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Glasgow-based control engineering company SgurrControl has kicked off an offshore wind reliability project, supported by a 667,000 British pound grant under the Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Offshore Wind Components Technology Scheme.

SgurrControl, part of renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy, says it is leading the wind turbine intelligent control project to simulate, implement and demonstrate the capability of ATLAS individual blade control technology to realize large reductions in blade loads on offshore wind turbines.

Spanning two years, the project will provide a quantitative assessment of the benefits of using ATLAS and will inform the industry and manufacturers of the impact of loads, which can then be considered during wind turbine design.

ATLAS will be implemented on a Blaaster Wind Technologies 3MW DL101 wind turbine in Valsneset, Norway, and the project will include two SgurrEnergy Galion LIDAR devices to further analyze the response of the wind turbine to variations in wind shear, veer and gusts flowing into the turbine.

As part of the project, Romax Technology will provide drivetrain and simulation expertise to identify the most damaging events and help target controller optimization.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said of the recent grant awards: “The U.K. is already the world leader in offshore wind - with more deployed than any other country. The benefits that offshore wind can bring are clear - from enhancing our energy security, reducing our dependence on imports and helping reduce our carbon emissions.”



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