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8. ROTACION PROJECT – PRESS RELEASE

ROTACIÓN is aimed to develop innovative and flexible technologies for the repair of large components subjected to wear in the wind power sector - IN852A 2016/80

  • In the framework of the project a procedure for the repair of big size components trough laser technology has been developed, as well as a flexible and transportable system that allows the application in situ of structural resins. These solutions had lead to the recovery of components that would be scrap nowadays, keeping quality standards and reducing actual repair times.
  • The developed solutions can be implemented on a large scale by the middle of 2018.
  • This project is part of ConectaPEME 2016 Programme, the project consortium is led by  SIEMENS GAMESA (SGRE) and is completed by ACEMETAL, TECDISMA, GALVENTUS y PULTEC. AIMEN participates as a collaborating entity.

The main objective of the ROTACIÓN Project is to develop innovative and flexible technologies for the repair of large components subject to wear, such as wind turbine transmision elements. Thus is aimed to increase their service life and minimize times and costs of the repair by overcoming the main barriers related with the recovery of these components, which limit profitability and efficiency of wind turbines.

Currently, The repair for wear of these components involves two ways of action: recovery by means of locking/machining (only in some cases) or total replacement of the piece. The first case is a phenomenon that currently limits the durability of the transmision system components common to all wind farms. In this sense, ROTACIÓN will allow to maintain the  profitability ot the Galician wind power repair sector and will also favor the implementation of high added value processes.

Main Milestones achieved

Within the framework of ROTACIÓN project new processes for the repair of large components of the wind turbine transimision system based on laser reload/recharging technology have been developed, by applying powdered material. Research has been carried out regarding the repair of components through structural resins, designing an automated application system that inlcudes heating systems to guarantee the proper fluidity during application and several interchangeable nozzles depending on the size of the area to be repaired.

Very possitive results have been obtained by using these two processes. A reduction in the repair times has been achieved by the recovery of/recovering components with both technologies, pieces have been repaired using both technologies, keeping the same properties as the base material) and it has been created an easily transported repair system that allows the application in situ of structural resins. All the solutions can be implemented on a large scale by the middle of 2018.

In addition to its application in both onshore and offshore wind power sectors, these developments can be transferred to the repair of large components in the metal-mechanical, aeronautical, naval and petrochemical sectors.

Cross-sectoral collaboration

The ROTACIÓN project, which has a Budget of 575.060 euros; is led by SIEMENS GAMESA (SGRE), which is the end user and validator of the project developments; they are also involved ACEMETAL, which has been in charge of developing the repair procedure using laser technology; TECDISMA, developing all the auxiliary movement elements to carry out the repairs; GALVENTUS, in charge of the repair process using polymer-based structural resins; and PULLTEC, wich has created the system for the automated and controlled application of the repair resins.

AIMEN, for its part, has contributed to the project with its advicing and colaboration to the companies of the consortium as an expert in laser processing of materials and in the design of components for laser systems. In addition, it has contributed to the development of new applications for polymer-based materials.

November 2017

7. Feder Galicia 2014-2020 Galicia Exporta OOII

This company takes part in an internationalization proyect, operation co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, operational programme ERDF Feder Galicia 2014-2020.

                                                          

As a support of the internationalization process Galventus Servicios Eólicos S.L. has been granted by Xunta de Galicia through Igape, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF operational programme for Galicia 2014-2020, OT3.

Achieve a more competitive business fabric. A way to build Europe.

The main objective of this aids is to encourage and stimulate Galician foreign trade and SMEs internationalization. The aim is to increase the base of exporting companies and strengthen the presence of Galician companies in international markets.

6. Feder Galicia 2014-2020 Foexga Plan

This company takes part in the Foexga 2016-2017 Plan.
Operation co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF
Operational Programme Galicia 2014-2020
Foexga 2016-2017 Plan

As a support of the internationalisation process “Galventus Servicios Eólicos” has been granted by IGAPE to participate in the Galician Export Development Plan (Foexga) 2016-2017, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Programme for Galicia 2014 - 2020. OT3. “Achieve a more competitive business fabric”.

European Regional Development Fund, a way to build Europe

The main objective of the Foexga Plan is to encourage and stimulate Galician foreign trade and SMEs internationalization. The aim is to increase the base of exporting companies and strengthen the presence of Galician companies in international markets.

