Mission and Focus Areas of Fluid Power for Renewable Energy Applications

Mission

The overall mission of the research programme is to conduct research at the highest international level in the field of efficient, intelligent and reliable fluid power components, systems and control – with special focus on digital displacement technology and related to areas as wind turbines, wave energy, maritime and offshore applications, and mobile and industrial hydraulics.



Focus Areas

The focus areas of the research programme are:

  • Research and development in relation to high efficient and reliable Discrete Displacement Technology (DDT) components and systems
  • Designing control strategies for DDT components and systems
  • Advanced control of wind turbines in relation to fluid power systems
  • Development of high efficiency control strategies for wave energy converters
  • Development of self-contained efficient autonomous drives
  • Improving the reliability of fluid power components and systems

The core research activities are concentrated around:

  • Development of large capacity fast switching valve technology
  • Development of system topologies for efficient power take-off for wave energy converters
  • Development and testing of control strategies for wind turbines, incl. advanced and intelligent pitch and yaw control
  • General development of controllers for hydraulic (fluid power) components and systems
  • Development of condition monitoring and fault detection and diagnostics methods for fluid power systems
  • Fault tolerant control of fluid power systems
  • Highly accelerated lifetime testing of fluid power components and systems


Vacancies within Fluid Power in Wind and Wave Energy

If any, please find the vacancies here: Vacancies at Aalborg University

Collaboration Partners

The research programme is a programme initiated to strengthen the research activities within fluid power components and systems and to support the development activities within these areas. The collaboration partners include:

  • Hydratech Industries Wind Power
  • Wave Star
  • Sauer-Danfoss
  • Danish Wind Industry Association
  • Liftra
  • R&D A/S
  • DTU Wind
  • Diinef

The programme is open for new partners with the objective to strengthen these activities by collaborating with national and international research groups, institutions in academia and industry to maintain the highest possible research level and to facilitate the knowledge to new products and solutions.