OWI-Lab's long-term R&D effort at the Belwind offshore wind farm monitoring the temporal evolution of stiffness of offshore monopile foundations received an award at the Offshore Wind Energy conference in London.

On 21 September the Belgian Energy Research Alliance (BERA) organizes together with IBN Offshore Energy, Tweed and VLIZ a brokerage event to connect the scientific community with experts from the offshore wind industry.

The IEA Wind Task 19 expert group has recently published two cold climate wind energy reports, which are now available for free.

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This session, which takes place on 20 April at Greenbridge Oostende, about digitalisation in the offshore wind energy sector will join players from the ICT industry - more specifically internet-of-things, IoT - and offshore energy players to reveal their mutual synergies. OWI-Lab and some project partners will also be present to contribute in function of the VIS-OWOME project.

The Sirris OWI Lab and department on additive manufacturing are standard values in their industry and quite proud of it too. The fact that not only Sirris considers the combination of both specialist fields a promising development can be derived from an article about 3D printing in Windpower Monthly, where Sirris was given the opportunity to say something.

That drones can also be useful in companies has been proven by tank storage company Vopak and Think 3D - experts in 3D scanning. These companies used drones in industrial applications such as inspecting gas storage tanks and scanning industrial installations. And these aren't the only sectors where drones have great potential. In the field of renewables, such as onshore and offshore wind energy, the interest in using drones and UAVs is growing too.

Large components for wind turbines or aircraft for example are often expensive to produce because of their uniqueness. Increasingly larger components can be achieved with additive manufacturing, to which extra functionality can also be added. Prototyping and production are therefore simpler and cheaper.

Just before summer, XANT - a Belgian company producing mid-sized wind turbines - performed low temperature tests on its XANT M-21, a 100 kW machine, to ensure safe and reliable operations in areas where temperature can drop as low as -40 °C.

Wind turbines can generate electricity even in the most extreme winter weather. At least if they are made resilient enough. Designers of motors and turbines can all rely on our extensive expertise to allow electricity generation even in extreme climates.

Last year, OWI-Lab's test facility made some new investments, in order to support the wind power industry with functional testing of electrical machinery as if it were installed in an existing wind turbine. CG Power Systems was one of the first companies to perform tests.