Project: Metrology for the photonics industry - optical fibres, waveguides and applications

The use of onshore and offshore wind farms is predicted to increase in many European countries, including Germany, Denmark and the UK, in order to meet targets for renewable energy generation. Reliability of wind energy supply depends on the reliability of the turbines themselves, and this growing market has already led to the construction of several test facilities to support the development of robust wind turbine generators (WTG). Nacelle test benches assess the reliability of a WTG over its service life by simulating field conditions. These test benches work with torques in the meganewton metre range, however, no standards currently exist for torque measurements in this range. This project aims to provide traceability for torque measurements in the meganewton metre range for nacelle test benches. This will improve test conditions for manufacturers, allowing a product’s quality to be reliably verified and providing support for the wind energy industry.

Acronym 14IND13 PhotInd (Reference Number: 14IND13)
Duration 01/08/2015 - 31/07/2018
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR CALL 2014

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Coordinator Finland
2 Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö Partner Finland
3 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
4 Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas Partner Spain
5 AS Metrosert Partner Estonia
6 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
7 Arden Photonics Ltd Partner United Kingdom
8 Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Partner Germany
9 JCMwave GmbH Partner Germany
10 Oplatek Group Oy Partner Finland
11 Itä-Suomen yliopisto Partner Finland
12 Tartu Ulikool Partner Estonia
13 Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster Partner Germany
14 Menlo Systems GmbH Observer Germany
15 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Observer Switzerland
16 nLIGHT Oy Observer Finland
17 Seagate Systems UK Limited Observer United Kingdom
18 Toptica Photonics AG Observer Germany