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Wind turbine blade Anti / De-icing, combined Ultrasonic guided wave and vibration system

Objective

The DeICE-UT project will overcome the current limitations of existing wind turbine blade de-icing systems by developing an innovative dual de-icing system combining both high power ultrasonic guided waves and low frequency vibrations. Previous work on helicopter blades has shown that low frequency vibrations are highly effective at de-icing across the blades except at the leading edges, whilst the application of ultrasound shows very good de-icing where the US power is high. The DeICE-UT project will apply these 2 technologies in combination to wind turbine blade applications, where the synergistic effects of the 2 technologies both prevent ice accumulation and remove already formed ice. To achieve high ultrasound powers within the required regions of the blade, guided wave US technologies will be utilized. By doing this, DeICE-UT will provide a solution that will enable the safe and reliable operation of wind turbines in adverse weather conditions and achieve the following benefits:
• Significant reduction of downtime for ice-prone sites across the EU leading to increased efficiency and reliability of the wind turbines and increased income for wind turbine operators.
• Significantly reduced maintenance and increased component lifespan, leading to reduced maintenance costs for wind turbine operators.
• Significant reduction of energy to operate system – 2% of turbine power output for DeICE-UT compared to >12% for other systems.
• Significant increases in the number of wind turbines located in extreme climatic regions and reduced residential complaints.
• Significantly reduce the danger of accidents resulting from ice thrown from the blades.
The SME consortium target a significant penetration of the EU market within a 5 year period, achieving sales of ~ €71.5 million and creating ~475 jobs. Implementation of the technology across the EU will make a significant contribution to increasing the renewable energy share and reducing CO2 emissions.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft/rotorcraft

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 99 065,01
Administrative Contact
Debbie Mcconnell (Mrs.)

Participants (10)

BS ROTOR TECHNIC (UK) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 176 269
Address
Twyford
SO21 1QR Crofton Highfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeremy Sheppard (Mr.)
DTK ELECTRONICS OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 167 338,99
Address
Tzarigradsko Shosse Blvd 133 Et 2 Of 205
BG-1784 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Todorov (Mr.)
MIYAMA COMPOSITE MATERIALS SA

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 35 535,25
Address
Politira Position
34014 Pournos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Tsopelas (Mr.)
SELFTECH - ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E ROBOTICA LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 169 802,99
Address
Rua Da Pedreira 41
6215678 Unhais Da Serra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Barbosa (Mr.)
SMART MATERIAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 839,01
Address
Lobtauer Strasse 69
01159 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Kunzmann (Dr.)
ALSTOM POWER LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Newbold Road
CV21 2NH Rugby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jahidul Kabir (Dr.)
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 24 090
Address
Al. Piastow 17
70 310 Szczecin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Justyna Jonczyk (Ms.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 41 982
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
FLOTEKS PLASTIK SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 139 881,75
Address
Dosab Fulya Sokak 7
16245 Demirtas Bursa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Veysel Celal Beysel (Mr.)
TURKIYE RUZGAR ENERJISI BIRLIGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 32 196
Address
Sokak 1271 Ehlibeyt Mahallesi 15
06520 Ankara
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ceyda Tİryakİ (Ms.)