Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, and Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft, have announced their intention to collaborate on R&D projects, Vestas writes in a press release.
Representatives from both companies, who were attending the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change at Copenhagen University this week, say they are exploring possible civilian collaborative technology research projects in areas such as aerodynamics, structural health monitoring as well as design, analysis and production processes of composite materials.
Jan Närlinge, president of Boeing Northern Europe said: "One of our key objectives in Boeing is to produce commercial aircraft that are more fuel-efficient and environmentally at the cutting edge. We are constantly looking for aerodynamic improvements that can reduce fuel consumption and improve the general performance of the existing fleet".
"There is a strong connection between the new technologies that are needed in the aviation and wind industry, and a collaboration on specific projects in research and development will benefit both Boeing and Vestas, and at the same time the environment," Närling added.
Finn Strøm Madsen, president of Vestas Technology R&D comments: "We are very interested in collaborating with leading research scientists worldwide to ensure that we maintain our position as the leading supplier of wind energy solutions. The research collaboration between Vestas and Boeing is an important milestone for the development of our collaboration with major players in the conventional energy and transport industry."
The collaboration between Vestas Technology R&D and Boeing Research & Technology will take place in both Europe and the US, where Vestas has already invested in the establishment of manufacturing facilities including blade, nacelle and tower factories at various locations in Colorado, a purchasing office in Chicago, Illinois, and R&D centres in Houston, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts.
Vestas is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs 20,800 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 35,500 wind turbines in 63 countries on five continents, and has a 23% share of the world market. The company generated revenues in 2008 of EUR 6,035m (USD 7,716m) and for 2009 forecasts revenues of EUR 7,200m (USD 9,206m).