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New innovative solutions, components and tools for the integration of wind energy in urban and peri-urban areas

Objective

European Commission plans for wind energy development by 2020, highlights a fully competitive onshore wind power with 20% penetration. One of the better opportunities to fulfil this aim is the integration of small and medium wind turbines into urban and peri-urban environments, due to the potential market given. However, nowadays there are several barriers) that have relegated the Small Wind Turbines (SWTs) sector to stand as a minority choice among the renewable energy options.
SWIP project expects to suppose a critical burst to the expansion of SWTs in Europe and worldwide. SWIP aims to develop, implement and test innovative solutions and components for tackling the current barriers the technology have, opening the way for a successful market uptake in the near future. These cutting-edge technology improvements will result in an important reduction of maintenance costs (near 40%), an increase in 9% in SWTs performance, the mitigation and/or elimination of noise and vibrations, likely reducing final users investment. All in all, SWIP will provide a new methodology for wind resource assessment in urban areas with a maximum of 8% RMS error in speed prediction. The whole development performed within the project, will be supported on the basis of aesthetical design and integration into urban environments, as well as scalability of solutions, as main drivers for project success. Three pilots for testing different solutions and different urban applications are envisaged.
In order to achieve these goals, a well-balanced consortium, including ten different nationalities is given. The project is industrially driven, mainly by SMEs, which are the main actors in the small wind energy market. These five SMEs will provide their experience and knowledge, supported by a large company with expertise in the sector and 5 best in class research institutions. Finally, a public authority and an European Economic Interest Group closes SWIP competitive consortium.

Coordinator

FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS

Address

Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3d
50018 Zaragoza

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 929 815,02

Administrative Contact

Leonardo Subias (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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KEMA NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

UZDAROJI AKCINE BENDROVE POLIPLASTAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 373 705,30

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 577 256,80

FOR OPTIMAL RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 330 900

METEODYN SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 322 236,80

DNV GL NETHERLANDS B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 253 342

GREENOVATE ! EUROPE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 210 954

SOLEARTH LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 363 377,05

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 152 613,66

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 446 640,80

BALTYCKA AGENCJA POSZANOWANIA ENERGII SP ZOO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 197 842,30

ETULOS SOLUTE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 293 330

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 119 720

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 333 957,72

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608554

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 507 760,73

  • EU contribution

    € 4 905 691,45

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS

Spain