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Ice protection system for turbine operation

Completed

Project description

Offshore wind is considered a key sector for meeting national and international targets with respect to sustainability, energy security, and low electricity prices. As offshore wind costs are decreasing and existing technical difficulties are overcome, the majority of new installations in the UK and abroad are expected to be located in Northern areas where wind resources are abundant but climates are cold and icing conditions are common. Ice protection is essential for the operation of wind turbines operating in cold climates. Ice accretion on the blades of turbines can significantly increase operational costs, lower energy output, and decrease turbine lifetime. This project will develop WIN-D-ICE, a new system which provides automatic ice protection by combining existing state-of-the-art anti- and de- icing technologies. The system will achieve maximum performance at minimum costs and energy use by using sensors to detect ice on the blades and specialised software to automatically control system operation. WIN-D-ICE will act as a catalyst enabling further growth of offshore to achieve national and international commitments and targets with respect to renewables, energy costs, and energy security for the benefit of us all. 

Objectives

The objective of this project is to develop a prototype ice protection system that remains effective over a wide range of environmental and operational conditions and enables turbines to operate seamlessly in a cost-effective and energy efficient manner.

Benefits

WIN-D-ICE achieves maximum protection at minimum energy cost, improves energy generation efficiency by up to 50%, and significantly reduces the cost of energy from offshore wind.

Project Partners

 

  •  Renewable Advice
  • Net Composites
  • Cambridge Nanosystem
  • Catapult
  • AET
  • Brunel University London

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Tat-Hean Gan - Professional Qualifications -
  • CEng. IntPE (UK), Eur Ing
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engg (Uni of Nottingham)
  • MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering (University of Warwick)
  • MBA in International Business (University of Birmingham)
  • PhD in Engineering (University of Warwick)
Languages -
  • English, Malaysian, Mandarin, Cantonese
Professional Bodies -
  • Fellow of the British Institute of NDT
  • Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
Tat-Hean Gan has 10 years of experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Condition Monitoring of rotating machineries in various industries namely nuclear, renewable energy (eg Wind, Wave ad Tidal), Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Construction and Infrastructure, Aerospace and Automotive. He is the Director of BIC, leading activities varying from Research and development to commercialisation in the areas of novel technique development, sensor applications, signal and image processing, numerical modelling and electronics hardware. His experience is also in Collaborative funding (EC FP7 and UK TSB), project management and technology commercialisation.
Ice protection system for turbine operation