At the beginning of August, seven ESRs from the zEPHYR project (Laura Botero, Rui Goncalves, Nishchay Tiwari, Kartik Venkatraman, Oscar Marino, Andrea Piccolo, Manoel Guimares) carried out a joint secondment at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) in Denmark. They visited the Høvsøre prototype test center to see and hear the latest and greatest onshore turbines (up to 6-7 MW, 170-m rotor) and also the Østerild prototype test center to see the largest offshore turbines in the world (up to around 14 MW, 222-m rotor).
The ESRs also presented their research project work and received useful industrial feedback from the SGRE team. Additionally, lectures on rotor design, inflow turbulence, and stall noise for wind turbines were given by Dr. Steven Buck.
We thank Dr. Stefan Oerlemans, Dr. Steven Buck, and the rest of the SGRE team for organizing this secondment and giving the ESRs a flavor of the industrial world.