TPWind identifies 46 R&D projects

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Forty-six wind research and development (R&D) projects have been identified by the EU's cross-industry and academia research network, the European Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind). The six working groups of TPWind have identified the initial R&D needs of the sector and have embarked on the next phase: turning the plans into reality, reported project manager Filippo Gagliardi at EWEC 2009. TPWind's agenda focuses on five priority areas: wind conditions, turbine technology, wind energy integration, offshore deployment and European research infrastructure. Of the 46 project ideas, 28 are pure R&D and 18 are market deployment and policy activities; as many as 37 are classified as having a high level of priority, said Gagliardi. EU support for wind will come from the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, which aims for a coherent research effort across Europe to meet 2020 targets and bring forward the next generation of technologies to meet longer term goals. TPWind hopes to launch the SET Plan's European wind initiative (EWI) -- worth up to EUR 6 billion -- later this year, said Gagliardi. Additional support will come from the EU's 7th and 8th R&D framework programs and through Europe's Economic Recovery Plan. "But public funding will not cover more than 50% of the project costs, so a firm commitment is needed from the industry," he said.

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