5. MIAMI PROJECT

MIAMI will develop a new multimaterial component for offshore wind power blades to improve durability of wind turbine components - ITC-20161095

- The project will also make it possible to reduce the costs arising from both transport and installation operations, and maintenance and operation.

- Under the Innterconnecta 2016 Programme, the project consortium is led by EMESA and is completed by GHENOVA, FIBERGLAS, GALVENTUS and TEAIS. AIMEN participates as a collaborating entity.

 

The MIAMI project “Development of multimaterial structures for offshore applications subjected to high fatigue and corrosion loads in the marine environment” has as its main objective the development of a new multi-material component with high structural requirements for the offshore wind sector, thus demonstrating technically and economically the advantages of the use of composites (plastics reiforced with carbon and/or glass fibre) in structures tipically made of steel.

In this way, these developments will made it possible to achieve improvements regarding durability and a weight reduction of critic components of the wind turbine. Thus, it will be possible to achieve a reduction in costs derived from both transport and installation operations, as well as from their maintenance and operation. Lastly, the cost of power generation will be reduced in line with the main drivers of the sector.

Galicia is a world leader in construction and repair of high-tech vessels having also been established as a world wind leader both for its installed onshore power and for the manufacturing industry of wind turbine components and maintenance wind farms.

MIAMI pursues, therefore, to take advantage of the resources and current technological level of the Galician community for its application in a market with a very promising future.

The proyect results will be validated in a prototype to be installed in the test field of the Galician Energy Institute (INEGA) located in Punta Langosteira, in A Coruña.

Main innovations

In order to reach these objectives, a new multi-material steel-composite transition piece for offshore wind turbines, and a structural monitoring and multimaterial structures corrosion system for offshore applications will be developed in the framework of the proyect. In addition, a design procedure and calculation models for multi-material transition parts shall be stablished.

In adittion, a procedure for composite applying-manufactoring by filament winding for multi-material structures and composite application by infusion at the joint of the multi-material structure will be developed. Finally, an antifouling and corrosión protection solution for multi-material structures will be carried out.

Cross-sectoral collaboration

The MIAMI project, with a budget of 1.7 million euros and a total duration of 30 months, is part of the Innterconecta 2016 Programme.

Within the project consortium there are companies that cover the entire value chain that takes part in the manufacturing of such an offshore structure: EMESA, leader of the  project, is a company specialised in the design, manufacturing and assembly of metallic structures with an extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, in wind towers manufacturing; GHENOVA, an engineering and design company; FIBERGLAS pioneer company in the manufacturing of fiberglass reinforced composite material products; GALVENTUS company dedicated to inspection, repair and services for wind turbines, specialised in composite materials and TEAIS, specialised in the development and manufacturing of special produts for waterproofing and protection, adhesives, paints, etc.

The project also has de collaboration of AIMEN Technology Centre that will participate in the design of the transition piece, performing a detailed study of the materials to be used based on their mechanical and corrosion resistance and developing techniques for monitoring the final prototype materials.

9. RAMSSES - Press release start

                                                                                                         

 

Towards a lighter Future

EU Project RAMSSES to develop a streamlined approach to introduce innovative materials in the maritime sector.

 

Challenge

New materials – be it composites or high performance metallic materials – can help making ships and maritime products lighter, more cost efficient, more environmentally friendly and safer. However, to qualify innovative materials for maritime applications, they need to cope with extreme operational scenarios and environmental conditions. Moreover, to be cost efficient they need to be integrated in multi-material ship structures as well as into complex building and global repair, retrofitting and dismantling processes.   

 

 

Approach

A new European project named RAMSSES – Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships aims to foster the application of new materials in maritime and inland waterway applications by

  • Developing, demonstrating and validating 13 specific maritime products to prepare for commercial market uptake immediately after the project. The demonstration cases in RAMSSES include innovative components and modular lightweight systems, maritime equipment, the application of high performance steels in load-carrying hull structures, the integration of composite materials in various structures, as well as solutions for global repair. The demonstrator teams are led by industry.
  • Conducting a comprehensive assessment of technical properties, life cycle cost and environmental performance of the demonstrator cases as a basis for approval of the specific solutions, but also with the aim to re-use test results, material data and experiences for future similar applications and make this ‘knowledge base’ accessible to a wider range of maritime end-users and finally by
  • Setting up a Materials Innovation Platform for information exchange and cooperation which is open to other projects. This will not only facilitate a systematic knowledge uptake and technology transfer from other sectors (automotive, rail, aeronautics and material sciences) into the maritime sector, but also make project results and accumulated expertise available to a broader community of maritime producers and operators, which will foster the application of innovative materials in the European maritime sector.

