Autonomous ice protection combining guided ultrasonic waves and electrothermal systems

Lead Participant: Renewable Advice Ltd

Abstract

Offshore wind is considered a key sector for meeting national and international targets with respect to sustainability, energy security, and low electricity prices. As offshore wind costs are decreasing and existing technical difficulties are overcome, the majority of new installations in the UK and abroad are expected to be located in Northern areas where wind resources are abundant but climates are cold and icing conditions are common. Ice protection is essential for the operation of wind turbines operating in cold climates. Ice accretion on the blades of turbines can significantly increase operational costs, lower energy output, and decrease turbine lifetime. This project will develop WIN-D-ICE, a new system which provides automatic ice protection by combining existing state-of-the-art anti- and de- icing technologies. The system will achieve maximum performance at minimum costs and energy use by using sensors to detect ice on the blades and specialised software to automatically control system operation. WIN-D-ICE will act as a catalyst enabling further growth of offshore to achieve national and international commitments and targets with respect to renewables, energy costs, and energy security for the benefit of us all.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Renewable Advice Ltd, Winchester £259,422 £ 181,595
 

Participant

Transport Systems Catapult, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom £146,532 £ 146,532
Netcomposites Limited, Chesterfield £221,262 £ 154,883
Brunel University, United Kingdom £325,403 £ 325,403
Alpha Electro-Technology Limited, MARLOW £271,865 £ 190,306
Fgv Cambridge Nanosystems Limited, CAMBRIDGE £238,397 £ 119,199

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