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EcoSwing - Energy Cost Optimization using Superconducting Wind Generators - World’s First Demonstration of a 3.6 MW Low-Cost Lightweight DD Superconducting Generator on a Wind Turbine

EcoSwing - Energy Cost Optimization using Superconducting Wind Generators - World’s First Demonstration of a 3.6 MW Low-Cost Lightweight DD Superconducting Generator on a Wind Turbine

Objective

EcoSwing aims at world's first demonstration of a superconducting low-cost, lightweight drive train on a modern 3.6 MW wind turbine.

EcoSwing is quantifiable: The generator weight is reduced by 40% compared to commercial permanent magnet direct-drive generators (PMDD). For the nacelle this means a very significant weight reduction of 25%. Assuming series production, cost reduction for the generator can be 40% compared to PMDD. Finally, reliance on rare earth metals is down by at least two orders of magnitude.

This demonstration is enabled by the increasing maturity of industrial superconductivity. In an ambitious step beyond present activities, EcoSwing will advance the TRL from 4-5 to 6-7. We are shifting paradigms: Previously, HTS was considered for very big, highly efficient turbines for future markets only. By means of cost-optimization, EcoSwing targets a turbine of great relevance already to the present large-scale wind power market. The design principles of EcoSwing are applicable to markets with a wide range of turbine ratings from 2 MW to 10 MW and beyond.

Despite technological successes in superconductivity, turbine manufacturers and generator suppliers are hesitant to apply HTS into the wind sector, because of real and perceived risks. The environment inside a wind turbine has unique requirements to generators (parasitic loads and moments, vibration, amount of independent hours of operation). Therefore, a demonstration is required.

The consortium represents a full value chain from materials, over components, up to a turbine manufacturer as an end-user providing market pull. It features competent partners on the engineering, the cryogenic, and the power conversion side. Also ground-based testing before turbine deployment, pre-certification activities, and training are included.

EcoSwing can become tangible: The EcoSwing demonstrator will commence operation in 2018 on an existing very modern 3.6 MW wind turbine in Thyborøn, Denmark.
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Coordinator

ENVISION ENERGY (DENMARK) APS

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Torvet 11 2
8600 Silkeborg

Denmark

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 527 029

Participants (8)

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ECO 5 GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 642 193,88

JEUMONT ELECTRIC SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 999 707,63

DELTA ENERGY SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 088 850

THEVA DUENNSCHICHTTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 988 205,63

SUMITOMO (SHI) CRYOGENICS OF EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 296 450

GERMANISCHER LLOYD INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 52 237,50

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 988 605

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 008 455

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 656024

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 846 593,75

  • EU contribution

    € 10 591 733,64

Coordinated by:

ENVISION ENERGY (DENMARK) APS

Denmark