A New Partnership in Offshore Wind

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Abstract

The opening of Siemens new £310m offshore wind (OSW) turbine blade factory in Hull is a milestone for the industry. It coincides with increased investment in operations and maintenance activities to service the increasing capacity of OSW farms, especially by the world's largest OSW developer, DONG Energy. This proposal brings together these two major players with world-leading academic researchers in a £7.64m, 5-year programme. Focussing on TRL1-3 it will address the fundamental research problems that will help to reduce the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCoE) from OSW and to support UK supply chain growth. The £3.83m requested from EPSRC unlocks £2.50m investment by the industrial players in lower TRL activity that they would not otherwise fund to this level. A further £1.31m is invested by the academic partners.

Planned Impact

The programme ultimately enables more affordable and efficient technology to facilitate growth of offshore wind power (OSW) to meet energy needs worldwide. It provides growth in the UK OSW supply chain, meeting the national needs of growth in the low-carbon economy, achieving UK CO2 emissions-targets and ensuring resilient low-cost energy. Key beneficiaries include:

1. The UK OSW industry will obtain solutions to key issues impeding the further development of OSW technology - this will allow participants to forge ahead in a rapidly growing, high-demand global sector, developing new products and improve the efficiency and durability of existing technology. They will also benefit from an influx of specialists with a skill set tailored to their specific needs.
2. The British Government and the environment will benefit from resilient and affordable solutions to meet their international obligations for reductions in CO2 emissions.
3. The public will benefit from lower prices for sustainable electricity.
4. Academic research benefits from the dissemination of this internationally leading low-TRL research in high-impact journals and conferences.
5. Young people and under-represented groups will be attracted into engineering and innovation.

Leadership of the programme by the UK's major OSW companies (Siemens and DONG Energy) drives the primary pathway to impact: innovation and growth in the UK OSW supply chain to meet the national needs of low-carbon economic growth, CO2 emissions-targets and resilient low-cost energy. This new industrial and university collaboration is built upon well-established individual partnerships thereby de-risking the translation to industry.

One of the barriers to achieving the required cost reduction in the OSW industry is the presence of disconnects in the delivery chain between the turbine OEM and the wind farm developer/operator. For the first time in the UK, Siemens and DONG Energy will jointly participate in a fundamental research programme to co-create and co-influence sector wide roadmaps. In addition, Siemens and DONG Energy will drive the progression through the TRLs and improve links into the existing mechanisms for supporting early stage ideas in this sector aided by the collaboration with the EPSRC Supergen Wind Hub and ORE Catapult.

Direct impact through the industrial partners includes new generator designs for the next generation of even larger wind turbines at lower capital cost, structural health monitoring for reduced O&M costs, novel designs of blades and foundations.

Creation of a new collaboration between the Universities of Durham, Hull and Sheffield accelerate academic impact for this challenge and the transfer of leading research capabilities into related fields: equipment design, condition monitoring, structural health monitoring, and blade manufacturing and instrumentation.
 
Description Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment
Amount £5,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 08/2027
 
Description Future Advanced Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub
Amount £10,306,217 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S018034/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2025
 
Description PhD Studentship
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Hull 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2022
 
Description Powertrain Research Hub, Research Collaboration
Amount £699,269 (GBP)
Funding ID Call Ref. ORE/18/20 
Organisation ORE Catapult 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 02/2024
 
Description Supergen ORE hub 2018
Amount £5,097,482 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S000747/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 06/2022
 
