Suprapower: Superconducting, reliable, lightweight and more powerful offshore wind turbine.

SUPRAPOWER project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308793

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Work Packages

The project is organized in 7 work packages (WP).

Suprapower 7 work packages diagram

The project is organized in five R&D work packages and two more related to dissemination and exploitation and management.

WP1: Validation of the Superconducting scale machine (Leader: Tecnalia, Columbus, Oerlikon, Southampton, KIT and Ingeteam) The objective of this WP is to design, manufacture and test a Superconducting (SC) scale machine to validate the 10 MW SC generator concept developed in WP4. To keep the maximum similitude between the scale and the 10 MW machines, the power reduction will be obtained by reducing the number of poles, while maintaining identical in both machine the characteristics and size of the SC rotor coils.

WP2: Design and validation of the superconducting coil based on MgB2 (Leader: Columbus, Tecnalia, IEE SAS and Southampton) The objective of this WP is to construct and validate a MgB2 SC coil able to work as field winding in a synchronous salient poles wind generator. The SC rotor coils will be identical both in full and small scale machines, and the coil obtained here will be used in the construction of the scale generator. MgB2 wire will be specifically designed to meet wind turbine generators requirements.

WP3: Design and validation of the modular rotating cryostat (Leader: KIT, Tecnalia, Oerlikon and Southampton) The objective of this WP is to develop a rotating modular cryostat concept and to build and validate one of these modules for cooling the SC coils of the rotor of a synchronous salient poles generator. The cryostat will have a modular part that will be identical both for full and small scale machines, and a thermal collector that will be different. Another fundamental objective is to develop a rotary joint to connect the stationary He compressor to the cryocoolers.

WP4: Integration of the full scale SC generator in the wind turbine (Leader: Solute, Tecnalia, Oerlikon, Southampton, KIT and Ingeteam) This WP is intended to the development of the conceptual design of a superconducting 10 MW direct drive wind turbine generator, which will be validated in WP1 trough a scale machine. This WP also includes the mechanical integration of the designed generator in a wind turbine nacelle for both, fixed and floating platforms.

WP5: Next steps towards the industrialization of the new wind turbine (Leader: Ingeteam, Tecnalia, Columbus, Oerlikon, IEE SAS ,Southampton, KIT, D2M, Solute and Ingeteam) The objective of this WP is to make a business plan for the commercialization of 10 MW SC wind generators. The future progress and limitations of the SC technology in the long term will be analysed, as well as those relevant aspects around the generator which cannot be tested in the scale generator.

WP6: Exploitation and Dissemination (Leader: Tecnalia, Columbus, Oerlikon, IEE SAS, Southampton, KIT, D2M, Solute and Ingeteam) The aim of this WP is to coordinate and perform dissemination and exploitation activities, facilitating the use of SUPRAPOWER results for subsequent market oriented R&D and demonstration projects. These activities will target technology developers, end-users, regulators and public acceptance barriers, being coordinated with other relevant initiatives.

WP7: Overall methodology and management (Leader: Tecnalia, Columbus, KIT, Solute and Ingeteam) WP/ is devoted to the overall methodology and management of the project through the entire project lifetime. The main activities under this WP are: Coordination and management of all the activities; Internal and external communication and flow of information; Assessment of the progress of the project; Development and application of risk mitigation strategies.


Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain) SOLUTE Ingenieros (Spain) Ingeteam Service S.A. (Spain) Columbus Superconductor Spa (Italy) Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovac Academy of Sciences (Slovakia) University of Southampton (United Kingdom) Karlsruher Institut Technologie (Germany) D2M Engineering (France)