Conference presentation: September 2014

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IET 3rd Renewable Power Generation Conference (RPG™), 24th – 25th September 2014, Napoli, Italy.  A paper was submitted by Dr Mayorkinos Papaelias of the University of Birmingham, with contributions from various members of the project consortium.  The presentation, titled “Efficient diagnostic condition monitoring for industrial wind turbines” was given by Dr Pietro Tricoli.

Conference presentation: April 2014

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s 7th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (IET PEMD 2014) was held from 8th – 10th April 2014 in Manchester, UK.  Paul McKeever from Narec gave a presentation titled “Life estimation modelling for power electronics used in wind turbines”.

Advisory Board

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The project consortium is in the process of creating an Advisory Board, where key stakeholders from the industry interested in the technology developed and demonstrated will be invited to join.  The Advisory Board will provide guidance and advice when called upon.  It is anticipated that the Advisory Board will meet twice a year.  The project consortium will provide an overview of the project progress and outputs at these meetings and may request the Advisory Board to review them.

Deliverables submitted to EC / work being undertaken at the moment…

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Work is progressing well on the project and several work packages are currently active.  The first few deliverable reports have now been submitted to the Project Officer in Brussels, for review.  The submitted deliverable reports are:

  • D 8.1 Project website;
  • D1.1 Collection of failure data for onshore and offshore wind farms;
  • D1.2 Assessment of condition monitoring systems employed;
  • D2.1 Gearbox reliability review;
  • D2.2 Drive-train failure root cause analysis.

Two more deliverables are expected to be submitted in May.  Apart from the project website which is public, the rest of the deliverables are confidential reports.  However, a public summary of the work carried out will be made available after the end of the first reporting period (M18: January 2015).

Consortium meeting 3 planned for July

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The third consortium meeting is planned to take place in July in Portugal and will be hosted by the Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (ISQ), one of the project beneficiaries.  Progress since the last meeting will be discussed, along with current work package tasks, deliverables and reporting updates.  The first official project review is planned for early 2015, so initial preparations for this will also be discussed at the meeting.

Consortium meeting 2

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The second meeting of the consortium took place in February in Madrid.  The meeting was hosted by Indra Sistemas (INDRA), one of the project beneficiaries.  During the meeting, each of the consortium members presented on the work they have carried out to date and plans for the next six months were discussed and finalised.  A representative from Kyungpook National University in South Korea also attended the meeting.

Collaboration with Kyungpook National University

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The OPTIMUS consortium gives great importance to cooperation with overseas institutes and industry to increase the impact of the project’s results and also help increase communication between Europe and other countries.  As a result the consortium has agreed to collaborate with the College of IT Engineering of the Kyungpook National University (KNU) from South Korea in the area of signal processing and dependable embedded computer systems.  This collaboration will introduce the consortium partners to academia and industry in Korea and South East Asia.

ACCIONA now officially part of consortium

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Acciona Energia (ACCIONA), based in Spain, was officially accepted by the European Commission as a full consortium beneficiary in February 2014.  This means ACCIONA is able to fully participate in the project, which runs until July 2016.  ACCIONA will contribute to all project work packages and will provide its expertise to the project consortium.  ACCIONA will provide access to wind turbines to allow their instrumentation for the validation and demonstration of the prognostic technology developed.  ACCIONA will also contribute profoundly in the broad dissemination of the key deliverables of the project and will help towards the commercial exploitation of the OPTIMUS main deliverables.

Special OPTIMUS session to be held at the 11th International Conference of Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies

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A special OPTIMUS session on wind turbine condition monitoring is organised by the University of Birmingham as part of the 11th International Conference of Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies.  The event will be held in Manchester on 10th – 12th June 2014.  The session will be chaired by Dr Mayorkinos Papaelias of the University of Birmingham.  The keynote presentation will be given by Alexandros Karyotakis of TERNA Energy and is entitled “The optimisation of Operation and Maintenance Strategies of Offshore wind farms and the importance of advanced Condition Monitoring”.  Several other partners of the OPTIMUS project will present their work during the conference including the University of Birmingham, TERNA Energy, Feldman Enterprises, Narec, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and the University of Sheffield.  The associate participant Kyungpook National University will also present their work as part of their collaboration with the OPTIMUS consortium.  The event is being hosted by the British Institute of NDT together with the US Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology and the International Society for Condition Monitoring.