An important aspect of the work of RAMSSES will be to develop a “fast track to approval” for the application of new materials in the maritime sector. For SOLAS ships, this approach aims to make the ‘proof of equivalent safety’ more efficient and quicker, e.g. by using agreed standard risk scenarios, re-using test results carried out by certified institutions according to approved procedures and developing ‘recommended design alternatives’ with the help of the classification society involved in RAMSSES.

 

 
Figure 2: Application of 13 demo cases

 

Cooperation

RAMSSES will closely cooperate with the E-LASS network (www.e-lass.eu), a European network for lightweight applications at sea which was established in 2013 and currently has 240 members. Both initiatives will organise public events every six months. This cooperation will also be open to other European and national research projects of relevance. E-LASS will also continue to maintain the RAMSSES knowledge database after the end of the project.

Companies and individuals interested to participate in the network are encouraged to contact RAMSSES through www.ramsses-project.eu or the contacts given below.

 

About RAMSSES

The project has a total budget of 13.5 million € with an EU contribution of 10.8 million €. The consortium comprises 36 partner from 12 European countries, dominated by industrial partners. The project started on June 1st 2017 and will last for four years. RAMSSES is coordinated by CETENA SpA – Centro per gli Studi di Tecnica Navale, Italy who is supported by CMT – Center of Maritime Technologies e.V., Germany – acting as technical manager and contact for the dissemination activities.

Website:       www.ramsses-project.eu (under construction)

Contact:        carlo.cau@cetena.it, roland@cmt-net.org, krause@cmt-net.org

 

The project RAMSSES receives funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 723246.

 

 

http://ramsses-project.eu/

 

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[1] Cetena, CMT, Balance, DCNS, Bureau Veritas, Damen Schelde, Meyer Werft, Meyer Turku, Baltico, Podcomp, Uljanik, MEC, STX France, Baltic Workboats, Airborne, Netcomposites, Swerea Sicomp, Rise, Fraunhofer AGP, IRT JV, TNO, ENSTA, ECN, Aalto, NTUA, Fincantieri, Infracore, Galventus, Cardama, NMTF, Evonik, Becker Marine Systems, Damen Gorinchem, OCS, Hutchinson, AIMEN

4. CONECTA PEME 2016 - ROTACIÓN

We are a member of the company group project of ROTACIÓN project, included in the Conecta PEME 2016 Programme and leaded by GAMESA, together with ACEMETAL, TECDISMA and PULTEC, coordinated by AIMEN Technological Center.

Its aim is to develop innovative and flexible technologies for repairing big sized components exposed to wear, such as transmission elements in WTG, in order to increase its lifespan and minimize thus times and costs of the repair.

3. INTERCONECTA “PARCHE” of R&D

We are member of the company group project INTERCONECTA “PARCHE” of R&D, coordinated by AIMEN Technological Center for the years 2013-2014. Its aim is to develop quick-to-use-carbon fibre patches to repair naval metal structures.

 

2. OHSA 18001

The Safety and Health of Galventus staff is a prime responsibility in our company.

We guarantee the compliance with safety standards in every project by monitoring and following up the safety measures taken by our employees. All our technicians have the appropriate equipment and means necessary to carry out their job safely and appropriately.

We are certified in an advanced Safety and Health Management System, which includes prevention standards in the development of works (OSHA 18001 System, an international certification on working safety and health).

1. ISO-14001, ISO 9001 and EMAS

Galventus Servicios Eólicos S.L. has certification in environmental management system in accordance with the requirements of standard  ISO-14001, certification in quality management system in accordance with the requirements of standard ISO-9001 and Certificate of European Eco-Management Eco-Audit Scheme (EMAS); by means of certifying entity TÜV Rheinland, with the last audit in March 2016.