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Development of an intelligent condition monitoring system for application on critical rotating components of industrial-scale wind turbines

Objective

"Wind energy currently provides approximately 3% of the overall European electricity production. However, with the current growth trends exhibited the wind energy industry is capable of delivering 12% of the overall European power production by 2020 and more than 20% by 2030.

Operation and maintenance costs (O&M) constitute a sizeable share of the total annual costs of a wind turbine. For a new machine, operation and maintenance costs might easily have an average share over the lifetime of a turbine of more than 30% of the total levellised cost per kWh produced. Therefore, operation and maintenance costs are increasingly attracting the attention of manufacturers seeking to develop new designs requiring fewer regular service visits and less out-time. In order for the wind energy industry to achieve the growth targets set by the EU for the forthcoming years, wind turbine numbers have to increase substantially, while at the same time their operation and maintenance costs will need to be reduced by a noticeable factor to permit the European wind energy industry to retain its advantage over growing overseas competition. Therefore, one of the highest priorities for the European wind energy industry is currently the significant improvement of the reliability of wind turbines, involving a solid reduction in current inspection and maintenance costs mainly associated with unpredicted failures of critical rotating components.

INTELWIND seeks to largely decrease the number of failures of critical rotating components in wind turbines and minimise the need for corrective maintenance by developing and successfully implementing an intelligent condition monitoring system based on the integration of acoustic emission, vibration analysis, torque sensing and oil analysis techniques. Although the INTELWIND consortium will aim to incorporate the developed system on newly manufactured wind turbines, its installation in older wind turbines will also be possible as well as affordable."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
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Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
CB21 6DR Cambridge
United Kingdom
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 219 141
Administrative Contact
Hassam Miabhoy (Mr.)

Participants (8)

CORPORATE SERVICES INTERNATIONAL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 163 815,75
Address
Rue De La Paix 3
4500 Huy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ann Claes (Ms.)
ATARD SAVUNMA VE HAVACILIK SANAYI ILERI TEKNOLOJI UYGULAMALARI ARASTIRMA VE GELISTIRME A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 173 212,50
Address
Hadimkoy San Bir 5 Bolge 12 Cad No 106 Bolum 2/3 Buyukcekmece
34500 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cem Sapmaz (Mr.)
TRANSENSE TECHNOLOGIES PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 195 286,50
Address
1 Landscape Close Weston On The Green
OX25 3SX Bicester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Vickery (Mr.)
ROMAX TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 181 230,75
Address
Romax Technology Centre University Of Nottingham Innovation Park Triumph Road
NG7 2TU Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Irons (Mr.)
EDP RENEWABLES EUROPE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 24 000
Address
Serrano Galvache Centro Empresarial 56
28033 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Valencia Galan (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 59 775
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
Feldman Enterprises Limited
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 39 069
Address
Angiou Pavlou 15
1105 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spyros C Kerkyas (Mr.)
CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 32 369,50
Address
Marathonos 19Th Km
19009 Pikermi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonia Dimou (Ms.)