The first OPTIMUS technical report has been submitted to the European Commission. The report covered the first 18 months of project activity. The consortium recently received notice from the Commission that it has been reviewed and accepted. Another similar technical report will be delivered at the end of the project.
The consortium met in September 2015 in Albacete, Spain and were hosted by Ingeteam Service. Progress on the project for the period January – September was reviewed. Work scheduled for the next six months was discussed in detail, to ensure alignment with the project’s tasks, deliverables and milestones. Activity is continuing on work packages 3 – 6; work package 7 has just started.
The Twelfth International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies took place in Oxford, UK from 9th – 11th June 2015. A special session on OPTIMUS was organised and the keynote presentation was given by Antonio Fernández Díez of Ingeteam. Several other OPTIMUS project partners also presented their work during the conference.
Dr Mayorkinos Papaelias from the University of Birmingham was invited to give a lecture on the OPTIMUS project at Kyungpook National University (KNU) in Daegu, South Korea on 11th April 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.