Key Deliverables Now Public

EcoSwing has gratefully received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. As such we agreed to releasing certain reports and project deliverables for public use. These include key deliverables of the project including a report on the ground-based testing, as well as a demonstrator report on the successful turbine testing of the EcoSwing HTS generator on Envision’s GC-1 turbine. Please retrieve a copy using the following links:

Deliverable     Content and Download Link
D.8.3    Public results of ground-based tests at IWES
D.7.3    Report on the successful turbine testing of the EcoSwing HTS generator on Envision’s GC-1 turbine

Don't hesitate contacting the consortium with any question that you may have regarding exploitation of superconductive generators in wind power or other applications.

The EcoSwing Story

This is the story of EcoSwing - the world’s first grid connected superconducting generator operating in a wind turbine. In this video we show our venture from basic concepts to operation of this cutting edge technology. This exciting project was guided by team spirit from start to end.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED—First Superconductive Generator Successfully Operated on Turbine

EcoSwing has now ended on schedule. On one hand we are quite sad to finish this inspiring project, on the other hand we are proud to announce a number of groundbreaking successes. Just in short:

  • EcoSwing generator and power converter reached target range +3 MW
  • More than 650 h of grid operation producing power
  • Automated unattended operation enabled
  • More than 7 months of stable and reliable cryogenic system operation
  • Superconducting rotor coils showed great performance and reliability
  • According to schedule EcoSwing has been switched-off for decommissioning on 25.4.2019
  • Compressors and cold heads have been switched-off for warming-up.

We are currently preparing technical articles which you will be able to access from this news section. Also you are certainly wondering what the next step after a successful EcoSwing might be. Stay tuned for more!

PS: The picture on top gives a glimpse under the hood of EcoSwing. It shows inspection of the cooling equipment for the superconductive rotor.

On the Experience of EcoSwing Operation

The EcoSwing superconducting generator is now grid connected and supplying power on a regular basis. First households in Denmark can claim "Powered by Superconductivity". The superconductive generator technology has proven able to operate in a 3 MW Direct Drive wind turbine with all the real impacts present in a wind turbine operational environment.

Jesper Hansen of Envision Energy sums it up in his concise manner "The generator is working as expected". This 5th in series video clip will give you an update into the state of this exciting project.

EcoSwing is the Drivetrain of the Year 2018. Gold Medal from Windpower Monthly

This year's Turbine of the Year Award in the Drivetrain Category went to EcoSwing. To be precise we got the GOLD MEDAL! This is truly fantastic!

EcoSwing has been bestowed by the well-known trade journal Windpower Monthly. Eize de Vries highlighted the journal's motivation in "vastly reduced material usage has contributed to making superconducting technology competitive with conventional electric machines". According to Windpower Monthly this fits well to the sector trend of higher rated turbines and changing grid demands.

As we see it—there is little to add.

Windpower Monthly is the leading news magazine of the international wind energy business, publishing non-stop since 1985. You can read the entire article on the web site of  Windpower Monthly.

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