Launch of the European project CARBO4POWER to improve the operational performance of wind and tidal turbine blades
The European project Carbo4Power has been officially launched on November 26 & 27, 2020.
Members of the Carbo4Power consortium during the kick off meeting which occurred online on November 26 & 27, 2020.
• 18 partners from 8 European countries (coordinator: NTUA (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) and most particularly R-Nano (Research Lab of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology) from NTUA)
• Duration: 48 months (11/2020 – 10/2024)
• Total budget: 7.9 M€ (IRT Jules Verne budget: 635 K€)
A new generation of offshore turbine blades
Carbo4Power aims at developing a new generation of offshore turbine blades, with smart architectures and hybrid and nanotechnological materials. In order to improve the operational performance of turbine blades, the project will develop innovative multifunctional hybrid composite materials and joining materials, to increase the recyclability rate; manufacture-to-design technologies, for more cost effective way of production; digitalization of blades, through the integration of in-situ sensors; and nano-engineered materials, to increase reliability and reduce maintenance.
The Jules Verne institute brings its expertise for the design and manufacturing of turbine blades demonstrators
The Jules Verne institute will be highly involved in the Carbo4Power project as Leader of Work Package 5 and will work in particular on the design-for-manufacturing of tidal turbine blades. Jules Verne will support the design and will manufacture blades demonstrators with specific composite components thanks to 2 different processes: automated dry fibre placement and one shot manufacturing.
The institute has therefore invited two SMEs to be part of the project, Sabella and Sense In, with the help of WEAMEC network, dedicated to renewable marine energies. Jules Verne will take advantage of its experience on the automated production line for textile composite preforms MADRAS. The line was inaugurated at the beginning of 2020 at Technocampus Composites, Nantes, and benefits from the funding of Région Pays de la Loire and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The MADRAS line is used for the manufacturing of tidal turbine blades demonstrators.
In this project, the Jules Verne Institute is also involved in a Work Package 7 dedicated to Characterization, in collaboration with the Process and Structural Monitoring team. To this end, the institute is responsible for rapid structural Non-Destructive Tests over large-area and for mechanical testing of demonstrators on its multiaxial test bench located in Angers. In this context, the institute will work on the development of embedded Structure Health Monitoring system.
A few words from the project referent on the Jules Verne Institute side
Carbo4Power is a demanding project where several of the Jules Verne Institute’s skills are expected by the consortium, such as manufacturing technologies and characterization. This project is in line with the development of the institute in the field of Renewable Energies and with its mission to transfer the solutions developed in our projects to industrial companies.
Céline CONSTANTIN, Research Project Manager at IRT Jules Verne
- NTUA (EL) – coordinator
- IRT JV (FR)
- AIMEN (ES)
- CIDETEC (ES)
- IRES (BE)
- SABELLA (FR)
- ITA (ES)
- SENSE In (FR)
- FRAUNHOFER (DE)
- Birmingham (UK)
- Strathclyde (UK)
- CNAT (UK)
- Haydale Composite Solutions (UK)
- AiDEAS (ES)
- BIONIC SURFACE TECHN. (AT)
- INEGI (PT)
- BIOG3D (EL)
- ORE catapult (UK)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 953192.