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Condition Monitoring of Wind Turbine Drive-Trains via Non-Contact Acoustic Sensors

Objective

The EU Agency for Safety & Health is currently amending wind turbine standards (such as EN 50308) to ensure safer O&M tasks and increase the Probability Of Detection (POD) for wind turbine defects. ISO have also identified such issues, and in fact initiated the development of QA standards specifically tailored for the Condition Monitoring (CM) of wind turbines. Current CM systems are intrusive, and hence revoke the initial OEM warranty of drive-train components. The combination of industrial and legislative factors is the key driver behind the production of CMDrive: a bespoke and non-intrusive acoustic-analysis CM system, having a POD for drive-train defects of 90-98% within the range of operating powers. The requested grant of €2.5m will be required to validate and enhance the system, and initiate the commercialisation process. Growth in the wind services sector, as related to O&M and CM, is also compelling, as studies by Deloitte have shown that the corresponding market is estimated to increase from €5.2b to €10.8b by 2020, with a CAGR of 10%. The first generation of CMDrive shall be produced for wind turbines of 2.5MW or less; a next generation product, to handle larger turbines, has already been envisioned. The commercialisation strategy involves the segmentation of the wind turbine market into 3 initial customer tiers, is targeting WFOs and Independent Service Providers of CM within such tiers, and will position the product through a number of Unique Selling Points, which will be elaborated further in this proposal. The locations of the 5 partners, in addition to the global outreach of TWI and INESCO, are critical factors for launching the product by 2019. It is expected that CMDrive’s associated revenue streams (sales, services, licensing) will yield an estimated ROI of 1100%, and corresponding cumulative profits of €26m, over the 5 year forecast (2019–2023). INESCO will take lead of the sales, with the other partners benefiting by means of profit shares.

Field of science

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Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

INESCO INGENIEROS SL
Address
Avenida De Los Castros Cdtuc Modulo
39005 Santander
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 482 125

Participants (4)

RELEX ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 434 883,75
Address
Via Val Seriana 4
00141 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 677 655
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 248 254,13
Address
L Kiphisias 116 Kai Davaki 1
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 446 815
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments