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Investment in wind energy in cold climates

Published: 13 March 2013

Research at Luleå University of Technology is in the frontline in the field of wind energy in cold climates. Professor Jan-Olov Aidanpää at LTU Coordinate the university investment in wind power research. Right now there is a project in Which the LTU and Europe leading research institute in polymer composites, Sicomp, test de-icing equipment for wind turbines in coopration with energy companies Skellefteå Kraft and Vattenfall.

Building wind farms in maritime areas have shown out to be an expensive affair. Now building on land is a better option and northern Sweden is the most interesting area for wind power companies. Wind energy research at the university is Performed in the context of the Swedish wind technology center, SWPTC.

Jan-Olov Aidanpää, a professor at tLTU, ice Responsible for one of SWPTCs thematic areas, cold climates, where LTU travel researchers from Several different areas are Involved alongwith Sicomp. The traveling archers aim is to solve problems with icing and de-icing of wind turbines, an area where the Luleå University of Technology can Contribute with Well established expertise.

- In collaboration with Sicomp we will evaluate different methods for de-icing and create models for simulating how ice forms, flow behavior and how different materials Affect electricity production and power plantlife, says Jan-Olov Aidanpää.

- Last years have brought an explosion against the establishment of wind turbines in areas with cold climates and are now r better understanding of how ice Affects plants and thus electricity, is required. The ice can for instance create imbalance as the blades rotate and ice falling from the plant can hurt people. An other problem is heat damage caused of de-icing with an electrically conductive material, occur.

The tests of the de-icing equipment is donated bothering in the laboratory and in full-scale plants. The project is FINANCED by the Swedish Energy Agency and companies through the SWPTC.