Wind energy conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering a conference in Brussels on 7 November 2018 on wind energy research and development.

The free to attend conference will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Wind Energy R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of wind energy technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

Reasons for attendance

  • Influence the recommendations to increase future wind energy R&D impacts
  • Gain a greater understanding of past and future research, trends and best practice for wind energy
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  • An opportunity to network with wind energy experts from across the EU
  • To learn about best practice for shaping and implementing R&D projects to maximise their impact

Who should attend

  • Past and present wind energy research project coordinators
  • Academic institutes
  • National energy policy makers 
  • Private sector organisations implementing wind energy or related technologies
  • Investors interested in wind energy research and technology


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration opens  
09:30 Opening address Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit 'Renewable Energy Sources'​ (European Commission, DG RTD)
09:40 Agenda and practicalities Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
09:45 Project introduction Onne Hoogland, Senior Consultant (Trinomics)
10:00 Wind energy R&D: Study findings Tine Boon, Product Manager Renewable Energy Manager (TRACTEBEL)
10:30 Wind energy R&D: A technological perspective Thomas Telsnig, Scientific / Technical Project Officer (The Joint Research Centre)
11:00 Break  
11:20 Wind energy R&D: Impacts of EU funded projects (project examples / case studies and best practice)  
  NORSEWInD was designed to provide a wind resource map covering the Baltic, Irish and North Sea areas. The project acquired highly accurate, cost effective, physical data using a combination of traditional Meteorological masts, ground based remote sensing instruments (LiDAR & SoDAR) and Satellite acquired SAR winds. Andy Oldroyd, Managing Director (Oldbaum Services)
  INNWIND.EU focused on the development of high performance innovative design of a beyond-state-of-the-art 10-20MW offshore wind turbine and hardware demonstrators of some of the critical components.  Anand Natarajan, Senior Scientist (Technical University of Denmark)
  DEMOWFLOAT designed, fabricated and installed the WindFloat unit, demonstrating long-term performance capabilities of a floating offshore wind system. Filip Meuleman, Technical Director (WindPlus) 
  LEANWIND provided cost reductions across the Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) lifecycle and supply-chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state-of-the-art technologies and tools.
Rachel Chester, Research Assistant, (Univeristy College Cork)
11:55 Interactive session: What are the main R&D impacts according to you? All
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Introduction to afternoon programme Koen Rademaekers
13:35 Maximising the impact of EU wind energy R&D projects : Keynote speech and questions and answers session Aidan Cronin, Chair (ETIPWind)
14:00 Maximization of EU R&D impacts and effectiveness – A future perspective : Keynote speech and questions and answers session Lars Bruun, International Project Manager Wind (TRACTEBEL)
14:25 Maximising the impact of EU wind energy R&D projects: Moderated panel discussion Koen Rademaekers (Moderator, Trinomics), Aidan Cronin (WindEurope), Lars Bruun, International Project Manager Wind (TRACTEBEL), Nuno Quental (European Commission), Stephan Barth (EERA JP Wind)
15:25 Questions from the audience to the panel All
15:45 Wrap-up and conclusions Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
15:55 Informal networking and coffee  
>15:55 Bilateral meetings with attendees  


Key information:

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018

Location: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Cost: Free

Organisers: Trinomics, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT, Tractebel and Ricardo on behalf of the European Commission

If you have any questions regarding the conference, then please email

Registration is now closed.