This report presents the Business Plan for the establishment of the
Wind Turbine Component Centre (CWTC) to meet the objectives of
performing theoretical research and experimental testing. The core
idea of a CWTC is to support the Danish wind energy industry and
research activities at the component level improving the
competitive advantage of that industry.
The CWTC will in itself operate its activities, including access to test
and experimental facilities, on a semi commercial basis. The
business model for the CWTC presented is based on revenues
coming from component manufacturers as well as research grants,
and will include membership fees as well as hourly payment and
larger projects where payment is a limited project sum.
The presented roadmap model clarifies the development path
towards a fully developed CWTC, which will cover test of all
important components along the drive-train as well as offering a
comprehensive systematic understanding of the entire drive-train.
The CWTC will over time market and sell its products and services
on a global scale, but first and foremost the CWTC is established to
support and strengthen the Danish wind energy industry and
specifically the Danish sub suppliers to the Danish wind turbine
industry and also the Danish research establishments.
The presented organizational structure reflects that there are
certain functions that are separated from the operations and it
also reflects that scientific staffing are hired in on a project basis.
Machine operators will be hired in on a permanent basis.
The breakdown of the cost for running the rig, both for R&D and
commercial projects is presented. The income from the other
activities is calculated based on the cost for the research staff,
both for R&D activities and commercial. In the first year the
income will be 100% from R&D activities, which is the cost for the
staff to set-up the test-rig, the guidelines and test procedures, and
partly for running the rig.
Within 3 years of operation the CWTC is expected to provide the
full list of products and services, as described in the road-map,
with around half of the activities being research based and the
other half commercial. The first year of operation is expected to
be pure research based, with the development of test cases,
guidelines for testing, initial set-up and calibration of the test rig etc.
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