Description Industry based secondment 
Organisation Siemens AG
Department Siemens plc, Keele
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Identifying a PhD (J Maravi-Nieto) student and a specific requirement for on-site work experience and knowledge exchange.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of instruction and knowledge transfer during a secondment period.
Impact Better understanding and increased knowledge of the research field and specific issues.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Industry based secondment 
Organisation Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Country Spain 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have made the arrangements and authorised for the student to spend 3 months on an industry-based secondment with one of our industry partners.
Collaborator Contribution Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will provide technical support, mentoring and knowledge exchange as well as access to test equipment and data.
Impact Knowledge exchange, technical assistance and advice, first-hand experience of working in the industry facilities and guidance on the direction of future research for the PhD student, Yi Wei.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Industry based secondment 
Organisation Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Country Spain 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have made the arrangements and authorised for the student to spend 3 months on an industry-based secondment with one of our industry partners.
Collaborator Contribution Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will provide technical support, mentoring and knowledge exchange as well as access to test equipment and data.
Impact Knowledge exchange, technical assistance and advice, first-hand experience of working in the industry facilities and guidance on the direction of future research for the PhD student, Tianyi Liu.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Industry based secondment. 
Organisation Siemens AG
Department Siemens plc, Keele
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Identifying a PhD student (Ximeng Wu) and a specific requirement for on-site work experience and knowledge transfer.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of instruction and knowledge transfer during a secondment period.
Impact Better understanding and increased knowledge of the research field and specific issues.
Start Year 2018
 
Description MSc Apprenticeship programme. 
Organisation Siemens AG
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Hull is hosting and teaching the new programme.
Collaborator Contribution Siemens Gamesa are contributing expertise to provide the students with real-world application and to develop specialist knowledge of offshore wind energy engineering technologies, methods, practices and strategy.
Impact It is too early to list any outcomes at this moment.
Start Year 2019
 
Title Method for determining the rotational position of a rotor in a permanent magnet synchronous machine 
Description Method for determining the rotational position of a rotor in a permanent magnet synchronous machine 
IP Reference EP18211866 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed No
Impact not applicable
 
Description 2nd Project Annual Meeting and meeting of Advisory Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In September 2019 The University of Hull hosted the second annual meeting of the project to which we invited members of our Advisory Board, members of our Management Board, all the academic supervisors from the three universities, and all the PDRAs and PhD students who had been appointed. Over sixty members of the project were present on the first day to hear about the nature of the research being undertaken in the four work packages and to hear from the Work Package Leaders on progress that has been made in the last twelve months. In addition, we reported back on actions taken in response to the recommendations made by the Advisory Board at the previous meeting.
We ran a poster competition, with all the PDRAs and PhD students eligible to enter, which we asked the members of Advisory Board and Management Board to judge. The prizes were awarded at a social event in the evening.
The second day began with presentations from a selection of the PhD students to provide more detailed information on the type of research being undertaken on the project. Many useful comments and questions were posed by our industrial partners which the students and their supervisors will take on board as they plan their next steps. We completed the event with meetings of both the Management and Advisory Boards which were followed by a feedback and discussion session to allow the key project stakeholders to hear the thoughts, recommendations and advice of the Advisory Board as part of their remit to help improve the relevance and efficacy of the research being conducted. We are sincerely grateful for all the contributions from the Advisory Board members and welcome their input and their continuing future involvement in our work. A number of important recommendations have been generated from the event and the Management Board look forward to implementing them in the coming months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AURA Energy Breakfast meeting, October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof R Patton and Dr Y Liu were invited to talk at an AURA Energy breakfast meeting in October 2019. Their presentation was entitled "Smart Wind Turbine Fault Tolerance and Load Balancing."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attended International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM2018), 3-5 Sept. 2018, Alexandroupolis, Greece. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended the conference, communicated with global researchers on various topics particularly associated with wind power generation, and presented 6 papers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description First Project Annual Meeting and Meeting of the Advisory Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In October 2018 The University of Sheffield hosted the first annual meeting of the project to which we invited members of our Advisory Board, members of our Management Board, all the academic supervisors from the three universities, and all the PDRAs and PhD students who had been appointed. Over forty members of the project were present on the first day to hear about the nature of the research being undertaken in the four work packages and to hear from the Work Package Leaders on progress that has been made in the first twelve months.
On the second day we held meetings of both the Management and Advisory Boards. These were followed by a feedback and discussion session to allow the key project stakeholders to hear the thoughts, recommendations and advice of the Advisory Board as part of their remit to help improve the relevance and efficacy of the research being conducted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IEEE-ECCE 2019 Conference and Expo, 29 Sept - 3 Oct 2019, Baltimore, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Zhu and other members of the project gave presentations to the audience on Electrical Machines and Drives; Power Electronics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.ieee-ecce.org/2019/
 
