Risø to head major EU research programme on wind turbine technology  

Risø National Laboratory will be heading a EU research project next year regarding wind turbine technology

Risø National Laboratory, a part of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, is to head an EU research project regarding wind turbine technology. The "Upwind" project has a budget of DKK 175 m (USD 28 m) and includes 40 participants from EU countries comprising research institutions, manufacturers, consultants and certification companies.

Focus will be on development of improved measurement technology of strains on the wind turbines, on operation and production of wind turbines in wind turbine parks and on the influence of turbulence and wind conditions. The participants will also attempt to design a 20 MW wind turbine, which is four times larger than the biggest current prototypes of wind turbines.

Peter Hjuler Jensen, coordinator of the project at Risø National Laboratory comments: "When we unite our forces, we are in a stronger position in relation to competitors outside the EU, and it will also benefit wind power that we will be able to develop large and more cost efficient wind power stations". The project is supported via EU's 6th framework programme. The news was reported by professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).

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