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Understanding of the Physics of Wind Turbine and Rotor Dynamics through an Integrated Simulation Framework

Objective

Wind energy is the largest of the new renewable energies and traditional wind turbine design has reached maturity, but still improvements can be done through better understanding of the physics for the entire wind turbine system. At the same time demand for more green energy, requires new turbine designs with improved environmental characteristics, adaptable to new locations, etc.

In the UPWARDS project the goal is by the help of high performance computing (HPC) to develop a simulation framework, which will incorporate a more complete description of the wind field, turbine, the support structure, etc. and their interaction in order to better understand the physics of the entire system. The complex wind field will be calculated adding interactions from nearby turbines, waves, terrain, etc.

The simulation framework will yield more accurate prediction of the forces acting in the system and thus the energy captured by the turbine. In addition, it will better predict acoustic phenomena, and materials issues related to the turbine blades, etc. The platform will be modular and new design will be relatively simple to introduce.
An important part of the project is to evaluate the socio-economic impact and to bring user communities into the project development.

Altogether this will improve the design development process and allow for faster implementation of new and more advanced designs with less environmental impact. It will also improve the accuracy in power production.

The methodologies and major results from the project will be published in open access journals or freely accessible reports. In addition an open database containing relevant results and raw data will be established. This will enable other researchers and turbine developers to utilise the results for further studies.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA-TwoStage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 782 050

Participants (10)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 469 410
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
SAMTECH SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 562 961,25
Address
Rue Des Chasseurs Ardennais 8 Parc Scientifique Du Sart Tilman
4031 Angleur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AWS TRUEPOWER SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 386 312,50
Address
Calle Baldiri Reixac 10-12
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 304 160
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 172 500
Address
Borupvej 16
7330 Brande
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 396 068,75
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 259 125
Address
Interleuvenlaan 68
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL LITORAL
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 196 250
Address
Boulevard Pellegrini 2750
3000 Santa Fe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 301 080
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations
WAVESTONE LUXEMBOURG SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 170 000
Address
10 Rue Du Chateau D'eau
3364 Leudelange
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)