Description IFAC Safeprocess Conference, Warsaw, August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Yanhua Liu gave a presentation of the work (Y Liu and R J Patton) "Fault-tolerant Individual Pitch Control using Adaptive Sliding Mode Observer" at an invited special session about "Fault tolerant control of wind turbines". The session, organised by Prof. Ron Patton and Dr Silvio Simani (University of Ferrara) provided an excellent forum for discussion with other researchers working on this subject. The other sessions presenters are world experts in the is subject.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/138614/7/Fault%20tolerant%20individual%20pitch%20control%20using%20ad...
 
Description Industry Awareness event for all post-doctroal research associates and PhD students. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact a 3-day event of seminars and workshops that also included visits to a Siemens Gamesa blade factory and training facility, and to Orsted's operation and maintenance facility in Grimsby.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Talk at Angers University. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Nikos Dervilis gave an invited talk on Robust Novelty Detection to the Institut Universitaire de Technologie at the University of Angers, France, in May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Talk at ETH University, Zurich. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Nikos Dervilis gave an invited talk on Complexity in Engineering Systems to an audience at ETH University, Zurich, Switzerland in July 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Talk to Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer School, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Nikos Dervilis gave a talk on Offshore Wind to an audience made up of students, academics and industrial collaborators at a summer school at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in California, USA in June 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talk IET Power Electronics Machines and Drives International Conference, Liverpool, June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Zhu gave an invited talk to the conference to heighten awareness of current issues in this research area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk and lecture to Los Alamos National Laboratories Engineering School, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited lecture to the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratories Engineering Summer/Training School. It is one of the top Engineering Schools in the USA with top undergraduate students across US academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk at Columbia University, New York, USA, for Dr Nikolaos Dervilis and Professor Keith Worden. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A series of invited talks from Columbia University as part of a technical seminar to establish collaboration and common research activities. This specific talk was about offshore wind turbine performance monitoring, and about how the use of offshore wind farms has been growing in recent years in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk, ETH University, Zurich, Swizerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentations and extensive research discussion around the subject of offshore wind energy and the use of advanced machine learning tools in the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JMAG European User Conference, Oct 15-17 2019, Strasbourg, France 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Zhu gave a 4-hour presentation entitled "Electrical Machine Technologies, Topologies and Applications" at the JMAG User Workshop and Rajesh Kumar presented on "3D design of transverse flux machine."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://events.powersys-solutions.com/jmag-europe-user-conference-2019/
 
Description Presence at Global Offshore Wind Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact AURA attended, and had a stand at, the Global Offshore Wind Conference held in London in June 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presence at Wind Europe Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact AURA attended, and had a stand at, the Wind Energy Europe Conference held in Copenhagen in November 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Project web site 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A dedicated project web site to raise awareness of the project to the general public and the research community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.npow.group.shef.ac.uk
 
