R&D: Wind power
This year, Vattenfall’s wind energy business will generate 14 percent more power than last year. The Wind R&D program identifies and strives to remove technical, environmental and economic obstacles to viable growth in wind power. This is achieved through long-term, strategic R&D aimed at developing key tools and competencies.
The overall objectives of the Wind R&D programme are to increase our competence and enhance the technology to support the implementation of commercial large-scale wind power.
Five technology platforms
The Wind R&D program is organised into five technology platforms (TPs) that drive the R&D. Each TP has a coordinator who manages the work of a reference group consisting of technical experts with detailed insight into business operations and needs. The work we do supports the development of future wind projects.
Read more about our technology platforms
Challenges during 2011
The Wind R&D program has progressed from running a large number of projects to focusing on core projects such as wind power in a cold climate, mesoscale modelling, predictive maintenance and wind-turbine drivetrains. The greatest challenge right now for the Wind R&D program is to reduce the cost of Vattenfall’s wind energy production.
The Vattenfall Wind R&D program collaborates closely with several universities, research institutes and other wind energy stakeholders. We are also involved in a number of external R&D programmes such as Vindforsk, the national Swedish research program.