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TWI Hosts WindTwin Open Day

Wed, 29 January, 2020

TWI held an open day for the WindTwin project, towards developing an innovative solution for preventive and predictive maintenance of wind turbines based on a combined data-based and physics-based digital-twin solution, at TWI’s headquarters near Cambridge.

The event, which took place on 28 January 2020, also marked the closure of the InnovateUK project delivered by project partners Agility3, Brunel Innovation Centre, Dashboard Ltd, ESI Group and TWI Ltd.

Over 60 delegates from the UK and Europe attended the event, including Renewable UK, ORE Catapult, Jacobs, Orsted, IFP Energies Nouvelles, as well as universities such as the University of Cambridge, Durham University and the University of Warwick.

The day consisted of presentations from key speakers that introduced the project partners, explored the background to the project and discussed the outcomes of the project. This was followed by a demonstration of the technology - a digital twin of a wind turbine - highlighting the capabilities of the technology. The day finished with a “Beyond the WindTwin” session, exploring opportunities for further development within the project.

Chaired by WindTwin project coordinator, Dr Rajab Said, ESI Group Ltd, the full agenda for the day included:

  • Wind Energy – The Route to Net-Zero, Bahzad Ayoub, Renewable UK
  • Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring: Current State-of-the-Art and Potential Relationship to WindTwin Technology, Professor Peter Tavner, Durham University
  • Overview of TWI’s Support to Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy, Chris Punshon and Natalia Garban, TWI Ltd
  • Dashboard and Vibration Sensing, Mike Callendar, Dashboard Ltd
  • Predictive Regression Algorithms for Modelling Health Monitoring Sensors and Predicting Machinery Health Deterioration, Jamil Kanfoud and Xiange Tian, Brunel Innovation Centre
  • 3D Visualisation – Communicating Complex Data, David Turner, Agility3
  • Innovate UK and The Catapult Network – How We Are Supporting the Digital and Offshore Wind Sector, Roger Townsend, Innovate UK
  • Deep Learning Enhanced Digital Twin for Closed-Loop In-Process Quality Improvement, Professor Dariusz Ceglarek and Dr Pasquale Franciosa, Warwick University
  • NDT Experience from O&G for Wind Farms, Alberto Monici, ETS Italy
  • Hybrid Twin – Industrial Applications Beyond Wind Energy, Fadi Ben Achour, ESI Group

The day provided great opportunities for networking and to meet the WindTwin consortium, as well as the chance to find out about wind turbine asset management and digital twin technologies.

Attendees at the WindTwin open day.
Attendees at the WindTwin open day.

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