Register to the EERA JP Wind & SETWind Workshop on Lighthouse Initiatives!
5th & 6th of May, 2021 – webinar
Following an extensive consultation process with the stakeholder community in the SETWind project, the implementation working group recommends a concerted effort towards two lighthouse initiatives for offshore wind energy. The lighthouse initiatives address two areas:
- Floating offshore wind technology to make floating offshore wind cost competitive.
- Integration of large-scale offshore wind energy to enable the future reliable operation and zero emission of the power system.
The term “lighthouse initiative” refers to a visionary, science-driven large-scale initiative with significant budget (tens of millions of Euros) and duration (5 years or more) that will address grand scientific and technical challenges that are crucial for the further advancement of offshore wind energy, providing new knowledge and basis for innovation.
Fundamental research questions need to be addressed to enable the development of wind energy to its full potential. Here there lighthouse initiative draw on three grand scientific challenges described in a recent article in Science by a group of highly acclaimed wind energy experts. The challenges are:
- Improved understanding of atmospheric and wind power plant flow physics.
- The interaction between aerodynamics, structural dynamics and hydrodynamics of enlarged floating wind turbines.
- Systems science for integration of wind power plants into the future electricity grid. An attractive and impactful lighthouse initiative will build on
Workshops on MAY 5th and 6th to describe the scientific challenges that are addressed in the lighthouse initiatives
The science and engineering challenges are well documented and these include a long list of topics. In the workshops a selection will be made to constitute a lighthouse research project complemented with important topics that need to be addressed as well. To support the wider capacity building for innovation in Europe, the lighthouse initiatives should mainly focus on lower TRL research up towards qualification in laboratory scale.