Wind energy is considered as one of the most promising renewable energy resources. Energy production technologies relying on wind power are currently flourishing under the EU ambitious plan for 2020. Market demands to prepare a generation of researchers within the EU to innovate and promote wind energy systems (WES) for the future need are clearly met in the AEOLUS4FUTURE, the project within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions coordinated by Prof. Milan Veljkovic. 15 early stage researchers will be recruited and be employed by academia and industry.
The primary research aim of the project is to develop a sustainable WES for variety of EU needs. In the development of such a system there are a number of detailed scientific and technical issues that will be addressed by the project starting from identifying the wind energy potential (off-shore and on-shore, including the built environment) to the design of a sustainable and highly efficient WES. Also the new challenging load conditions imposed on wind farms located on places where existing type of wind turbine towers are not suitable require the development of new types of support structures for wind energy converters. This fosters new structural concepts taking advantage of high performance materials e.g. high strength steel and novel maintenance-free fasteners.
The project is unique in bringing together research groups of various scientific backgrounds to collaborate on one of the EU research priorities that will keep and maintain the European position of leading the world in reducing the CO2 emission and promoting clean sources of energy and generating costs savings to E28 countries of more than 400 million Euro per year.
In addition to Luleå University of Technology the following beneficiaries will by supported by 3,8 mil Euro for a period of 4 years:
University of Birmingham, University of Coimbra, University of Florence, Eindhoven University of Technology, von Karman Institute, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Siemens Industry Software NV, SENVION.
Partner organizations of the project are: University of Belgrade, Ss. Cyril and Methodiys University-Skopje, ANSYS, Inc., Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services GmbH, MARTIFER CONSTRUÇÕES METALOMECANICAS SA.