CTC meets with the leading edge of European offshore wind energy research at the latest IRPWIND programme meeting

The CTC Technology Centre has participated along with 24 other universities and research centres in the closing meeting of the European IRPWIND project: an initiative that promotes international collaboration to increase the competitiveness of the renewable energy sector in Europe and accelerate the transition to a low emission economy.

Álvaro Rodríguez, coordinator of the Marine Renewable Energies area of CTC, and Benjamín Santos, a researcher in this area, attended the closing meeting of the programme, held in Copenhagen. This meeting allowed all the members of the consortium to present the results achieved since 2014 in each of the eight work packages included in the project. Specifically, CTC participated in two tasks associated with the development of new material behaviour models and the development of methods for predicting the useful life of grouted joints of offshore wind turbine substructures. This part of the facility is responsible for connecting the tower and the blades to the foundations.

Rodriguez and Santos in Hempels Foundantion

The IRPWIND programme, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, within the FP7 ENERGY call, brings together 24 partners from 12 different countries, four of which were Spanish. All of them have been working since 2014 towards fostering the collaboration and the connection of the various national and regional research projects in the field of wind energy. This project works explicitly towards achieving one of the priorities established by the European Union, namely the improvement of substructures and foundations and installation and assembly techniques.

Rodríguez and Santos also participated in the workshop on the structures and materials subprogramme of the EERA JP WIND. As in previous editions, new lines of research in this field planned for the coming years were proposed. During the meeting, CTC presented an innovative methodology to quantify the effect of corrosion on the fatigue effect of offshore wind turbine substructure materials.

The agenda of CTC researchers in Denmark ended with two additional appointments. The first one was the attendance at the inauguration of the COAST centre, specialised in coatings and set up by the Danish Technological University (DTU). The second was a visit to the Hempel Foundation, which is based in the Danish capital. Both events facilitate closer relations between CTC and pioneering European centres or institutions in the field as specific as offshore structure coatings.