AEE in European projects

AEE, as one aspect of its technical activities, participates in a series of national and European projects performing a variety of functions, always with the aim of contributing to the progress of the wind energy sector in key aspects of R&D.

AEE's contribution to the projects is based on its extensive knowledge of the wind energy sector acquired over more than 15 years of operations. In the technical field, AEE plays an important role in projects related to the grid integration of renewable energies, the operation and maintenance of wind farms or the prevention of occupational hazards.

AEE also assumes the role of coordinator in national and international consortiums, performing the role of Project Management, as well as working in communication and outreach thanks to the transversality provided by the presence of companies that make up the entire chain of value in the wind industry.

The following projects count on the experience and participation of AEE:

Skill Wind

SIMULWIND

Objective: SIMULWIND came into being as a result of the training needs of new professionals in the wind energy sector to face the challenges posed by the digitalisation of wind farms in industry 4.0. The scope of the project consists of the development of a computer simulator designed for training in maintenance and risk prevention in wind farms, with the aim of reproducing the various maintenance operations and failure modes of a wind turbine in a virtual environment.

The simulator is designed to supplement the training programs for Wind Farm Maintenance Technicians, providing a practical component that until now did not exist in the sector, through the use of virtual reality technologies and human factors that make it possible to interact with the student. The resulting simulator will also be made available to industry so that interested companies can implement new models of wind turbines, as well as their specific maintenance procedures.

The function of AEE within SIMULWIND is eminently technical, as the partner responsible for the development of the simulator content and scripting.

Date of implementation: 2017 - 2019

Members: BZEE Academy (German Training and Qualification Centre for Wind Energy), ANEV (Italian Wind Energy Association), SGS, WindEurope (European Wind Energy Association) and AEE.

Funding: European Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission

More information: SIMULWIND project website coming soon

Skill Wind

SKILLWIND

Objective: SKILLWIND was the result of the desire of several European countries to create a standardised training programme for the wind energy sector, with the aim of standardising training content and thus facilitating the mobility of workers between different countries. The result of the SKILLWIND project was an interactive game or 'serious game' for smartphones that constitutes an innovative training tool with which users can reinforce their knowledge of wind farm operation and maintenance. The application is available for smartphones running Android and iOS (Apple) operating systems and in several languages (Spanish, English, French and Italian), and incorporates a range of training modules, including general concepts of wind power, wind farm operation and maintenance and Occupational Risk Prevention. If you want to put your knowledge of the sector to the test, do not hesitate to download it.

Date of implementation: 2015 - 2017

Members: ANEV (Italian Wind Energy Association), SGS, Brunel University of London, WindEurope (European Wind Energy Association).

Financing: European Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission

Skill Wind

TOWERPOWER

Objective: TOWERPOWER was focused on the development of a real-time remote monitoring system to diagnose the aging of the metal structure of offshore turbines. The ultimate goal was to reduce maintenance costs in offshore wind energy.

The project included the design of a sensor system based on acoustic emissions (AE) and guided waves capable of monitoring the vibrations and degradation of the towers and metallic structures of offshore wind turbines, as well as the necessary communication systems to implement remote monitoring of each turbine from a control centre. The project culminated in 2017 with field tests carried out on a real prototype installed at the Nenuphar wind farm in Fos-sur-Mer (France).

Year of implementation: 2015 - 2017

Members: BZEE (German Training and Qualification Centre for Wind Energy), ANEV (Italian Wind Energy Association), SGS, WindEurope (European Wind Energy Association) and AEE.

Financing: 7th Framework Programme of the European Union

Skill Wind

WISEPOWER

Objective: WISEPOWER was a European project aimed at increasing the social acceptance of wind energy as one of the key drivers for increasing the role played by renewables in the energy transition. To this end, the project focused on proposing measures to promote the participation of local communities in new projects, obtain greater support from public institutions and seek new and innovative financing models. The most efficient way to increase social acceptance of new wind projects is for the different stakeholders to be involved in their development, to be well informed and aware of the direct and indirect benefits they can bring to local communities.

Year of implementation: 2014

Members: WindEurope, Acciona, Terna, Scottish Government (UK), CnES, GBS, Provincia di Savona, DUNEA, APERe, AEE, REScoop.be, Fraunhofer, dena, UNDP Croatia

Financing: Intelligent Energy - EUROPE

Skill Wind

CMSWIND

Objective: The CMSWIND project consisted of the development of an advanced monitoring system for rotating components in wind turbines by means of the application of novel non-destructive testing techniques that were not previously being used in the wind sector. This new Condition Monitoring system improved component reliability by up to 50%, using a blend of vibration analysis (VA), motor current signature analysis (MCSA) and acoustic emission (AE) technologies to monitor operating conditions.

Year of implementation: 2012

Members: TWI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zerstorungsfrie Prüfung E.V., TUREB (Turkish Wind Energy Association), AEE, Inesco Ingenieros, SKM, Coservices International, Innora, AEND (Asociación Española de Ensayos NO Destructivos [Spanish Association for Non-Destructive Testing]), Fraunhofer, Brunel University of London and BIC.

Financing: 7th Framework Programme of the European Union

PROJECT CAEOL

Objective: The wind energy sector has traditionally had a strong preventive culture with regard to occupational risks, and for this reason and with a view to continuous improvement, this project was undertaken to establish a general management system for the coordination of business activities in the sector, which would allow companies to accelerate compliance with this legal requirement.

Within the project, standardised procedures and protocols were developed for business activities tailored to the various types of companies that exist in the wind sector.

Year of implementation: 2010

Members: Federación Estatal de Industrias Afines de UGT [State Federation of Related Industries of the UGT] (FIA-UGT), SGS TECNOS and AEE

Financing: Fundación Prevención Riesgos Laborales [Occupational Risk Prevention Foundation]

Skill Wind

WINDBARRIERS

Objective: The WINDBARRIERS project developed a methodology to analyse and overcome the administrative and grid connection barriers that hinder the development of wind energy in countries in the European Union. In 2009, the average administrative processing time of an onshore wind farm in Europe was 42 months and involved on average direct contact with nine different national, regional and local administrations. The project identified and compared the existing problems in different European countries in order to propose concrete solutions and methodologies to streamline the processing of new parks.

Year of implementation: 2009

Members: AEE, Austrian Wind Power, DONG Energy, Fraunhofer, Iberdrola, Hungarian Wind Energy Association, PWEA (Polish Wind Energy Association), Danish Wind Energy Association and WindEurope.

Financing: Intelligent Energy - EUROPE

FORECASTING EXERCISE

Objective: In 2005, AEE promoted a project related to the prediction of wind farm energy production, known as the Prediction Exercise. The project was financed by AEE and by companies that own the parks, as well as by a subsidy from the PROFIT programme of the Ministry of Education and Science.

The Prediction Exercise consisted of a comparative Round Robin of various wind resource prediction models, which were tested on seven wind farms. The main objectives were to analyse the principal limitations of the models, determine the factors involved in the deviations of wind resource predictions and propose solutions to minimise them.

Year of implementation: 2005

Members: AEE, CEZ, ECYR, ENERFÍN, GAS NATURAL, IBERDROLA, IDAE, NEO Energía, NEO Energía - Generaciones Especiales [NEO Energía - Special Generation], NEO Energía - Desarrollos Eólicos [NEO Energía - Wind Development], OMEL, UNGE-EDP.

Financing: PROFIT Programme of the Ministry of Education and Science (Project FIT-120000-2004-63)