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Reference Number EP/D034566/1
Title Wind Energy Technologies
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Wind Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 15%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor P J Tavner
No email address given
Engineering
Durham University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 23 March 2006
End Date 22 March 2010
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £2,552,788
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Energy Research Capacity
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor P J Tavner , Engineering, Durham University (99.992%)
  Other Investigator Prof S (Simon ) Watson , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor WE Leithead , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor A (Anthony ) Brown , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor AC Smith , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr P ( ) Hancock , Mechanical, Medical, and Aerospace Engineering, University of Surrey (0.001%)
Mr C Mingham , Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University (0.001%)
Dr AG Dutton , Engineering and Instrumentation, STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) (0.001%)
Professor P (Paul ) Hogg , Royal Holloway, University of London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , E.ON UK (formerly PowerGen) (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Nottingham (0.000%)
Project Contact , Econnect (0.000%)
Project Contact , New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Areva (0.000%)
Project Contact , AMEC Wind Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Smart Fibres Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chell Instruments (0.000%)
Project Contact , H R Wallingford Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Web Site http://www.supergen-wind.org.uk/
Objectives
Abstract This is a SUPERGEN Consortium of 8 Universities and 1 Research Laboratory with expertise in wind turbine design, location operation, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, materials, electrical machinery, control, reliability and condition monitoring. The Consortium has the active support of 9 Partners with Industrial and Research experience, including wind farm Operators, Manufacturers Consultants.The Consortium s objective is to investigate Wind Energy Technologies.The Management Hub is Strathclyde University, the Finance Hub is Durham University.The challenge facing the Consortium is significant encompassing the search for engineering solutions:1. To improve the efficiency and reliability of wind energy.2. To reduce the cost of energy production.3. To facilitate the siting of machines in off-shore locations.4. To reduce the impact on existing infrastructure.The interdependences of the challenges and the interdisciplinary nature of the work call for flexibility, imagination and careful co-ordination of effort from the consortium that includes experts in all the relevant engineering disciplines.We believe that the Consortium offers a unique opportunity in wind energy research. The EU Framework VI programme addresses renewable energy but concentrates on the demonstration of technology. In contrast, the Consortium will focus sharply on the technological challenges, particularly those related to the exploitation of the UK s extensive offshore wind resource. The Consortium willundertake some truly interdisciplinary research that is essential in a technology comprised of many different branches of engineering. The overall objective is to improve the acceptability and cost-effectiveness of large scale offshore wind energy development by1. Investigating the reliability and availability of wind turbines and to modelling their failure modes in order to develop a predictive and proactive condition monitoring system.2. Assessing the potential design limits of large wind turbines via detailed understanding of technical developments in innovative materials and active load reduction.3. Developing new/improved methods for optimised siting and design of large wind turbines as influenced by wind flow, seabed movement, lightning and radar visibility
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