Ventus Engineering GmbH, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, was announced as the winner of the Wind Turbine Sensors Innovation Challenge, initiated by the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in partnership with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, on: "How to monitor the wind turbine rotor and the entire swept area using wireless blade sensor technology?"
"The panel were unanimous in their support; they were impressed by how you [Ventus Engineering GmbH] answered the Sensors challenge with a comprehensive solution that could cover multiple challenges in one package, offering clear advantages over incumbent technologies." - Andrew Tipping, Commercialization Manager, ORE Catapult.
Among a fierce competition of forty-four companies, Ventus pitched their way to the Launch Academy program, which is offering an exciting opportunity to be guided by ORE Catapult experts and collaborate with leading worldwide companies in the wind industry, such as Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. The next step for Ventus is to install the TripleCMAS technology on ORE Catapult's 7 MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, which is the world's largest and most advanced open-access offshore wind turbine dedicated to research and demonstration, alongside opening a subsidiary in the UK.
Poul Anker Lübker, the Technical Director of Ventus Group, commented, "We have now reached a key milestone in the research and development program and we are proud to be selected and invited to enter the ORE Catapult Launch Academy program. TripleCMAS patent filed in 2016 has been transformed into a research. It has blazed the trail for converting the rotor and the entire swept area into a measuring instrument for all existing and future wind turbines – thereby improving rotor efficiency, reducing loads and service and maintenance costs, significantly reducing risk, and extending the lifetime for all wind turbines."
TripleCMAS research and development have been done in close collaboration with the Technical University of Viennaand is supported by Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Several Austrian wind farm owners have willingly provided access to their wind turbines in the ongoing development phase.
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