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The project
The project

Windtrust aims to reduce the cost of wind energy generation by further improving the reliability of key components of the turbine.

As with all energy sources, the key to greater competitiveness is to  increase the cost-effectiveness of a given energy generation process . In the case of wind turbines, this means ensuring the highest possible levels of reliability and availability by optimising design, operation and maintenance phases.

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reducing the cost of wind energy generation

Improved Rotorblades
Improved Rotorblades

WINDTRUST will optimise the use of carbon fibre to increase blade durability and reduce component weight, which will contribute to extending the overall life of the turbine.

Optimized power electronics
Optimized power electronics

WINDTRUST will optimise power electronics by reducing the number of components and interfaces by 40% to 60%. This can be done by using new assembly technologies such as all sintered modules and by reducing the volume of the inverter by 30%. 

Smart Turbine controller
Smart Turbine controller

WINDTRUST will test control algorithms for maximizing the balance between energy production and machine life. A smarter controller will reduce fatigue loads and help in the detection, characterization and impact mitigation of faulty conditions. 

Reduction in maintenance costs to boost wind power plants profitability

Wind power production costs have fallen 66% in six years due to rising plant capacities and significant cuts in operation and maintenance costs, according to a report published by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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The Consortium
Gamesa, project coordinator
LM Wind Power
University of Southampton

This project has received funding
from the European Union's Seventh Programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement No 322449