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Risk Based Technology for Blade Structural Assessment

Objective

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world's energy markets. According to the EWEA, the European wind market it is expected to grow consistently at a compound annual growth rate of 9.8%. As annual blade failures are estimated at around 3,800 with poor maintenance the most common cause of accidents, ensuring the integrity of blades is a key issue with respect to the business, safety and the environment. The overall problem envisaged is the lack of effective condition monitoring systems for the blades, representing a business opportunity for the project’s partners Hence, the Project aims to commercialize a novel solution, BladeSave, marketed as a fusion between a Fibre Optic Structural Health Monitoring System providing multi-sensing capability and a management software incorporating risk based inspection data analysis and offering a comprehensive solution for blade monitoring, repair and management. Based on existing technologies developed by the partners at TRL6, BladeSave will assist WFOs in satisfying newly imposed regulations by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (amendments to EN 50308) and benefit European ISPs in the CM services market, giving them a competitive edge over global rivals. Our product market target consists predominantly of the WTFs installed before 2011 (currently around 71,620 in Europe) as old wind turbines have an average annual maintenance cost larger than newer models, are not covered by warranties and offer a bigger risk of catastrophic failures. The project brings together five experienced companies with a unique set of skills and expertise in the wind industry. BladeSave will have an impact on both European and foreign markets, and over the five year sales projection, we forecast a total cumulative gross profits of at least €48 million, a return of EU investment of 23:1 and the creation of about 380 jobs within consortium and associated companies which are part of the supply chain.

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2016

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Sub call

H2020-FTIPilot-2016-1

Coordinator

RENEWABLE ADVICE LTD
Net EU contribution
€ 453 250,00
Address
Renewables House Unit 1 & 2a Moorside Business Par Moorside Road
SO23 7RX Winchester Hampshire
United Kingdom

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Region
South East (England) Hampshire and Isle of Wight Central Hampshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 194 250,00

Participants (4)

SMART FIBRES LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 426 812,75
Address
Brants Bridge 3
RG12 9BG Bracknell Berkshire

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Berkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 182 919,75
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 702 500,00
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ASSIST SOFTWARE SRL
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 313 250,00
Address
Strada Tipografiei 1
720043 Suceava

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Macroregiunea Doi Nord-Est Suceava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 134 250,00
EMERGYA WIND TECHNOLOGIES BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 93 096,50
Address
Lindeboomseweg 51
3825AL Amersfoort

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 39 898,50