Description Research Progress Meeting and Site Visitt 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact During a visit to the SGRE offices in Brande, Denmark, from 25th to 29th November 2019, Weijiang Lin and Chandula Wickramarachchi had the opportunity to meet with the staff from Siemens Gamesa who provide support to their research. The discussions were extremely useful for both sides in reaching an agreement on the research directions of the projects, and gaining a clear understanding of what resources are available and best suitable. Support for technical issues was immediately available as they were encountered. It was encouraging to hear that the staff in Brande had a great interest in the potential in our projects and a strong willingness to provide whatever resources were needed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Research progress meeting and site visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact From 25th-28th November 2019, Jack Barker travelled to Ørsted offices in Copenhagen with his supervisor, Toby Breckon, for the formal project kick-off meeting for Work Package 2.1 and to agree more details of Ørsted's requirements for in-situ blade inspection. They discussed an outline of future testing and the provision of blade samples to Durham University and set up monthly progress teleconferences. On 26th they visited the test site at Avendore.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Research progress meeting with industrial sponsor. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project members from the Dynamics Research Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield continued their series of technical review meetings by returning to Brande in September. They were able to follow up on the advice and feedback from their visit in June and receive further guidance on how the research should progress over the coming months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SGRE 6-monthly technical presentation event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The latest of our 6-monthly events where all the PhD students and Post-Docs on the project (in the EMD group at Sheffield) present their work to managers and engineers from Siemens Gamesa. Our colleagues from SGRE give valuable feedback and guidance that steers the research work and ensures it is aligned with their requirements. The students are asked to respond to the comments and will begin their presentations at the next event by reporting on their actions as a result of them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SGRE Technical Wokshop (Dynamics Resesarch Group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our first technical presentation and feedback event for the post-doctoral research associates and PhD students in the Dynamics Research Group. The event tok lace in Brande, Denmark, and allowed the researchers to get informed, expert advice and guidance from one of our main industrial partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SGRE Technical presentations (June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A continuation of the 6-monthly technical presentations by students and PDRAs in EMD to our industrial partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SUPERGEN Wind General Assembly, Dundee, November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Yanhua Liu provided a poster (Supervisors R J Patton and J M Gilbert) "Wind Turbine Structural Load Reduction with Pitch Sensor Fault Compensation".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.supergen-wind.org.uk/research/nov2018generalassembly
 
Description Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy - University of Sheffield 10 year collaboration anniversary. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Sheffield Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Research Centre (S²GRE) celebrated its 10 year anniversary at a dinner and drinks reception held at the Siemens Mindsphere Lounge in The Diamond at the University of Sheffield. The innovative collaboration between the Electrical Machines and Drives research group from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Siemens Gamesa has developed the most reliable, innovative and efficient wind turbine generators for the global market since 2009.
The evening saw key players of the collaborative partnership share the successes of the last 10 years to an audience of The University of Sheffield academics and Siemens Gamesa colleagues.
The S²GRE Centre is now focusing on the future by developing second generation off-shore wind power generators with further improved power density and reduced cost. The Centre forms a key element of the University's strategic collaboration with Siemens Gamesa. The broad partnership is developing innovative solutions for global challenges in renewable energy, working across disciplines as part of the University's Energy Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy Technical Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our 3rd Technical Workshop event, over 2 days, allowed all the PhD students and PDRAs working in the EMD Research Group at the University of Sheffield the opportunity to present their research to an audience of SGRE engineers from Brande, Keele and Sheffield. The constructive feedback and advice we received is ensuring that the work remains fully aligned to industry priorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy Technical Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We continued with our 6-monthly programme of presentations by the PhD students and PDRAs working on the project. Each was asked to give an update on their work taking account of the feedback they had received from the first event in January. Their progress, the scope of their work and their plans for future research were all assessed against the requirements of our industrial partners. Attended by engineers/managers from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Keele UK, and Brande Denmark.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Siemens-gamesa Renewable Energy Technical Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Overview the global research activities associated with the project (literature review) and make plans for the research topics, scopes, and major directions. Attended by Engineers/managers from Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy, Keele, UK, and Brande, Denmark.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Siemens-gamesa Renewable Energy Technical Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brainstorming session on research topics for converter topologies for Wind Turbine Generators, 10 Oct. 2017, attended by Engineers/managers from Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy, Keele, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Siemens-gamesa Renewable Energy Technical Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brainstorming session on research topics for Direct-Drive Wind Power Generators, 21 Nov. 2017, attended by Engineers/managers from Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy, Brande, Denmark.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Site visit to Siemens Gamesa facilities in Aalborg, Denmark 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact At the end of April two of our research staff at the University of Hull were invited to visit Siemens Gamesa facilities in Aalborg, Denmark. Waseem Tahir and Thomas Allsop wanted to find out more about the manufacturing process of wind turbine blades and to reaffirm that their research, on Work Package 4.2, was continuing in line with the requirements of our industry partner. At the same time it was possible to better understand the SGRE objectives with regards to structural heath monitoring and performance during the wind turbines operation offshore, along with the optimisation of the manufacturing process of the blades.
During their stay they were shown around the factory to learnt more about the manufacturing process of the wind turbine blades and, in particular, to understand the process of the infusion of resin within the reinforcements in the mould and issues arising from it. The experience has given them an opportunity to propose alternative methods and monitoring of various stages and to then study the flow of the resin during the process. It is hoped that this could lead to a significant reduction in the amount of repair and maintenance of the blades. Other issues around the temperature control of the mould-filling process are also being considered now that the problems are better understood. Siemens Gamesa has agreed to supply materials and samples to allow for further investigation and testing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Site visit to Wind Turbine, Denmark 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact One of our Post-Doctoral Research Associates, Richard Williams, got the opportunity to witness the installation of sensors on two near-shore Siemens 3.6 MW wind turbines owned and operated by Ørsted, in Copenhagen on the 24th of January 2019. The Oil Contamination Monitor (CJC® OCM15), which measures particles and the condition of the oil, was supplied and installed by C.C.Jensen and is now giving valuable baseline data for the project. During the trip, Richard also took the opportunity to visit the test facilities at C.C.Jensen in Svendborg.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Supergen 2019 Annual Assembly 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Eight members of the project, and two members of our Advisory Board, attended the Supegen Annual Assembly at the University of Strathclyde in November 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UKACC Control Conference, Sheffield, September 2018, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Yanhua Liu gave a presentation (Y Liu and R J Patton) "Wind Turbine Load Mitigation using MPC with Gaussian Wind Speed Prediction" is a session "Energy and Power Systems" at this conference. The session provided an excellent forum for discussion with other researchers working on Power and Energy Systems in a wider context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8516882
 
