Industry sets out research priorities

EUROPE: A new report by WindEurope, backed by ETIPWind and industry players, sets out five priorities for research and innovation studies to focus on.

EC vice president Maros Sefcovic studies the SRIA report

Grid infrastructure and integration, operations and maintenance, industrialisation for economies of scale and faster production, reducing offshore wind costs, and next generation technologies should be at the centre of innovation in Europe, in order for the region to maintain its lead in wind. 

The 'Strategic research and innovation agenda 2016' report, including input from chief technology officers of Siemens, Dong Energy, Vestas, ABB and Iberdola, was presented to European Commission vice president for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic. 

ETIPWind chairman Aidan Cronin warned that Europe is fighting a losing battle to maintain leadership in renewables.

In his foreword to the report, Cronin wrote: "As competition between technology providers is becoming fiercer in developed markets, high growth markets move to the developing world and European leadership is increasingly challenged, especially by Asian players. They are investing vast sums… and Europe needs to meet this challenge."