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Training future mechanical, civil, electrionic engineers and computer scientists in SYStem Identification, Condition & Health Monitoring for a New Generation of WIND Turbines

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 238325

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 026 568

  • EU contribution

    € 3 026 568

Coordinated by:

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

Ireland

Objective

Growth in the European wind energy market has led to the manufacture of larger turbines (~ 7.5 MW). There are several challenges associated with these turbines, particularly offshore, e.g., vibrations/ damage of the flexible blades, mechanical drives/electric converters. These raise maintenance concerns and result in operational downtime, impacting on power systems and supply reliability. For these reasons there have been huge R&D investments creating the requirement for highly trained manpower in Europe. The SYSWIND network will train future engineers and scientists in truly multi-disciplinary and newly emerging scientific areas and technologies for next generation wind turbines. There are six research themes: new structural health monitoring (SHM), wireless sensor network (WSN), multi-body systems (including aerodynamics and geotechnics), semi-active vibration control, composite materials and power system modelling. In addition, complementary non-scientific training such as on commercialisation and IPRs will be provided to enhance the career prospects of the researchers. Besides seven leading Universities from Europe, the network includes (A) 2 SMEs specialised in R&D for wind turbines and geotechnics as full partners, (B) 4 companies training 7 researchers on WSN, vibration control and wind energy trading, (C) additional partners transferring complementary skills geared towards wind energy specialists, and (D) world class research groups such as from Stanford in the US, pioneers in the research fields addressed. The strong involvement of the industry will shape the training needs of the researchers and increase their employability. The association with the leading experts will aid the career development of the researchers and raise their profile. The network has the potential to establish new mutually-recognized inter-institutional courses jointly with industry partners, and thus strengthen the growth and competiveness of the wind energy sector.
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Coordinator

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

Address

College Green
2 Dublin

Ireland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 195 608

Administrative Contact

Deirdre Savage (Ms.)

Participants (7)

LAC engineering ApS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 241 189

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 341 814

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 241 189

RAMBOLL DANMARK A/S

Denmark

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 377 918

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 429 294

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 199 556

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 238325

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 026 568

  • EU contribution

    € 3 026 568

Coordinated by:

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

Ireland