WIND TURBINES IN EU

The current status of the european wind energy market, as depicted by the EWEA, can easily show the inherent impact of improving performances of Wind Turbines. Wind has become an integral part of the generation mix of markets like Germany, Spain, and Denmark alongside conventional power sources. Annual wind power installations in the EU have increased from 3.2 GW in 2000 to 11.9 GW in 2012, a compound annual growth rate of over 11%. Wind energy represented 26% of all new EU power capacity installed in 2012, with investments of between €12.8 billion and €17.2 billion.

HOW DOES SOFTWIND WORK?

SoftWind aims at presenting a multidimensional approach to the problem of CoE reduction for large size on-shore wind turbines. This goal will be pursued following this 6 main threads:

Advanced Control Design
Advanced Control design for load reduction, Advanced supervisory control design and Fault management for WT working under dam. cond.
Advanced Materials
Selection of hybrid composite configuration and experimental testing on composites
Modelling, Co-simulation and Fatigue
Flexible multibody modelling and simulation, stress recovery and Fatigue behaviour evaluation
Experimental Wind Tunnel Tests
Experimental Tests Campaign: testing on a scaled model
Structural Damage Detection
Advanced techinques fot damage detection and experimental fatigue test
Management
Co-ordination of technical activities and dissemination fo results

The project is predicted to have a significant impact on lowering the CoE, achieved by increasing the technology performance, decreasing operation and maintenance costs, increasing reliability and lifetime of WTs with an eye to environmental impact. As a whole, the main Key Performance Indicator (KPI) can be considered the CoE, and an overall 5% CoE reduction can be foreseen as the expected performance, as a consequence of technology optimization and reduced O&M costs.

SOFTWIND RESEARCHES