Chair: Paul McKeever, SP2 Coordinator
The objectives of the session were to remind the participants of the areas that are covered by SP2, summarise the associated activity over the last 12 months, provide a series of relevant speakers and have a discussion/interactive session around the ESRFI funding/new ESFRI roadmap. Amongst the presentations given, there were two focusing on distributed research infrastructure collaborations within the members of the group and a presentation to educate the group on standards work covered by IECRE and IEC.
The agenda for the session is summarized here:
- Recap of SP2 activity in the last 12 months
Presentations on research infrastructures, testing and standards
- Toward a European distributed research infrastructure for offshore renewable energies –Yves Perignon (EC Nantes)
- Pooling of remote research infrastructures –Olimpo Anaya-Lara (University of Strathclyde)
- Standards Overview (the work of IECRE and IEC) –Michael Smailes (ORE Catapult)
Interactive session on ESFRI funding and the new ESFRI roadmap (including thoughts on WindScanner, Marinet2 and Marinerg-iprojects)
The EC Nantes presentation provided by Yves Perignon introduced the audience to the work behind the forthcoming ESFRI funding/roadmap activities in 2020. The roadmap concerns the establishment of a network of distributed research infrastructures with a central hub and interlinked national nodes. It is important because it provides a long term improvement, recognition, innovation and sustainability mechanism for our collective research infrastructures through formal integration and close cooperation. Essentially, being on the ESFRI roadmap opens access to funding within the H2020/Horizon Europe programme which is specifically earmarked for the purpose of upgrading and integrating research infrastructures.
The University of Strathclyde presentation gave the group a relevant example of how members of SP2 (in this case ORE Catapult and the University of Strathclyde) can work together to connect or pool complimentary research infrastructures on multiple sites. Olimpo Anaya-Lara explained the plans for hardware in the loop (HIL) activities for assets on three difference sites, i.e. Blyth, Levenmouth (ORE Catapult) and Cumbernauld (University of Strathclyde). The plans concern the connection of a 7MW demonstration turbine (Levenmouth), a 15MW nacelle testing rig and 18MV grid emulator (Blyth) and a Power Network Demonstration Centre, PNDC (Cumbernauld). Through real time data exchanges, this set-up allows equipment under test to be subjected to real wind turbine conditions (recorded from the 7MW turbine) and to create subsequent network conditions (in both the grid emulator and PNDC facility, including energy storage scenarios) linked to the performance of the equipment under test.
Finally, the last presentation of the session concerned the standards work of IECRE and IEC. As standards is a theme that is generally less covered in this subprogramme than discussions around research infrastructures and testing, the presentation provided an opportunity for the group to learn about the activities of IECRE and IEC, the subtle differences between the two, and some common misunderstandings. It is also provoked discussions that whilst many SP2 participants may not directly contribute to the maintenance/formation of existing and new standards, they do undertake many research and testing activities on our collective research infrastructures that can and do influence current and future standards development.