New international collaboration to improve the performance of offshore wind turbine blades

                                     

Seven new technological blade enhancements aim to reduce cost of offshore wind energy by up to 4.7%.

 

A major, international €4 million research collaboration between 10 European partners is leading the development of seven novel offshore wind turbine blade technologies, which collectively could lower the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of offshore wind by as much as 4.7%.

 

The Offshore Demonstration Blade (ODB) project is supporting the research, development and demonstration of wind turbine blade innovations, including aerodynamic and structural enhancements, blade monitoring systems and blade erosion protection solutions. These products will be developed and retrofitted to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Scotland for demonstration purposes. The innovations will then be ready for deployment on existing or new offshore turbines.

 

The two-year Demowind-funded project will be coordinated by the UK’s ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd (ODSL), and involve leading organizations in wind turbine innovation including CENER, Bladena, TNO, Aerox, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Total Wind, Dansk IngeniørService A/S (DIS), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Cardenal Herrera University (CEU) in Spain.

 

Operations and maintenance costs represent almost a quarter of the total LCOE of an offshore wind turbine, with rotor operations and maintenance, specifically blade erosion and blade structural integrity, representing a large share of these costs. Therefore, improving the performance and operational lifetime of turbine blades will have a direct impact in lowering LCOE.

 

- We have reason to be proud of being part of projects like this one. Denmark is in the lead when it comes to wind power research. The research benefits both the general renewable energy conversion as well as the Danish wind power industry, says Anders Søe-Jensen, CEO of Bladena and former CEO of Vestas Offshore and GE Offshore.

 

The Danish part of the project is supported by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP), which is administered by the Danish Energy Agency.

 

For more information contact:
Lea Sleimann, PR responsible at DIS, +45 87 38 74 50, les@d-i-s.dk, odb-project.com.

 

Photo: ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd

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