SWIP project will be focused on the development of innovative solutions for overcoming the current barriers the wind sector and market has for effective deployment of these systems into urban and peri-urban areas within Europe. SWIP will further implement such innovations and solutions into three demonstration sites, in order to test and validate them under real operating conditions.

SWIP project sets up a comprehensive benchmark that includes the most significant European legal and technical frameworks regarding small wind energy turbines regulations, the generation technologies and the energy plans for cities.

The project will deliver a methodology for wind resource assessment in urban and peri-urban areas, able to predict wind speed in urban location with a maximum 8% standard RMS error, without the need of performing a measuring campaign, and to implement such methodology in a software. By means of that software the consortium will be able to assess and validate the accuracy of the model in the three locations in the project.

turbines

SWIP project has a clear orientation to small and medium wind power which involves:

  • The design of an innovative and low cost wind generator (between 1 and 100 kW) which could be adapted to different types of wind turbines deployments depending on its final emplacement. Two configurations of permanent magnet generator will be developed, one for direct drive connection and a second one for a gearbox connection.
  • The design and development of cutting-edge technology wind blades, which maximize the wind energy conversion in each type of final model, addressing small and medium size wind turbines and considering both vertical and horizontal axis for different use. The new blades will also contribute to the objectives of reducing vibration and noise coming from those elements, addressing the overall operation goals established in SWIP.
  • The implementation of a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system that will allow a better performance of the wind generator, through improved operation and maintenance. This system will be used for the control of the turbine, safety issues, operation mode selection and reliability improvement through preventive maintenance. Converters will be able to work both in isolated grid and connected to the network. Furthermore, their control will satisfy “The Network Code on Requirements for Generators” which will be certified once they are installed in their final locations.

The SWIP project will also analyze the structure and anchorage elements of small and medium size wind turbines for their installation into districts and buildings and it will develop best practices guidelines, for the aesthetic integration of these systems into urban and peri-urban settings. The project will also develop and implement solutions in order to mitigate and to absorb the noise and vibration produced by the wind turbine and to study the existing regulations regarding the safety issues in small wind turbine operation.

To define and execute a complete testing of the technologies, solutions and new components for small and medium size wind turbines developed within SWIP in three different pilots across Europe and to validate the final behavior and energy performance and compare it to the goals aimed.

In addition, the project will deal with the dissemination of the project results to achieve the highest possible project impact and visibility, and the exploitation to pave the way for further industrialization and commercialization of the SWIP results.