The project held its 4th Annual Meeting from 25th to 27th April 2022 in Aalborg, Denmark. The arrangements were made to coincide with visits to the Ørsterild onshore test centre, managed by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and to the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University.

The meeting began with presentations from our industrial partners, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Ørsted, who reported on the successes and research relevance of the work being undertaken, specifically in response to a request from the project Advisory Board for clarification on this. We then heard from the four Work Package leaders on the progress made and the issues that had arisen over the past twelve months. After separate meetings of the Advisory and Management Boards, we reconvened for a feedback session at which the Advisory Board praised the continued, excellent research and collaboration that was clearly evident across the full scope of the partnership. Their recommendations for the final twelve months of the project focused on;

  • finding more opportunities to disseminate the success stories
  • creating a narrative to describe what the key next areas of research in the sector should be, and
  • ensuring that the remaining deliverables for the project are met.

The final part of the formal meeting was a series of presentations from some of the post-doctoral researchers and PhD students currently working on the project. Three groups had been formed, each including a cross-section of members from the three universities and the four work packages. The challenge, which had been set by our industrial partners in order to give them an insight into possible future research in the sector, was as follows:

By considering all the research from the Prosperity Partnership project, and how that might contribute to future industrial development in the offshore wind sector, what do you see as the next areas of research that need to be developed to best suit the requirements of our industrial partners.

Also to be explored is how we could combine research areas to create new partnerships for the future of offshore wind.

On Tuesday 26th April, a group of 28 project members made the 90-minute journey to the Ørsterild onshore test centre on the north coast. We were given a presentation from Allan Vesth of DTU explaining the history of the site and on how it operates to assist with turbine technology development. Three of the nine test sites are currently rented by SGRE so Esben Orlowitz and Claus Schroeder told us how SGRE use the facilities to test and develop their turbine equipment. After a tour of the site from a DTU guide, we were allowed some free time to walk around and explore for ourselves.

Once back in Aalborg we made the presentations for the researchers’ challenge and were grateful to both SGRE and Ørsted who provided the prizes (see below).

Finally on Wednesday 27th April, a group of academic staff, research staff and PhD students from the University of Sheffield, along with Peter Tavner the chair of our Advisory Board, visited the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University. Hosted by Professor Frede Blaabjerg, we received a presentation on the structure of the department and its areas of research excellence and activities, particularly in power electronic systems, before embarking on a tour of their extensive and impressive suite of modern research laboratories.

Dave Bould (Ørsted), Mohamed Mohamed (PDRA University of Sheffield), Tingna Wang (PhD student University of Sheffield), Peter Tavner (project Advisory Board chair), Isaac Rudden (PhD student University of Sheffield), Aidan Duffy (PhD student Durham University), Arwyn Thomas (Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy).
We are grateful to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Ørsted for providing the prizes.

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