Laboratories pool wind research

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As of this month, the Dutch national energy laboratory Energie Centrum Nederlands (ECN) and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) will be "intensifying their co-operation in the field of wind energy" according to a recently signed agreement. This formalisation of the long-standing de facto co-operation between two of Holland's leading wind energy research institutes is intended to reinforce the coherence between basic research and technology development. Shared staffing resources, test fields and other research facilities will enable ECN and TU Delft to make joint tenders for large -- international -- research and development projects. The combination of their specific areas of expertise will enable the two institutes to profile themselves as "the first international knowledge developer" to offer a "complete chain from basic research and development work to consultancy services, certification and standards development." Specifically the co-operation will focus on the development of turbines for offshore applications in the 3-5 MW range, on new wind turbine concepts leading to cost price reductions, and on improving aerodynamic rotor models

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