European Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind)

A dedicated voice for Technology and Policy R&D, speaking for the wind energy sector and its stakeholders.

The European Technology Platform for Wind Energy (TPWind) is sponsored by:

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TPWind: Working Group Activities

A Group is a small number (e.g. 20) of high-level persons willing to provide intellectual inputs, participate to the work and attend the meetings of the Technology Platform.

 Members of the Technology Platform are representatives from public and private sector at Senior and Director level. Membership is subject to validation by the Steering Committee.

A preliminary Worplan proposal is available online at The Workplan will be updated during the first TPWind General Assembly in Brussels in November 2007.

The preliminary Workplan was proposed by the Working Group chairmen. The activities of the Working Group are focused on the main Research aspects enabling costs reductions.

Working Group 1: Wind Energy Resource (chairman E. L. Petersen)

This Working Group has to focus on areas where wind exploitation is still poor, for enabling the full deployment of wind energy. Particular emphasis shall be put on offshore and extreme climate resources.

Key areas in this thematic may include: advanced sitting and wind characterization models. Wind resource mapping, advanced wind power forecasting techniques, advanced measurements techniques including remote sensing.


Working Group 2: Wind Power Systems (chairman J. Beurskens)

This Working Group focuses on aspects enabling costs reductions on the wind-turbine side (onshore and offshore).

Key areas in this thematic may include: Materials, Drive-trains, Blades, O&M and Wind turbine design and efficiency increase.



Working Group 3: Wind Energy Integration (chairman J. Buddenberg)

The scope of this Working Group work extends from the single (large) wind farm level (onshore and offshore) to the large-scale integration in the power system level. The layout and basic structure of the grid need to be adapted to large amounts of variable electricity supply.

Working Group 4: Offshore Development & Operation (chairman A. MacAskill)

Following the declaration of the European Policy Workshop on Offshore Wind Power Deployment (Berlin, 2007), this group is invited to provide a roadmap for a large-scale deployment of offshore wind energy, focusing on the relevant Research & Development topics. The five other Working Groups of the Technology Platform are dealing both with onshore and offshore. WG4 is focused on offshore aspects not addressed by the other Working Groups.

Key areas in this thematic may include: safety and access to offshore turbines, new and improved concepts for offshore wind turbines, design and fabrication of offshore substructures, new concepts for assembly installation and hook up of large scale developments, offshore cables and connectors, operations and maintenance, spatial planning and decommissioning.

Working Group 5: Wind Market & Economics (chairman A. Santamaria)

This Working group is scrutinizing the economics and market instruments related to wind energy, both onshore and offshore.

Key areas in this thematic may include: cost and financing of wind turbine and wind farm projects, supply chain analysis and proposal for improvements, market instruments for electricity exchanges at EU level, impact of certificates on the wind energy market.


Working Group 6: Wind Policy & Environment (chairman A. Zervos)

This Working group is focused on possible improvements of policy and environmental measures at international, EU and Member States level, for onshore and offshore.

Key areas in this thematic may include: policy optimisation, environmental aspects optimisation. Specific weight will be given to administrative and institutional barriers, and the effects that they have on wind development.

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