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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 780662

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 318 177,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 716 906,63

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

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

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

EDF ENERGY RENEWABLES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 84 988,75

EDF ENERGY R&D UK CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 117 941,25

AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 474 008,50

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 462 500

RENEWABLE TECHNICAL SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

WRS CATHODIC PROTECTION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 210 765,63

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 780662

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 318 177,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 716 906,63

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom