WindEurope Research & Innovation Quarterly Newsletter Q3 2020

News from WindEurope projects



The project has developed an automatised mooring design optimisation tool. It couples OrcaFlex and ISIGHT software, allowing testing for a large variety of mooring designs. The tools find the most cost-effective design to address e.g. floater motions and accelerations, lines and anchor tensions. It’s been successfully applied for the Windcrete and ActiveFloat floaters in the West of Barra, Gran Canaria and Morro Bay sites.

The Corewind team is also working on recommendations to optimise O&M strategies and installation techniques for futre commercial floating wind farms. Its preliminary findings include: 

  • Establishment of a “good neighbourhood” communication is essential for reducing conflicts during the operation phase with other stakeholders (e.g. fishing industry);
  • The walk-to-work system is the most promising technique to overcome the relative motions between floater and vessel and to accomplish a safe access. 

For more information contact: Sabina or visit the Corewind website.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimization for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.

Wind Harmony

wind harmony

Wind Harmony is producing roadmaps for the industry and other stakeholders on proposed changes towards a European harmonisation on Health and Safety with recommendations for 7 areas: 

  • Training;
  • Electrical, mechanical and other hazardous areas;
  • Wind turbine safety design standards;
  • Fitness to work and medical examinations;
  • Emergency planning and response;
  • Critical safety information sharing;
  • Common approach to regulation and enforcement

Harmonisation would not only reduce complexity, risks and costs, but also allow for a truly global wind industry.

The project has two online best practice events coming up on. The first event, which will focus on Poland will take place on 13 October. The second will take place on 27 October and will focus on Denmark. The objective of these interactive webinars is to share best practices in health, safety and potential areas for harmonisation. 

To register to the free online events, please visit this web page.

For more information contact Sabina Potestio.

About WindHarmony: The Wind Harmony project looks at health and safety (H&S) regulations and related standards impacting onshore and offshore wind energy across in Europe. It assesses and prioritises their potential for harmonisation or other type of intervention at European level.


ETIPWind latest “Floating Offshore WInd: delivering climate neutrality” gives a graphic overview of the state-of-the-art floating offshore wind technology and the measures needed for commercialisation. It spells out the sector’s R&I recommendations allowing Europe to take the lead in a vast and untapped global market, as well as supporting European competitiveness. See it here.

The ETIPWind workshop on “Research & Innovation to deliver 450 GW of offshore wind” is now available online. The workshop was in collaboration with the EERA JP Wind and SETWind Annual Event 2020. Industry experts and researchers discussed the technology pathways to deliver 450 GW of offshore wind in Europe. Together with the participants they identified how to scale-up offshore technology and how to successfully install and manage these large volumes of offshore wind. See the video here

For more information, contact Alexander Vandenberghe.

Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

EU Recovery Plan

In July, Member States reached an agreement on an exceptional Recovery Strategy to counter the economic impacts of COVID-19. The total recovery package amounts to €1.82 trillion. It combines a €1.074 trillion proposal for the EU’s seven-year budget for 2021 to 2027 and an unprecedented recovery fund – Next Generation EU – worth €750 bn. The biggest single component of Next Generation EU will be the Recovery & Resilience Facility, worth €672.5 bn.

The Strategy recognises that “the renewable energy sector will be hit hard”. It singles out renewables as a priority, and commits to “rolling out renewable energy projects, especially wind, solar and clean hydrogen”. If properly implemented, the Recovery Strategy could be accelerate the European Green Deal. The budget will be allocated through both grants and loans. 

The consultancy EY has identified 1,000 green projects which will support the EU’s Recovery Plan. The summary report highlights required investments to be €200 billion. Onshore and offshore wind projects are also featured on the list. The list of projects illustrates the huge project pipeline that exists across all European countries which could ensure a green and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis. EY says the entire EU pipeline of green projects could be as high as €1 trillion. 

For rolling updates on the instruments and budget, please visit our WindEurope website

If you have a project that wants to benefit from funding, contact Sabina Potestio.

The European Green Deal

The European Commission has opened a call for R&I projects, with a €1 billion budget under Horizon 2020, to help the EU deliver on the Green Deal. The call has an exclusive focus on projects that have clear impacts in the short to medium-term (more focus on innovation than research). 

The call dedicates €68 million to support offshore renewables and system integration. Offshore energy includes wind (bottom-fixed and floating), ocean energy and floating PV. Offshore projects must cover innovation in power generation technologies and may include new solutions to grid infrastructure and power transmission. 

In addition, there are:

  • €18 million for renewable heat solutions (could be for electrifying district heating); 
  • €60 million to demonstrate a 100 MW hydrogen electrolyser;
  • €40 million to support deployment of renewables in Africa; and
  • €80 million to decarbonise industrial processes (possibilities for direct electrification).

Projects can apply for up to €35 million in support, we will see at least two projects funded.

The call will support:

  • Pilot applications, demonstration projects and innovative products;
  • Innovation for better governance of the green and digital transition;
  • Social and value chain innovation.

The deadline to apply for projects will be 26 January. Projects would start in Autumn 2021. On 22 October, we will be discussing the priorities and rules for applicants in a WindEurope Sofa Talk together with the European Commission. 

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund’s first call for proposals has been published. The Innovation Fund is one of the largest EU funding programmes for the demonstrating the contribution of innovative low-carbon technologies to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is responsible for implementing the calls, and provides extensive information and instructions for applicants on their website.

The call for proposals targets innovative renewables and energy storage technologies, and projects are selected according to these criteria:

  • Effectiveness of greenhouse gas emissions avoidance;
  • Degree of innovation;
  • Project maturity;
  • Scalability;
  • Cost efficiency.

WindEurope strongly encourages its members to apply for funding of innovative projects in the area of wind energy. This includes projects that link wind energy to electrification or the production of renewable hydrogen. Floating wind projects, or hybrid projects, combining wind energy production with storage solutions or solar power production could also fall under the funding criteria.

The maximum co-financing rate is 60%. For large-scale projects, the application process is in two phases: expression of interest and full application. For small-scale projects, the application process will consist of just one stage. The first call is dedicated to large-scale projects.

More info here

Electric City 2021 Innovation Park

Electric City 2021 Innovation Park

Are you part of a European or national research project and you want to promote it? Would you like to attract new partners and disseminate your results? Look no further – we have the perfect solution for you. WindEurope’s Innovation Park is a pavilion designed to promote projects’ research and findings, and will feature at Electric City 2021 in Copenhagen (27-29 April). The goal of the pavilion is to provide high-profile visibility on the exhibition floor to projects, giving partners access to greater publicity and networking opportunities.

Benefits include:

  • Your own exhibition space;
  • A speaking slot on the Innovation Park stage;
  • A printed logo on your exhibition space;
  • Entry in the exhibitor list;
  • Social media coverage;
  • 2 Exhibitor staff passes (lunch included).

For more information, contact Tanguy Grandjean.



The fifth and final MaRINET2 call has opened for free offshore renewables testing. The call is open to offshore energy technology developers who are looking to test their device or components. The winning projects will have access to a world-leading network of testing and testing infrastructure in Europe.

The application deadline is 16 October, and a webinar recording helping candidates with their application and in updating others on the process is available on the project website.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)


The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has launched a call to boost Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). The call aims to support Member States in setting up maritime spatial plans, and to ensure the plans are coherent and coordinated across relevant marine regions.

The Maritime Spatial Planning call is divided into two distinct topics:

EMFF-MSP-01-2020: Reserved for applicants from at least two coastal Member States bordering the targeted sea basins/marine regions, i.e. the North Sea and/or the Baltic Sea.
EMFF-MSP-02-2020: Reserved for applicants from at least one coastal Member State responsible for MSP in the concerned EU Outermost region(s). 

The application deadline is 10 November.

For more information contact Sabina Potestio.

European Research & Innovation Days

European Research & Innovation Days

The European Commission’s annual flagship event focusing on Research & Innovation (R&I) brought together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public for 3 days of intense policy co-designing, panels and matchmaking opportunities.

The fully virtual event included interactive sessions and gave participants the opportunity to provide input on how R&I policy and funding can help pave the way for a green, digital and resilient future.

The event featured a policy conference with several plenary sessions, covering a wide range of topics on R&I. These include:

  • Shaping future R&I policy;
  • Fair and just transition in the Green Deal;
  • Digitalisation;
  • EU funding;
  • Synergies between EU and other funding programmes;
  • International cooperation.

More information available here.

Watch online: webinar on how floating offshore wind can help Europe go climate-neutral

Floating offshore wind has a huge potential which remains largely unexploited. Massive amounts of wind resources exist in deep waters (+60m) where an estimated potential capacity of 4000 GW could be installed. This would open the door to offshore wind installations for countries such as Norway, Spain or Portugal.

One of the main drawbacks hindering floating offshore wind expansion is cost. This technology is still relatively expensive with a LCOE well above bottom fix technology. Innovative responses to key challenges on mooring and anchoring technology, power cables interconnection and O&M strategies are essential to pave the way for cost-competitive floating offshore wind.

This workshop-style webinar explored some of the solutions to these challenges together with experts, practitioners and captains of industry with insights from the COREWIND project (COst REduction and Increase Performance of floating WIND technology).

Download the webinar presentation slides:

  • Introduction to COREWIND
  • Definition of the IEA 15 MW wind turbine and its use in COREWIND
  • Coupled analysis and optimization strategies for FOWT mooring and dynamic cable design
  • Pathway to cost reduction in floating wind technology
  • The role of offshore wind in the European Green Deal
  • Watch the full webinar here:


    Join our webinar and learn about the latest innovations in floating offshore wind!

    Date: Tuesday, 21 April, 15:00-16:00 CEST

    Floating offshore wind has a huge potential which remains largely unexploited. Massive amounts of wind resources exist in deep waters (+60m) where an estimated potential capacity of 4000 GW could be installed. This would open the door to offshore wind installations for countries such as Norway, Spain or Portugal. One of the main drawbacks hindering floating offshore wind expansion is cost.

    This technology is still relatively expensive with a LCOE well above bottom fix technology. Innovative responses to key challenges on mooring and anchoring technology, power cables interconnection and O&M strategies are essential to pave the way for cost-competitive floating offshore wind.

    This workshop-style webinar will explore some of the solutions to these challenges together with experts, practitioners and captains of industry with insights from the COREWIND project (COst REduction and Increase Performance of floating WIND technology).

    Click here to register.

    See the full agenda here.


    WindEurope Research & Innovation Quarterly Newsletter – Q1 2020

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    February 2020

    News from WindEurope projects

    The Corewind project will hold its first public workshop in Marseille on 21 April at Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT) 2020, the largest event dedicated to floating offshore wind. WindEurope and partners will present the results of the initial studies and will discuss with industry how to progress on the development of floating systems.

    Could you support us with your knowledge and expertise?

    Get in touch with Sabina Potestio and we will set up an interview!

    About Corewind: The Corewind project, focusing on the development of innovative and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind, is now working on the state-of-the-art of mooring, anchoring and dynamic cables system designs. This will ensure that innovations developed in the project will account for current industry practices and latest know-how.

    The SIMULWIND project came to an end in December 2019. The final version of the simulator is available on the project website. Moreover, the website hosts a users’ platform to exchange ideas and experiences over the tool.

    About SIMULWIND: This was an ambitious European-funded project (ERASMUS + programme) which developed a virtual reality (VR) maintenance simulator for training operation and maintenance (O&M) professionals. The simulator is a customisable and adaptable tool that can be adapted to the various training needs and types of wind turbines.

    ETIPWind, the European Technology and Innovation Platform for wind, launched its Roadmap during WindEurope’s Offshore 2019 event in Copenhagen. The report provides technology solutions and research priorities that will drive the development of wind energy and help reduce costs across the supply chain. It is available on the website as a pdf or in an interactive format.

    About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.

