The SME Instrument is part of Horizon 2020, the EU framework program dedicated to innovation and research managed by the European Commission. It belongs to the pillar “Industrial Leadership” of H2020 and aims to support high growth and highly innovative SMEs with global ambitions. The company will receive €2.1 million corresponding to the financing of 70% of the total project budget (€3.0 million). The project will be done in cooperation with Marstrom Composite, the leading composite manufacturer in Sweden.
Triblade is a novel and disruptive technology for large scale wind turbine rotor blades, which has been developed by Winfoor. The patent pending technology is a 3-in-1-blade will reduce both production cost and transport cost, while allowing rotor blades to be longer, stronger and much lighter than what is possible today. Using the same material as in standard blades, Triblade will reduce blade weight by up to 80 % and reduce blade cost dramatically.
These are game changing improvements that give Winfoor a unique opportunity in the wind turbine rotor blade market. The technology may also play a decisive role in the development of next generation of larger, more efficient wind turbines and to accelerate the transition to greater use of renewables worldwide.
The objective of the SME Instrument funded project is to demonstrate Triblade under operational conditions and to position Winfoor and Marstrom for high growth in the wind market by overcoming challenges associated with the introduction of this innovative rotor blade design. To this end, a scale up Triblade rotor will be built and demonstrated on a wind turbine in the SME Instrument project.
"The project will have a huge impact on the whole Triblade project,
says Rikard Berthilsson, CEO of Winfoor. It gives us the necessary resources to scale up and demonstrate the technology under real conditions and to pave the way for market uptake of this groundbreaking technology
As a consequence of the funding, Winfoor is now seeking to strengthen its R&D team with a senior developer in blade engineering. The job ad can be downloaded here
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Triblade has previously received public funding from the Swedish agencies Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova, and Mistra Innovation.
Winfoor is a cleantech company that has developed Triblade. It is a spin off from Lund University, Sweden and behind the company is a multidisciplinary group of researchers from the fields of mathematics, fluid mechanics and structural mechanics. Team members either hold a PhD or MSc degree and core competences include structural optimization and analysis, fluid mechanics, and composite materials.
About Marstrom Composite
Marstrom Composite is the leading composite manufacturer in Sweden and has expert competence in producing products in composite material, production development and structural mechanics for a broad variety of industries, such as wind turbines, defense, aerospace, marine and automotive. The company has the facilities needed to implement a high degree of automated and streamlined low cost production of Triblade.
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