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Wind Turbine Shearography Robotic Inspection On-blade System (SheaRIOS)

Objective

SheaRIOS is a solution for the Wind Turbine Blade (WTB) inspection industry that enables easier, faster and more accurate inspection utilising robotics and shearography, a high-quality method that is applied outside of the laboratory for the first time. A deployment platform will ascend on the wind turbine tower and deploy a work climber on the base of the blade. The climber will move on the blade by means of air-suction and carry out inspection with a shearography kit on a cantilever. The deployment platform will also act as the power and data link.

Operational modeling is done by EDF, the end-users that drive this Innovation Action. Preliminary testing and validation of the market-readiness of SheaRIOS robotic application will take place at their site, both on-shore (EDF R&D) and off-shore (EDF Renewables). Three competitive small and mid-scale technology companies from three European countries will contribute so Europe will (1) integrate more wind power, (2) reduce operational costs, (3) keep the technology lead, and (4) remain a major export. As per Wind Europe, these are the targets for enabling wind to become the backbone of our electricity generation system.

Based on our analysis, the non-destructive testing service provider would save 1,055€ per wind turbine inspection and payback of SheaRIOS investment will be achieved after 152 inspections, or the first 2 years. The wind farm operator will save more than 1 full day per wind turbine inspection, because of the reduced inspection time, which directly translates to less revenue lost due to idle wind turbines. Finally, the cumulative savings for a period of the first 5 years will translate to €92.74m, assuming SheaRIOS will be successful in averting just 20% of the unforeseen WTB failures and contributing to increased health and safety for the rope access workers that are involved in hundreds of accidents each year.

[1] Wind Europe, “Making transition work”, September 2016

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power generation

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 851 441,25

Participants (7)

VISATEC GESELLSCHAFT FUR VISUELLE INSPEKTIONSANLAGEN MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 515 261,25
Address
Gewerbepark 7
87477 Sulzberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EDF ENERGY RENEWABLES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 84 988,75
Address
Grosvenor Place 40
SW1X 7EN London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EDF ENERGY R&D UK CENTRE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 117 941,25
Address
90 Whitfield Street
W1T 4EZ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 474 008,50
Address
L Kiphisias 116 Kai Davaki 1
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 462 500
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
RENEWABLE TECHNICAL SERVICES LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Unit 2 Constellation Park Orion Way
NN15 6NL Kettering
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WRS CATHODIC PROTECTION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 210 765,63
Address
Edisonweg 12
3291CK Strijen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)