Project: Traceable measurement of drive train components for renewable energy systems

Renewable energy resources are essential in guaranteeing sustainable energy for the future. Wind energy systems are regarded as one of the most promising technologies but reliability still needs to be improved, as they rarely reach the desired lifetime of 20 years without at least two mechanical failures of major drivetrain components. These failures can lead to downtimes of several weeks, which mean high operational costs. The problems are compounded for offshore wind farms where access and safety issues increase the costs of maintenance and repairs. This project will develop new approaches to deliver calibrated measuring standards and procedures for use in drivetrain production. There will be a focus on the accurate measurement of vital components such as shafts, bearings, gears and brakes. The results will prevent unnecessary costs, reduce the number of mechanical failures and extend the lifetime of wind energy systems.

Acronym ENG56 DriveTrain (Reference Number: ENG56)
Duration 01/09/2014 - 31/08/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
3 Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Partner Denmark
4 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
5 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
6 University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Partner United Kingdom
7 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
8 Hexagon Metrology GmbH Observer Germany
9 MDM Metrosoft Sas Di Deni Chiara & C. Observer Italy
10 Mitutoyo CTL Germany GmbH Observer Germany
11 Carl Zeiss Industielle Messtechnik GmbH Observer Germany
12 Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö Finland
13 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen Germany