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EcoSwing - Energy Cost Optimization using Superconducting Wind Generators - World’s First Demonstration of a 3.6 MW Low-Cost Lightweight DD Superconducting Generator on a Wind Turbine

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Project "EcoSwing" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
address: TORVET 11 2
postcode: 8600
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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 13˙846˙593 €
 EC max contribution 10˙591˙733 € (76%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Develop geothermal, hydro, marine and other renewable energy options)
2. H2020-EU. (Develop efficient, reliable and cost-competitive solar energy systems)
3. H2020-EU. (Develop the full potential of wind energy)
 Code Call H2020-LCE-2014-2
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-03-01   to  2019-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ENVISION ENERGY (DENMARK) APS DK (SILKEBORG) coordinator 1˙527˙029.00
2    UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE NL (ENSCHEDE) participant 1˙988˙605.00
4    ECO 5 GMBH DE (BONN) participant 1˙642˙193.00
5    DELTA ENERGY SYSTEMS GMBH DE (SOEST) participant 1˙088˙850.00
7    JEUMONT ELECTRIC SAS FR (JEUMONT) participant 999˙707.00


 Project objective

EcoSwing aims at world's first demonstration of a superconducting low-cost, lightweight drive train on a modern 3.6 MW wind turbine.

EcoSwing is quantifiable: The generator weight is reduced by 40% compared to commercial permanent magnet direct-drive generators (PMDD). For the nacelle this means a very significant weight reduction of 25%. Assuming series production, cost reduction for the generator can be 40% compared to PMDD. Finally, reliance on rare earth metals is down by at least two orders of magnitude.

This demonstration is enabled by the increasing maturity of industrial superconductivity. In an ambitious step beyond present activities, EcoSwing will advance the TRL from 4-5 to 6-7. We are shifting paradigms: Previously, HTS was considered for very big, highly efficient turbines for future markets only. By means of cost-optimization, EcoSwing targets a turbine of great relevance already to the present large-scale wind power market. The design principles of EcoSwing are applicable to markets with a wide range of turbine ratings from 2 MW to 10 MW and beyond.

Despite technological successes in superconductivity, turbine manufacturers and generator suppliers are hesitant to apply HTS into the wind sector, because of real and perceived risks. The environment inside a wind turbine has unique requirements to generators (parasitic loads and moments, vibration, amount of independent hours of operation). Therefore, a demonstration is required.

The consortium represents a full value chain from materials, over components, up to a turbine manufacturer as an end-user providing market pull. It features competent partners on the engineering, the cryogenic, and the power conversion side. Also ground-based testing before turbine deployment, pre-certification activities, and training are included.

EcoSwing can become tangible: The EcoSwing demonstrator will commence operation in 2018 on an existing very modern 3.6 MW wind turbine in Thyborøn, Denmark.


List of deliverables.
Turbine tested HTS drive train system Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-08-29 13:29:00
Public results of ground based tests Documents, reports 2019-08-29 13:29:08
Project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-30 11:34:27

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of EcoSwing deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Hans Kyling, Norbert Eich, Paul Feja
Measuring MNm torques as part of a prototype testing campaign of a high-temperature superconducting generator for wind turbine application in the scope of the Ecoswing project
published pages: 12018, ISSN: 1742-6588, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/1222/1/012018
Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1222 2019-08-05
2019 T Winkler
The EcoSwing Project
published pages: 12004, ISSN: 1757-899X, DOI: 10.1088/1757-899x/502/1/012004
IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 502 2019-08-05
2019 Anne Bergen, Rasmus Andersen, Markus Bauer, Hermann Boy, Marcel ter Brake, Patrick Brutsaert, Carsten Buhrer, Marc Dhalle, Jesper Hansen, Herman ten Kate, Jurgen Kellers, Jens Krause, Erik Krooshoop, Christian Kruse, Hans Kylling, Martin Pilas, Hendrik Putz, Anders Rebsdorf, Michael Reckhard, Eric Seitz, Helmut Springer, Xiaowei Song, Nir Tzabar, Sander Wessel, Jan Wiezoreck, Tiemo Winkler and Kon
Design and In-Field Testing of World\'s First ReBCO Rotor for a 3.6 MW Wind Generator
published pages: , ISSN: 0953-2048, DOI:
Superconductor Science and Technology Submitted June 2019 2019-08-05
2019 Marc Dhalle, Anne Bergen, Markus Bauer and Marcel ter Brake
Self-heating effect in HTS coils
published pages: , ISSN: 0953-2048, DOI:
Superconductor Science and Technology Submitted June 2019 2019-08-05
2017 Markus Bauer (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik)
Introducing EcoSwing
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Suprapower final workshop 2017 2019-06-13
2017 Markus Bauer (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik)
Status of the Ecoswing project
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EUCAS 2017 Conference 2017 2019-06-13
2017 Jürgen Kellers (ECO 5)
Development of a Superconductive Wind Power Generator within the EcoSwing project
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MT25 Conference 2017 2017 2019-06-13
2017 Dr. Marc Dhallé (University of Twente) Anne Bergen (University of Twente) Erik Krooshoop (University of Twente) Herman Ten Kate (CERN) Konstantyn Yagotyntsev (University of Twente) Marcel ter Brake (University of Twente) Markus Bauer (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik GmbH) Dr. Martin Keller (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik GmbH) Nir Tzabar (University of Twente) Sander Wessel (University of Twente)
Self-heating effect in HTS coils
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MT25 Conference 2017 2017 2019-06-13
2017 Markus Bauer (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik GmbH) Dr. Raphaela Burzler (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik GmbH) Dr. Veit Große (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik GmbH) Dr. Martin Keller (THEVA Dünnschichttechnik GmbH) Anne Bergen Dr. Marc Dhallé (University of Twente) Sander Wessel (University of Twente) Dr. Konstantin Yagotintsev (University of Twente) Dr. Nir Tzabar (Ariel University)
HTS field coils with robust design for a superconducting wind turbine generator
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MT25 Conference 2017 2017 2019-06-13

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