Scottish wind scientists at the University of Strathclyde will be lending its wind turbine expertise to a £6m EU project that is aimed at developing renewable energy storage solutions.
The SPIRE 2 (Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy) project is reportedly a cross-border initiative in the UK. The project is funded by European Union’s Interreg IVA Programme and led by Ulster University’s Centre for Sustainable Technologies and is aimed to develop consumer-owned energy storage devices to meet current and future electricity market needs.
A University of Strathclyde team that is led by Professor Margaret Stack has reportedly been awarded £1.1 million in order to recruit five Ph.D. researchers with the objective to study erosion and corrosion of the wind and tidal turbines.
Stack said that the wear, erosion, and corrosion of materials and surface coatings could limit the performance of renewable energy devices and energy efficiency. She added that the project’s research findings as a part of the overall SPIRE 2 project would provide a road map of performance based on laboratory simulation of materials degradation from experimental testing and computational modelling. The University of Strathclyde recently completed a tidal turbine erosion project and were the first to link the use of weather maps of materials testing for wind turbines.
Meanwhile, Prof. Neil Hewitt of Ulster University said that the role of Strathclyde within SPIRE 2 in understanding the long-term weather-related impacts on the performance of the wind and marine renewable energy systems is significant. He added that the Ulster University and the rest of partners looked forward to working with the Strathclyde as they brought immense expertise in the performance of the wind and marine energy systems.