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Dr Ing Tonio Sant (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) was awarded the 'Excellent Young Wind Doctor Award 2008' ...

European Wind Energy Award for Maltese Academic
Brussels Expo, Belgium, 31 March - 3 April 2008

Dr Ing Tonio Sant from the University of Malta’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was awarded the 'Excellent Young Wind Doctor Award 2008' during the European Wind Energy Conference held in Brussels. This is a prestigious award given by the European Wind Energy Academy, which is the academic arm of the European Wind Energy Association. The Award was given for the first time this year to bring recognition to recently graduated PhD students.

The PhD work was a four-year collaboration in wind energy research between the University of Malta and Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. The PhD studies were supported by the Staff Development and Recruitment Office of the University of Malta.

The wind energy market is experiencing remarkable growths annually. Despite the great progress made over the last decade, further costs reductions in turbine technology are necessary for wind energy to reach its full potential in terms of large scale supply of electricity. Improving the reliability of aerodynamic models embedded in the design software remains indispensable to achieve cost reductions.

Dr Sant’s research focused on obtaining a better understanding of the complex aerodynamic behaviour of wind turbines operating under different conditions, with the aim of improving the reliabilty of design software used in the wind energy industry.

Experimental data from wind tunnel tests on model turbines were investigated, including that from a 10m diameter rotor tested in the NASA Ames wind tunnel by engineers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the United States. To enable more detailed analysis of complex aerodynamic phenomena, new analytical methodologies were developed in this research to be able to compensate for the limitations in the experimental data.

The European Wind Energy Conference (EWEC), cited as Europe’s premier wind energy event, offers a unique opportunity for participants to engage with business leaders, scientists and policy makers at the highest level.

The line-up of speakers and key policymakers outlining their vision for a new generation of energy supply this year included the EU Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, the Slovenian Minister of the Economy, Andrej Vizjak, the Belgian Federal Minister for Energy and Climate, Paul Magnette, and the Portuguese Minister of Economy and Innovation, Manuel Pinho.

Tonio Sant - Wind Energy Award

Prof. Dr-Ing Jurgen Schmid, President of the European Academy of Wind Energy presenting award to Dr Sant


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