Ingeteam participates in ReaLCoE, a Senvion-led EU-backed 10MW+ offshore prototype project
Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, announced that it is participating in ReaLCoE, a Senvion-led 10MW+ offshore prototype project, following financial sign-off on a landmark €25 million project funded by the European Commission. Involving the most experienced offshore industry stakeholders, the ReaLCoE project serves a strategic mission to develop the “Next-Generation 10MW+ rated, Robust, Reliable and Large Offshore Wind Energy Converters for Clean, Low Cost and Competitive Electricity”.
ReaLCoE’s vision is “to unleash the full potential of offshore wind energy to be in direct competition with conventional energy sources in electricity markets worldwide”. This project turns this vision into reality through the vertical integration of the value chain, by moving from sequential to modular and parallel development, testing and certification while engaging in new forms of collaboration. Over the course of the project, the consortium will develop, install, demonstrate, operate and test a technology platform for the first prototype of a double-digit rated capacity turbine in a realistic offshore environment.
Starting 1 May 2018 and for the next three and a half years, the offshore prototype project, led by Senvion, will be funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program. The team includes 15 major stakeholders: Senvion, Ingeteam, Principle Power Portugal LDA, Jan De Nul NV, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Uptime Engineering GmbH, 8.2 Consulting AG, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Jörss-Blunck-Ordemann GmbH, DNV GL Denmark A/S, BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH, ECN part of TNO, Wood and ABB AB; along the complete value chain of the offshore wind energy sector and will become a front-runner in the development of next-generation offshore wind turbines with double-digit rated electric capacities, triggering hundreds of millions of investments into the European clean-tech sector.
ReaLCoE is designed to speed the offshore wind technology to market and directly compete in electricity markets, said Senvion CEO Jürgen Geißinger: “Increased operational lifetime and lower service and maintenance requirements will substantially reduce LCoE. The robust, reliable and modular turbine design allows to easily customize wind turbines for different markets and client requirements”. The successful prototype operation is succeeded by the installation of a pre-series array in a real offshore environment by 2021, which will validate the concept and pave the way for modular generations of wind turbines with superior rated capacities.
Javier San Miguel Armendariz, Ingeteam’s Global Wind Energy Sales Director added: “Ingeteam expects to showcase wind turbine electrical system optimization opportunities, enabled by a modular and robust power conversion architecture”.
The contribution foreseen by the European Commission inaugurates a new partnership between leading institutions to enable the offshore wind energy sector to become a truly digital industry sector that delivers competitive, CO2 neutral electricity. The project will secure Europe’s front-runner position in the offshore wind energy industry generating growth and jobs through healthy competition in the global offshore wind turbine market.
Senvion is a leading global manufacturer of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The company develops, produces and markets wind turbines for almost any location – with rated outputs of 2 MW to 6.33 MW and rotor diameters of 82 metres to 152 metres. Furthermore, the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas of turnkey, service and maintenance, transport and installation, as well as foundation planning and construction. The Senvion systems are mainly designed in the major TechCenters in Osterrönfeld and Bangalore and manufactured at its German and Portuguese plants in Bremerhaven, Vagos and Oliveira de Frades as well as in Żory-Warszowice, Poland and Baramati, India. With approximately 4,500 employees worldwide, the company makes use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of more than 7,500 wind turbines around the world. The company’s operational subsidiary Senvion GmbH is based in Hamburg and represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Sweden, and Poland as well as on a global level in the USA, China, Australia, Japan, India, Chile and Canada. Senvion S.A. is listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Ingeteam, an independent supplier of electrical conversion equipment, offers power converters, turbine controllers, CMS, Smart SCADA management systems and O&M services for wind turbines up to 15 MW for onshore and offshore applications. The company is committed to investing in technology and innovation as the drivers of future growth. Since 1995, more than 25,000 wind power converters have been commissioned with Ingeteam’s technology, accounting for 41 GW of installed wind power capacity worldwide and an 8% market share. The company is the world’s number one independent supplier of wind power converters and its global footprint includes manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and sales and service centers strategically located all over the world. In 2017, 5% of net sales was invested in R&D, the backbone of Ingeteam’s business activity.