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WindCoE - Nordic Wind Energy Center

Research project The Nordic Wind Energy Center aims to establish a competence center of wind power in cold climate by bringing business and public sectors together.

The wind energy industry in the Nordic area faces environmental challenges like icing, not found in lower latitudes.The cold climate effects the fundamental dimensions of the atmosphere and is instrumental in providing regional weather that is unique. By informing the public about wind industry processes, this center is positioned to improve public acceptance and guide society’s decisions concerning the future wind energy in the Nordic regions. The center is a collaboration among industry experts, research groups and local municipalities, aiming also to help the industry utilize new technology. Goals – Sustainable development of wind energy sector in cold climate – Better Understanding of wind energy in icing conditions – Create tools beneficial for sustainable development of wind power The center is funded by EU Intereg Botnia-Atlantica Programme, together with Regional Council of Ostrobothnia and Nordland. Project partners are Novia University of Applied Sciences, University of Vaasa, Umeå University, Tampere University of Technology, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, and The Arctic University of Norway.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2015-12-01 2018-05-31

Funding

Interreg Botnia Atlantica, 1.172.597 EUR (Swe, Fin, Nor).
(Part from Umeå University 218.250 EUR).

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Computing Science, Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, Faculty of Science and Technology

Research subject

Computing science, Statistics
  • Project members
    Jianfeng Wang
    Senior research engineer
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    External project members

    Yrkeshögskolan Novia (FI), Luleå tekniska universitet (SE), Umeå universitet (SE), Vasa universitet (FI), Seinäjoki yrkeshögskola (FI), Seinäjoen yliopistokeskus (FI), Norges arktiske universitet (NO).

Project description

The Nordic Wind Energy Center aims to establish a competence center
of wind power in cold climate by bringing business and public sectors together.

The wind energy industry in the Nordic area faces environmental challenges like icing, not found in lower latitudes. By informing the public about wind industry processes, this center is positioned to improve public acceptance and guide society’s decisions concerning the future wind energy in the Nordic regions.

The center is a collaboration among industry experts, research groups and local municipalities, aiming to help the industry utilize new technology.

The center is funded by EU Intereg Botnia-Atlantica Programme, together with Regional Council of Ostrobothnia and Nordland.

Project partners are Novia University of Applied Sciences, University of Vaasa, Umeå University, Tampere University of Technology, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, and The Arctic University of Norway.

Our challenges:
- social acceptance of wind parks
- challenges in process of windpower, including planning, developing, and operating
- cold climate: power production losses due to ice accreation; noise acoustics differences

Our aim is to establish a competence center within wind power in a cold climate
- sharing existing knowledge for further research
- collaborating with industry, municipality and society

Our research:
- simulations and measurements of wind behaviour
- observations of the thermal structure of the atmosphere
- noise propagation from wind parks in terrain
- classification of areas near wind parks with risk of receiving noise
- icing effects; iced wind turbine and wind turbine blades performance
- weather simulation and wind resource modeling
- wind industry process modeling
- virtual reality models, group testing

Our goals:
A) sustainable development of the energy sector
- improve the relationship between the wind industry and the societies
- increase the share of wind power onto the grid

B) better understanding of wind energy in cold climates
- knowledge of the regional geographical diversity

C) create tools beneficial for sustainable development of wind power
- future designs of wind turbine blades
- advances in passive ice accretion materials and airfoil designs = energy profitability
- noise modeling software for estimating wind turbine acoustics
- virtual reality process to be used as a public educational aid = better public understanding