Wind Energy R&D at        the Energy Research Unitat the STFC Rutherford Appleton                     Laboratory          ...
• Background to the ERU and UK wind  energy• Current projects  – Wind SUPERGEN  – PowerPredict  – UKERC
Introduction to the                   Energy Research Unit                                  (ERU)• Research areas : Long t...
ERU Test Site
Wind Energy – current status• The wind power capacity installed by the end of 2009 will, in a normalwind year, produce 4.8...
Key areas for wind energy research:• Improving the design and layout of wind farms.• Increasing the reliability, accessibi...
ERU’s Recent Research
Research                                    IndustrialProf W E Leithead, Strathclyde University   AMEC Wind EnergyProf P J...
SUPERGEN Wind                  Theme Leader – Structural Loads                                    and MaterialsSupergen Wi...
SUPERGEN Wind                 Highlights of Theme (Structural                           Loads and Materials)• Control impr...
SUPERGEN Wind                                             Phase 2                                           2010-2014The o...
Wind power forecasting   • EPSRC & EU funded     work   • Used daily in EirGrid’s     Dublin Control Room   • Further deve...
Superconducting Turbines > 5MW                        Long-Life CryoCooling Critical                      Technology gap t...
LinksERU : www.eru.rl.ac.ukCryox : http://www.cryox.co.uk/PowerPredict : http://www.powerpredict.co.uk/
UK Energy Research Centre• Energy Research Atlas – updated  annual Landscape reports, Research  Register, new Roadmaps• En...
LinksUKERC Research Atlas : http://ukerc.rl.ac.uk/ERA001.htmlUKERC Energy Data Centre : http://ukedc.rl.ac.uk/index.html
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The Energy of Science Vale UK - 26 May 2011. Wind Renewable Energy Technology presentation by Jim Halliday (Science and Technology Facilities Council). More details at www.sciencevale.com

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  1. 1. Wind Energy R&D at the Energy Research Unitat the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Jim Halliday
  2. 2. • Background to the ERU and UK wind energy• Current projects – Wind SUPERGEN – PowerPredict – UKERC
  3. 3. Introduction to the Energy Research Unit (ERU)• Research areas : Long track record of applied research in renewables (esp. wind, energy storage, solar), hydrogen (systems, production, and Networking), energy sustainability• Near market R&D – use of outdoor test site - collaboration with industry/HEI partners
  4. 4. ERU Test Site
  5. 5. Wind Energy – current status• The wind power capacity installed by the end of 2009 will, in a normalwind year, produce 4.8% of the EU’s electricity.• In 2009, for the second year running, more wind power was installedthan any other power generating technology, accounting for 39% oftotal new installations.• Over 10 GW of wind power capacity was installed in 2009 - 23% morethan in 2008.• In 2009, 2.8% of Europe’s total wind power was offshore.• 192,000 people in the EU are employed by the wind industry
  6. 6. Key areas for wind energy research:• Improving the design and layout of wind farms.• Increasing the reliability, accessibility and efficiency ofwind turbines.• Optimising the maintenance, assembly and installation ofoffshore turbines and their substructures.• Demonstrating large wind turbine prototypes and large,interconnected offshore wind farms.• New methods of grid management to allow high levels ofwind power in the system.
  7. 7. ERU’s Recent Research
  8. 8. Research IndustrialProf W E Leithead, Strathclyde University AMEC Wind EnergyProf P J Tavner, Durham University Areva T&D UK Ltd.Prof A Brown, Manchester University Chell InstrumentsDr A G Dutton, STFC Rutherford Econnect Ltd.Appleton Laboratory E.ON UK Renewables Ltd.Dr P Hancock, University of Surrey ESR NetworkProf P Hogg, University of Manchester Garrad Hassan & Partners Ltd.London HR Wallingford Ltd.Mr C Mingham, Manchester Metropolitan New & Renewable Energy CentreUniversity Ltd.Dr S Watson, Loughborough University ScottishPower Generation Ltd.Prof S Williamson, Manchester University Smart Fibres Ltd. Vestas Blades Ltd
  9. 9. SUPERGEN Wind Theme Leader – Structural Loads and MaterialsSupergen Wind objective : To undertake research toimprove the cost-effective reliability & availability of existingand future large-scale wind turbine systems in the UKStructural Loads and Materials (1 of 4 Themes)• Wind turbine component design• Aerodynamic estimation for operational control• Active load reduction• Engineering large wind turbinesRAL working on blade model, new materials, and“smart” blades
  10. 10. SUPERGEN Wind Highlights of Theme (Structural Loads and Materials)• Control improvements to reduce wind turbine loads• Single and array models produced for turbine wakes• New composite materials tested to improve blade strength/lifetime, reduce Radar Cross Section, and improve lightning performance• Parametric finite element blade model for the assessment of innovative materials and “smart” blade performance
  11. 11. SUPERGEN Wind Phase 2 2010-2014The offshore wind farm as a power station: Resource, Reliability, Scaling/Control, Lifetime costs
  12. 12. Wind power forecasting • EPSRC & EU funded work • Used daily in EirGrid’s Dublin Control Room • Further developed in second EU project • =>Spin-out company • PowerPredict software • =>Real-time trial
  13. 13. Superconducting Turbines > 5MW Long-Life CryoCooling Critical Technology gap to be Addressed Cryogenic Coolers for Superconducting Wind Turbines Cryox Spinout from MRI-Land STFC Space Cooler Technology Fund-Raising for SuperCoolerPlanck :Distancefrom Earth:1,4m km
  14. 14. LinksERU : www.eru.rl.ac.ukCryox : http://www.cryox.co.uk/PowerPredict : http://www.powerpredict.co.uk/
  15. 15. UK Energy Research Centre• Energy Research Atlas – updated annual Landscape reports, Research Register, new Roadmaps• Energy Research Data Centre – point to existing data sources, curation of recent data (Research Council, Carbon Trust smart metering trial
  16. 16. LinksUKERC Research Atlas : http://ukerc.rl.ac.uk/ERA001.htmlUKERC Energy Data Centre : http://ukedc.rl.ac.uk/index.html

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