Siemens Gamesa research collaboration and development

Research collaboration

Productive partnerships for new ideas

Research networks building a greener future with renewables
For over 30 years we have pioneered in renewable energy research. Our brightest minds have worked at the intersection of academia, policy and research, accelerating progress. From these collaborations come the solutions that will shape all our tomorrows.
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Collaboration pays off

Energy research: The power to transform our industry
The ability to share experiences, explore perspectives and challenge ideas is central to the development of innovative technologies.
Nowhere is this more relevant than in wind power, where demand is driving our industry ever forward. Reliability and cost efficiency must keep pace. Which is why collaboration between industry, science and policy expert teams is key to the future of renewable energy.

Technological breakthroughs

Making change happen through international collaborations
Knowledge must travel beyond the walls

For renewable energy technologies to progress, knowledge must travel beyond the walls of one company. Our researchers take an active role in partnerships that cross countries, organizations and disciplines.

They use real customer problems and challenges to inform technological developments. Their ingenuity and imagination have helped to boost the benefits of renewable energy, creating solutions that will power our planet with clean and affordable renewable energy systems. 


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Tackle real challenges for advancing renewables
Our latest partnership with Oersted and three UK universities is looking at how renewable energy research can lower the costs of offshore wind power. Our shared goal is to enable an increase in offshore wind potential and meet growing energy needs worldwide.

In another collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology we are developing a method to measure turbulent wind fields with Multi-LiDAR-systems. This three-year publicly funded project is aimed at optimizing wind turbines for use on complex sites.
Westermost Rough offshore wind farm in the UK

Research networks

Featured research collaborations tackling current challenges
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In this project, Siemens Gamesa is aiming 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.
The objective of this project is to develop and validate viable solutions, both technical and financial, which increase the availability of wind turbines in locations with aggressive conditions. 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, led by Siemens Gamesa, joined by AIMPLAS, ICT-UJI, LAURENTIA and TEKNIKER, is developing new technologies to be applied in blades and nacelle, as well as new coatings, fabrics, strategies of control, and thermodynamic solutions.
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Siemens Gamesa led this project to generate the knowledge necessary to develop a 15 MW offshore wind turbine with 100% Spanish technology. Our aim was to overcome technical and economic barriers to implementing offshore wind energy.

The budget of €30.3 million was approved by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) of the Ministry of Economy in the CENIT Program's framework. This initiative, which ended in 2013, strengthened Spanish leadership in developing offshore technology.

At the same time, it supported European countries in meeting the target of 27% of energy consumption in renewable energies set by the European Commission for 2030.
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Siemens Gamesa has partnered with Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE), one of Germany’s most prestigious research institutes, to develop a method of measuring turbulent wind conditions that will optimize wind turbines for complex sites.

This three-year project, part funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and started in 2018, will test and advance Multi-LiDAR methods for determining wind conditions. These measurements can then be used to select wind turbines for specific sites and determine the layout of a wind park in complex terrain.
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This project has been developed during 2015. The objective was to design solutions for wind turbines to improve their behaviour under operational loads, and thus increase their life and minimize failures. Additionally, active and passive anti-icing and de-icing solutions to reduce shutdowns of wind turbines were developed helping protect them in conditions of extreme low temperature, thus increasing availability The project was co-funded by CDTI.
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This project aims to transform the maintenance of wind turbine generators, moving to a proactive model that will optimize work scheduling. Our research has led to the development of an advanced information system modernizing the centralized control of wind turbines. This renewable energy research project has been co-funded by CDTI.
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This project aims to develop new composite materials from resins modified with nanoparticles. They will be used to make components for the wind, aeronautical and automotive sectors which are ice and erosion resistant in extreme environments.

Siemens Gamesa is involved as an end user, providing its knowledge and experience in materials for wind blades development and maintenance. The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 685842.
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The main objective of this project is the development of lightweight composite materials with improved properties and highly erosion resistant materials to be applied in wind turbine blades. EOLO+ 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, lead by Siemens Gamesa, joining with AIMPLAS, ICT-UJI, and CLAM DESARROLLO, will investigate the use of elastomeric materials and 3D structured fabrics.

Siemens Gamesa is one of five partners in a scheme using the latest research insights to lower the cost of renewable energy offshore. The UK Government has co-invested in existing business and university partnerships to see how deployment rates can be increased at minimal subsidy.

As part of this project, Siemens Gamesa is researching low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) for large-scale wind generator manufacture, examining the power train, foundations, blade design and inspection methodologies. Our aim is to create the next generation of intelligent offshore wind technology, eventually accelerating breakthroughs into commercialization.

The consortium is made up of Siemens Gamesa and the University of Sheffield, our key university partner in the UK, as well as Oersted, the University of Durham and the University of Hull.
Racebank offshore wind farm in the UK
European Commision: Horizon 2020
This project is examining how innovation actions can be integrated to enhance the profitability of composite recycling and reuse in value-added products. Siemens Gamesa is involved as an end user with waste blades in the second use-case of the project, providing knowledge and expertise in the recycling of wind turbine blades, and helping to develop new reuse options. This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730323.
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This project is demonstrating new technologies on reduced scale prototypes in conditions that replicate an offshore environment. The technologies are geared toward the design of low-weight rotors and electro-mechanic conversion systems for a wind turbine between 10 MW and 20 MW.
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Siemens Gamesa is developing a new generation of multi-megawatt wind power gearboxes for 2.5 MW, 3.0 MW and 5.0 MW wind turbines. These have distinguishing technological features, compared to current market standards.

The design criteria are being applied to achieve compact gearboxes to improve product competitiveness. Modular design facilitates assembly and maintenance, with flexible and versatile solution architectures that allow for different wind turbine configurations. The project is co-funded by CDTI in the first EEA Grants call.
European Commision: Horizon 2020
This 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 are developed for and tested at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult's Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine with a capacity of 7 MW in Scotland. The innovations can eventually be deployed to 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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To increase the integration of wind energy in the energy mix, the project will develop and validate new solutions based on supplementary control systems for doubly fed wind turbines (DFIG) connected to weak grids. Research will be carried out to improve the algorithm to comply with new network codes, and to guarantee the correct operation of wind turbines in situations of unstable grids.

The project is coordinated by Siemens Gamesa, in collaboration with Gamesa Electric, IIT Comillas and the University of Alcalá, it is co-funded by the Science, Innovation and Universities Ministry in the call Retos-Colaboración 2017, and counts on the European Union ERDF funds.

Ministerio de Economia: Research Collaboration
Siemens Gamesa is leading the project to create a new era of generators and auxiliary equipment based on superconductors for wind power. It is designing, developing and validating a powertrain prototype. The project is co-funded by the Economy and Competitiveness Ministry within the call Retos-Colaboración 2014.
EU 7th programm for research and development
Windtrust is a continuation of the Reliawind project, which explored reliability in wind turbine design, operation and maintenance to increase efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

Windtrust is using the resulting technologies to increase wind turbine reliability on a real scale onshore prototype (2 MW). These have been applied to the rotor, wind turbine control and power electronics.

Outcome for the industry

Provide clean, reliable and affordable technology
Research ensures the development of green energy

At Siemens Gamesa we believe in technical progress through cross-organizational exchange and academic collaboration.

During decades of research combined with the ingenuity and imagination of our engineers, we have created wind turbines that belong to the technical elite and set standards in the wind energy industry - which benefits the whole market.

So, the alliance of our ideas has led us to a common goal: create a mature solution that powers our planet with clean and affordable energy.


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