Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: OCEAN 2013.4 | Award Amount: 14.90M | Year: 2013
A new EU 7th Framework Programme project, LEANWIND (Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments) seeks to apply lean principles to the offshore wind farm project lifecycle. The primary LEANWIND objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools. The offshore wind industry in existing near shore shallow sites has yet to become cost competitive with traditional forms of energy while new sites are being planned for greater distances from shore or deeper water bringing new challenges. The offshore wind industry has not yet applied lean principles to the logistical operations of the wind farm in all stages of the lifecycle as proposed by the LEANWIND project. Lean principles were originally developed by Toyota to optimise the processes of manufacturing industries; these principles of optimisation and efficiency have subsequently been adopted by many other industries to remove wasteful stages and streamline processes. This new lean paradigm will be applied to each of the critical project stages: logistical processes, shore-based transport links, port and staging facilities, vessels, lifting equipment, safety and O&M. The LEANWIND approach will ensure that unnecessarily complex or wasteful stages of the development process are removed, flow between the required stages is streamlined, quality is enhanced and thus overall cost and time efficiency improved to enable the industry to bridge the gap between current costs and industry cost aspirations. Properly applied, lean management will improve quality, reliability and H&S standards across the project supply chain and throughout the wind farm lifecycle.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: MG-4.2-2014 | Award Amount: 11.46M | Year: 2015
The trend in navigational accidents no longer appears to decrease. In a Formal Safety Assessment (IMO NAV59-6, Annex 1) 5.544 navigational and 7.275 other accidents resulted in the loss of 6.264 lives (2001-2010). The coincide of EU policies on safer and more efficient waterborne operations and in particular the e-maritime initiative with IMOs strategy for e-navigation opens a unique window of opportunity to influence the maritime sector and make substantial impact. Funding of EfficienSea 2 will enable the consortium to exploit this window of opportunity, supporting EU policies and marine traffic management through services to: 1. Improve navigational safety and efficiency 2. Improve Arctic navigation and emergency response 3. Decrease administrative burdens 4. Improve environmental monitoring & enforcement Lasting impact will be ensured by five enabling actions: 1. Development of the Maritime Cloud a communication framework for both e-maritime and e-navigation - enabling efficient sharing of information between all maritime stakeholders 2. Maturing emerging communication technologies, improving ships connectivity 3. Proactive facilitation of standardisation to maximize adoption and impact 4. Showcasing solutions in two very different geographic areas. Web-based initial implementation of the services will be done in the Arctic and the Baltic 5. Ensure an ambitious upgrade of international maritime safety regimes through a strong participation in regulatory bodies including EU and IMO EfficienSea 2 has gathered a unique level of competence in a consortium of 32 partners from 10 countries representing authorities, academia, international organisations as well as equipment manufacturers combining all the right capacities for effectively achieving these ambitious objectives.
Tech Force | Date: 2014-10-08
A super-junction trench MOSFET integrated with embedded trench Schottky rectifier is disclosed for soft reverse recovery operation. The embedded trench Schottky rectifier can be integrated in a same unit cell with the super-junction trench MOSFET.
Tech Force | Date: 2014-09-24
The present invention relates to a vacuum wall crawler (1) having at least one vacuum track unit (100) comprising:- a track frame (150);- two pulleys (140, 141) provided in opposite ends of the track frame (150), and defining a wheelbase (W);- an endless track (110) arranged to circulate on the two pulleys (140, 141), and comprising a flexible band (120), said flexible band (120) comprising a plurality of apertures (123), and having a thickness (T);- a vacuum distribution box (200) provided in said track frame (150)wherein the vacuum distribution box (200) is in communication with a portion of the apertures (123) to distribute a vacuum to the portion of apertures (123) as the endless track (110) circulates, where the thickness (T) of the flexible band (120) is 5-20% of the wheel base, W.
Tech Force | Date: 2014-09-03
The invention relates to a two-stroke engine, specially, relates to a two-stroke air-powered engine assembly which uses the compressed air as the power source. The two-stroke air-powered engine of the present invention includes an engine body (1), a multiple-column power distributor (2), a power equipment (4), a controller system (6), an intake speed control valve (23), a high pressure gas tank set (13), a constant pressure tank (16), an electronic control unit ECO (29).
Tech Force | Date: 2014-04-03
A trench MOSFET with embedded schottky rectifier having at least one anti-punch through implant region using reduced masks process is disclosed for avalanche capability enhancement and cost reduction. The source regions have a higher doping concentration and a greater junction depth along sidewalls of the trenched source-body contacts than along adjacent channel regions near the gate trenches.
Tech Force | Date: 2014-03-21
The present invention relates to a vacuum wall crawler having at least one vacuum track unit comprising a track frame, two pulleys provided in opposite ends of the track frame, and defining a wheelbase, an endless track arranged to circulate on the two pulleys, and comprising a flexible band, said flexible band comprising a plurality of apertures, and having a thickness, a vacuum distribution box provided in said track frame wherein the vacuum distribution box is in communication with a portion of the apertures to distribute a vacuum to the portion of apertures as the endless track circulates, where the thickness of the flexible band is 5-20% of the wheel base.
Tech Force | Date: 2014-02-03
A trench MOSFET structure having self-aligned features for mask saving and on-resistance reduction is disclosed, wherein source regions are formed by performing source Ion Implantation through contact holes of a contact interlayer in the middle of adjacent terrace trenched gates, and further source diffusion. Both the contact holes and source regions are self-aligned to the terrace trenched gates.
Tech Force | Date: 2014-01-07
This invention discloses a trench MOSFET comprising a top side drain region in a wide trench in a termination area besides a BV sustaining area, wherein said top side drain comprises a top drain metal connected to an epitaxial layer and a substrate through a plurality of trenched drain contacts, wherein the wide trench is formed simultaneously when a plurality of gate trenches are formed in an active area, and the trenched drain contacts are formed simultaneously when a trenched source-body contact is formed in the active area.
Tech Force | Date: 2014-10-01
The invention relates to a generator system, specially, relates to a generator system which uses the compressed air as the power source and utilizes an electromagnetic auxiliary power unit. The generator system of the present invention includes an engine (1), a multiple-column power distributor (2), a generator system (4), a controller system (6), an intake speed control valve (23), a high pressure gas tank (13), a constant pressure tank (16), an electronic control unit ECO (29), an electromagnetic auxiliary power unit (1000), a power distributor (1100) and an end gas recycle loop. The said end gas recycle loop includes an air compressor (7), a condenser (11), an end gas recycle tank (9), an electro-drive turbine unidirectional suction pump (19) and an end gas muffler (22). The invention also relates to an electromagnetic auxiliary power unit for an air-powered generator system.