Description Visit to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy facilities at Keele University. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Six PhD students, four Academic supervisors and one colleague for our industry sponsor made a visit to see the laboratories and facilities that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy have at Keele University. They were given: and introduction to SGRE (global company), an Introduction to Keele & Glasgow, a presentation on "The Wind Industry, Status, Prospects and Main Technical Issues", an explanation of active development projects, an introduction to research work ongoing (outside of Sheffield), a description of Graduate experiences and a tour of laboratories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Z.Q. Zhu, "A new partnership in off-shore wind," Keynote speech at SUPERGEN Wind General Assembly, Manchester, 16 Nov., 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Z.Q. Zhu was invited to give an over-view on the project "A new partnership in off-shore wind", as a keynote speech at SUPERGEN Wind General Assembly, Manchester, 16 Nov., 2017, which was attended by approximately 60 members including researchers form the universities and engineers and managers from the industries..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Z.Q. Zhu, "High efficiency and power density wind power generator systems with increased reliability and lower cost", Royal Academy of Engineering Research Forum, Invited Poster presentation, 20 November 2018, London. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Z.Q. Zhu gave an invited poster presentation entitled "High efficiency and power density wind power generator systems with increased reliability and lower cost" at Royal Academy of Engineering Research Forum, 20 November 2018, London. There were >100 participants, including Fellows of Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Chairs, Research Fellows. It sparked many questions and discussion afterwards, followed by a research seminar on 6 December 2018 at the University of Sheffield on "Fully superconducting machines for future electric aircraft" given by Dr Min Zhang, RAE Research Fellow, from Strathclyde University, as arranged by Professor Steve Williamson, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering. Future co-operation on superconducting machines for wind power application between Sheffield and Strathclyde was discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018