A new international collaboration has been established to carry out research on the development of seven new offshore wind turbine blade technologies.
The proposed technologies have the potential to collectively reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of offshore wind by as much as 4.7%.
The two-year collaboration includes ten European partners and will receive a €4m fund from the Demowind network.
Known as the Offshore Demonstration Blade (ODB) project, the initiative will promote research, development, and demonstration of wind turbine blade innovations, including aerodynamic and structural improvements, blade monitoring systems, and blade erosion protection solutions.
The resulting solutions will be developed and retrofitted to Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Scotland for demonstration.
After the demonstration, the new technologies will be ready for deployment on existing or new offshore turbines.
ORE Catapult Operational Performance director Chris Hill said: “This project aims to develop a number of innovative technologies that have huge potential to further reduce the cost of offshore wind.
“Having a dedicated platform on which to demonstrate these technologies, the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, will improve our understanding of how they operate in real-world conditions and the impact they will have on blade performance, operations and cost of energy.”
Based in the UK, ORE Catapult Development Services (ODSL) will coordinate the ODB project, which will also include CENER, Bladena, TNO, Aerox, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Total Wind, Dansk Ingeniør Service (DIS), Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Spain’s Cardenal Herrera University (CEU) as partners.