Ilika's solid-state battery concludes wind blade condition monitoring trial

Wind Turbines. Author: Lance Cheung. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

February 10 (Renewables Now) - UK materials development company Ilika Plc (LON:IKA) last week said it has successfully completed a trial of its solid-state battery in a condition monitoring device placed on a test wind turbine blade at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult facility in Blyth, the UK.

The trial, carried out last month, showed that the Stereax solid-state battery can be charged by energy harvested from blade vibrations and it can, in turn, power condition monitoring sensors and LoRa communication.

The wireless sensor device, powered by the battery, performs autonomous structural condition monitoring of the blades in order to detect early signs of damage and allow operators to better predict maintenance needs. It was developed by Ilika together with China-based turbine maker Titan Wind Energy, in partnership with the Universities of Chester and Aston.

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