On Tuesday November 24 WISE is pleased to host Daniela Roeper, Founder of Borealis Wind. Borealis Wind has designed a wind turbine blade de-icing retrofit (the “Borealis De-icing System”). This system is an internal hot-air heating system designed as a retrofit for wind turbine blades. The purpose of this system is to de-ice the blades of the wind turbine, once it has shut down due to ice build-up.
This presentation outlines the validation tests that have been completed and their results. The tests completed include: computational fluid dynamics (“CFD”) modeling of the airflow within the blade, numerical thermodynamics modeling, numerical airflow modeling, computational modeling of the thermodynamics and airflow within the blade and physical airflow testing. The static and fatigue load testing on the mounting system as well as the installation of the first prototype into a GE 1.5sle wind turbine are currently underway, however their results up until October 16, 2016 are presented. The results show that the system is able to de-ice the wind turbine blade in under 90 minutes at -5°C and that the installation of the system requires 1 day per blade for 3 technicians.
The purpose of the presentation is to show the validation tests that have been completed as well as outline the remaining tests that must be completed and where there are possibilities for research collaborations.
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