EWEA coordinates and participates in long-term projects, funded by the EU, that examine technical areas relevant to the wind industry. Partners in these projects include universities, European associations, wind energy companies - from manufacturers to consultancies - and utilities.
EWEA is currently involved in the following EU-funded projects:
IRPWIND is an integrated research programme that combines strategic research projects and support activities within the field of Wind Energy, with the aim of leveraging the long term European research potential.
LEANWIND ambitiously aims at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain. In particular, it wants to develop new technical solutions to reduce the costs of the offshore wind farm installation, O&M and decommissioning by applying the so-called LEAN principles of efficiency to the wind energy lifecycle and supply chain.
WISE Power project is about social acceptance of wind energy. It wants to increase local awareness and participation in the planning and implementation of wind power projects with the aim of reducing social resistance that often results in practical obstacles - such as significant slowdowns - to the deployment of the wind projects.
Market 4RES is a project that focuses on electricity market design to support a more efficient integration of renewable energy (RES-E) into the pan-European electricity system, in line with the 2020 objectives - and the forthcoming 2030 targets.
REserviceS has developed a reference basis and policy guidelines for future network codes and market design in the area of grid support services from variable renewables. The project has been funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme and EWEA was the coordinator. It has ended on 30/09/2014.
The "Technology platform Operational Programme Wind" (TOP Wind) was a EU funded project under the Seventh Framework Programme - FP7. TOP Wind has been the follow-up to the WindSec project and ensured the proper functioning of the European Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind). TOP Wind has played an essential role for the achievement of TPWind goals. The project has ended in April 2014.
EERA-DTOC stands for the European Energy Research Alliance - Design Tool for Offshore Wind Farm Cluster. The project is funded by the EU - Seventh Framework Programme - and is coordinated by the Technical University of Denmark - DTU Wind Energy. The concept of the EERA-DTOC project is to combine gained expertise in a common integrated software tool for the optimised design of offshore wind farms and wind farm clusters acting as wind power plants.
e-Highway2050 aims at developing a methodology to support the planning of the Pan-European Transmission Network, focusing on 2020 to 2050, to ensure the reliable delivery of renewable electricity and pan-European market integration.
The INNWIND.EU project focuses on innovative wind conversion systems (10-20MW) for offshore applications. The overall objectives are the high performance innovative design of a beyond-state-of-the-art 10-20MW offshore wind turbine and hardware demonstrators of some of the critical components.