Pieter Jan Jordaens

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.

Pieter Jan Jordaens
Peter Paulissen

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.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

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.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

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.

Mark Van Pee

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.

Pieter Jan Jordaens
Bastiaan Reymer

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.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

Researchers of the Dutch Delft University of Technology have performed R&D icing and low temperatures tests on a new de-icing technique in OWI-Lab’s climate chamber. These tests will help them to further develop a de-icing technique based on ns-DBD plasma actuators.

Stefan Milis

The Optiwind SBO project consortium partners and their event partner OWI-Lab are holding an open meeting on 2 December about offshore wind. The gathering is being held at Siemens PLM Software in Haasrode. Six different items are up for discussion.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

Thanks to the growing developments and popularity of drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), the role they play in existing applications such as inspecting wind turbines is set to become more significant and grow.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

On 10 and 11 December, Windpower Monthly, the news magazine of the international wind energy business, will hold its yearly ‘cold climate wind energy conference’ in Helsinki. OWI-Lab will be there too, to present a speech.