Annual wind power installations in Europe have increased over the last 14 years at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8%.
Reliability of wind turbines is a pre-requisite to ensure the healthy growth of wind energy and ensuring the integrity of blades in the wind energy industry is a key issue with respect to the business, safety and the environment.
Turbine manufacturers confirmed the industry need for a condition monitoring system capable of detecting and predicting failures and conditions related to the blades on megawatt-class wind turbines.
According to life-extension programs, with the installation of new and additional condition monitoring equipment around 90% of turbines can potentially carry on working for up to a decade beyond their original 20-year stated operational life.
“Therefore the overall problem envisaged is the lack of an effective and comprehensive condition monitoring systems (CMS) for wind turbine blades. The main issues are:
The BladeSave project aim is to commercialise a novel solution, BladeSave, a fusion between a Fibre Optic Structural Health Monitoring System providing multi-sensing capability and blade management software linking the data from inspection and maintenance to the SHM data offering a comprehensive solution for wind turbine blade monitoring, repair and management.
The project objective is to reduce the risks related to blade failures and contribute to the growth and competitiveness of wind energy in the world’s energy markets by commercialising an innovative solution that will:
Due to confidentiality agreements, results of the project deliverables will be published after project completion.
Ongoing project – Duration: 2 years (June 2017- June 2019)