnitude.

This demonstration is enabled by the increasing maturity of industrial superconductivity. In an ambitious step beyond present activities, EcoSwing will advance the TRL from 4-5 to 6-7. We are shifting paradigms: Previously, HTS was considered for very big, highly efficient turbines for future markets only. By means of cost-optimization, EcoSwing targets a turbine of great relevance already to the present large-scale wind power market. The design principles of EcoSwing are applicable to markets with a wide range of turbine ratings from 2 MW to 10 MW and beyond.

Despite technological successes in superconductivity, turbine manufacturers and generator suppliers are hesitant to apply HTS into the wind sector, because of real and perceived risks. The environment inside a wind turbine has unique requirements to generators (parasitic loads and moments, vibration, amount of independent hours of operation). Therefore, a demonstration is required.

The consortium represents a full value chain from materials, over components, up to a turbine manufacturer as an end-user providing market pull. It features competent partners on the engineering, the cryogenic, and the power conversion side. Also ground-based testing before turbine deployment, pre-certification activities, and training are included.

EcoSwing can become tangible: The EcoSwing demonstrator will commence operation in 2018 on an existing very modern 3.6 MW wind turbine in Thyborøn, Denmark.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/superconductor

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ENVISION ENERGY (DENMARK) APS
Address
Torvet 11 2
8600 Silkeborg
Denmark
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 527 029

Participants (8)

ECO 5 GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 642 193,88
Address
Bornheimer Strasse 33 B
53111 Bonn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JEUMONT ELECTRIC SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 999 707,63
Address
Rue De L Industrie 367
59460 Jeumont
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DELTA ENERGY SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 088 850
Address
Coesterweg 45
59494 Soest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THEVA DUNNSCHICHTTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 988 205,63
Address
Rote Kreuz Strasse 8
85737 Ismaning
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUMITOMO (SHI) CRYOGENICS OF EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 296 450
Address
3 Hamilton Close Houndmills Industrial Estate
RG21 6YT Basingstoke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GERMANISCHER LLOYD INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 52 237,50
Address
Brooktorkai 18
20457 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 988 605
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 008 455
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations