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Gamesa's R&D projects under way include:

  • EIROS: The aim of EIROS Project is to develop new composite materials based on resins modified with nanoparticles in order to obtain functionalities (ice and erosion resistance) to components in extreme environments in the wind, aeronautical and automotive sectors. Siemens Gamesa is involved in EIROS Project as end-user providing its knowledge and vast experience in materials for wind blades development and maintenance. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 685842.
  • Azimut Offshore Wind Energy 2020 project: Gamesa is the leading coordinator of this project which objective is to generate the necessary knowledge to develop a 15 MW offshore wind turbine with 100% Spanish technology and to overcome the technical and economic barriers which currently limit the implementation of offshore wind energy stand out. It had a budget of €30.3 million, approved by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) of the Ministry of Economy in the CENIT Program's framework. With this initiative, which ended in 2013, Spanish leadership in developing offshore technology is strengthened. At the same time, it serves as support so European countries meet the target of 27% of energy consumption in renewable energies set by the European Commission for 2030.
  • Floatgen: it is aimed at demonstrating the operation of real scale prototypes (2 MW) of a floating offshore wind farm, in real conditions, and at comparing its performance. Gamesa is also the leading coordinator. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 295977.
  • Windtrust: this project is the natural continuation of the Reliawind project (aimed at going into detail about the concepts of reliability in wind turbine design, operation and maintenance, obtaining greater efficiency and lower maintenance cost). Windtrust uses a set of technologies which make it possible to substantially increase the reliability of wind turbines on a real scale onshore prototype (2 MW). Several technologies will be applied to the rotor, wind turbine control and the power electronics. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 322449.
  • Innwind: with the purpose of demonstrating a set of technologies beyond the current, state-of-the-art technologies on reduced scale prototypes which represent an offshore environment. The technologies are geared toward the design and concepts of wind turbines other than the traditional onshore one, the design of low-weight rotors and the design of the electro-mechanic conversion system for a wind turbine size between 10 MW and 20 MW. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308974.
  • Superconductors: currently, Gamesa is leading the project "Design of a new generation of generators and auxiliary equipment based on superconductors for wind power". In this project Gamesa will design, develop and validate a prototype of a powertrain with generator based on superconductors. The project is co-funded by the Economy and Competitiveness Ministry within the call Retos-Colaboración 2014.
  • Multi-megawatt gearboxes: in this project Gamesa Energy Transmission (GET) is developing a new generation of multi-megawatt wind power gearboxes of 2.5MW, 3.0MW and 5.0MW of power. These gearboxes have distinguishing technological features compared to current market standards. The design criteria are being applied to achieve compact gearboxes, improving product competitiveness, with modular design that facilitates the assembly and maintenance, and with flexible and versatile solution architectures that allow different wind turbine configurations. The project is co-funded by CDTI in the first EEA Grants call.
  • Advanced wind turbine monitoring and prognosis systems: in this project, GAMESA’s aim is to develop an advanced monitoring and prognosis system, capable of predicting suboptimal performance, manage alarms and propose the most appropriate maintenance operations in each case. The project is co-funded by CDTI in the second EEA Grants call.
  • Cost of wind energy reduction: new structural and anti-icing and de-icing blade solutions. This project has been developed during 2015 and it has achieved all its pre-defined objectives. On one hand, designing several solutions for wind turbines, in order to improve their behavior under operational loads, and thus increase their life and minimize failures. On the other hand, the project has developed some active and passive anti-icing and de-icing solutions to reduce shutdowns of wind turbines in order to protect them in conditions of extreme low temperature, thus increasing availability The project has been co-funded by CDTI.
  • Aeroextreme: “Development of wind turbines to extreme environments”. This project has the objective of developing and validating viable solutions, both technical and economically, to increase the availability of wind turbines located in locations with aggressive conditions (low temperature, high erosion and high temperature), it is co-funded by the Economy and Competitiveness Ministry in the call Retos-Colaboración 2016, and counts on the European Union ERDF funds. The project, leaded by Gamesa, joining with AIMPLAS, ICT-UJI, LAURENTIA and TEKNIKER, will develop new technologies to be applied in blades and nacelle, as new coatings, fabrics, strategies of control and thermodynamic solutions.
  • Offshore Demonstration Blade: The Offshore Demonstration Blade (ODB) project is supporting the research, development and demonstration of wind turbine blade innovations, including aerodynamic and structural enhancements, blade monitoring systems and blade erosion protection solutions. These products will be developed and retrofitted to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult's 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Scotland for demonstration purposes. The innovations will then be ready for deployment on existing or new offshore turbines.This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691732.
              

                


                

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