10.3.2006: Meldung: Gamesa SA: Gamesa Eólica und Ecotècnia kooperieren für "Windlider 2015"

Windlider 2015 is to develop the first large wind turbine simulation model, validated by both laboratory and field testing


Vitoria-Gasteiz, 9 March 2006. Gamesa Eólica, and Ecotècnia, leading manufacturers of wind turbines in the Spanish market, are heading the Windlider 2015 consortium, set up to address an industrial research project whose aim is to keep Spain at the technological sharp end in wind energy. The consortium is completed by leading manufacturers of wind power components and several small firms in the sector.

Windlider 2015 will produce the first model of its kind for the comprehensive simulation of a large wind turbine, reproducing its performance in conjunction with the wind, the terrain and the power grid. The model will be validated and fine-tuned by testing complete wind turbines and critical components (generators, gear-boxes, converters, housings, yaw system, etc.) with power outputs of 5 MW. This will allow for extrapolating their performance to outputs exceeding 10 MW.

The main aim of this research scheme is to understand the design of large wind turbines, shortening the time required for their market launch and raising the preparedness of the first series - vital considerations for heading the market from 2015 onwards.

The calculations performed indicate that if an enhanced design allowed for a 1% increase in the power generated by the wind farms installed in Spain in 2010, the extra electricity forthcoming would be worth 200 million euros.

The total investment in Windlider 2015 is 40 million euros over four years. The project foresees the cooperation of several Spanish research bodies, which stand at the cutting edge in these technologies both in Spain and abroad, with an investment of close to 50% of the overall budget. This will ensure an efficient arrangement between Spain"s scientific and technological system and the companies involved in the consortium.

The Windlider 2015 scheme has been developed with a view to redressing the situation created by UpWind (Integrated wind turbine design), the only integrated European project approved over the period 2002-2006 by the European Commission"s DG Research. For Spain"s entire involvement, the UpWind consortium allocated an annual sum of 150,000 euros in aid over five years. This figure represents 5% of the total aid amounting to 14.3 million euros, as opposed to the 80% received by the participants from Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Greece. The four Spanish partners of UpWind will set about levelling the playing field through Windlider 2015, a project that complements the former, albeit not so much in financial terms as in its focus on industrial research.

The Windlider 2015 scheme has sought the support of the National Strategic Consortia for Technological Research (CÉNIT), one of the pillars of the Spanish government"s project INGENIO 2010. With a decision expected over the coming weeks, this programme is managed by the Centre for Industrial Technology Development (CDTI) and has a budgetary allocation of 50 million euros for 2006.
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