    The first WindHarmony results are available in a database which gathers up to date information on administrative procedures, legislation and standards and certification procedures on health and safety for wind available in EU 28. The database is open to everyone free of charge.

    The project is now planning the last two public workshops to validate topics for potential harmonisation and identify intervention for each of the health and safety topics, which may include harmonisation or standardisation at the European level. This is a significant moment for the industry to improve the health and safety performance of wind energy and influence the European Commission’s future priorities in this field. The first workshop is planned for 13 March 2020 in Paris.

    Dont miss the 3rd workshop of the ‘Wind Harmony’ study:
    The workshop takes place on Friday 13 March starting at 9:30 in the Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre. Further details are available in the detailed agenda. Please register here.

    For more information on the project and on how to get involved, please contact Dorina Iuga.

    About WindHarmony: The WindHarmony project looks at health and safety (H&S) regulations and related standards impacting onshore and offshore wind energy across in Europe. It assesses and prioritises their potential for harmonisation or other type of intervention at European level.

    Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

    In November, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund launched a new call to support the sustainable development of blue economy SMEs across the European Union. Under the Blue Economy Window call, SMEs can apply as single entities or consortia. The overall budget is €22.5 million.

    Application deadline: 27 February 2020.

    In December, the European Commission opened six energy-related calls for proposals under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme. A total of €83 million of EU funding is available. The detail on these calls and their focus are available in the WindEurope Members’ Area.

    Proposal deadline: 21 April 2020.

    The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the key EU funding instrument that targets infrastructure investment at European level. Since 2014 it has been supporting cross-border transmission and storage projects for electricity, natural gas and CO2. The projects supported under the CEF are known as Project of Common interest (PCIs). PCIs get grants for construction and a special status to accelerate the consenting and permitting process.

    For the next programming period 2021-2027 there is a political agreement to include a new window under CEF Energy for cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy generation. A total of 15% of the final CEF energy budget is earmarked for the initiative subject to market uptake.

    Provided that they prove Member State cooperation and EU added value, the following types of project (in the form of studies or works) are eligible for funding:

    • Individual project with physical cross-border impact (e.g. dispatchable power in country A reducing grid congestion in country B);
    • Individual project with no physical cross-border impact (e.g. two distant countries jointly financing a wind park via cooperation mechanism);
    • Multiple projects which might not necessarily have a physical cross-border impact (e.g. joint support scheme usually in connection with a statistical transfer).

    Furthermore, the CEF agreement strengthens the provisions on synergy actions combining investments across sectors (energy, transport, digital). As of 2021, specific synergy work programmes can be established. The necessity to constitute a priority action on both ends will be replaced by provisions that allow a project eligible for CEF in one sector to be combined with an investment of up to 20% of eligible costs in another sector. This should allow the revised CEF to support sector integration.

    The European Commission is now collecting concrete project ideas for the first call, which is planned in 2021. WindEurope is organising the input of the wind industry for the European Commission. If you have a project that meets the above-mentioned conditions and is seeking economic support, please get in touch with Sabina Potestio.

    For the 2021-2027 programming period, the LIFE programme will be supporting the market uptake of clean energy solutions via a new sub-programme – Clean energy transition. Previously the funding for market uptake initiatives was under Horizon 2020. The provisional budget for the new sub-programme is €1bn.

    The overarching objective of the Clean energy transition sub-programme is building capacity to create the right market and regulatory conditions for the energy transition. The scope includes both renewable energy and energy efficiency.
    The European Commission is now fine-tuning the preparation of the consultation that should be launched beginning of February here. The consultation will allow potential beneficiaries to have a say on the design of the funding mechanism.

    The Innovation Fund, the key EU funding programme for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, will be issuing its first call for projects this year. The final design of the funding scheme is still underway:

    • The definition of the selection criteria has almost been completed. The Innovation Fund Delegated Regulation lists the elements for projects to access funding;
    • The European Commission will run expert workshops to further detail the selection criteria of projects. These will focus on the methodology definition of GHG emission avoidance (5-6 February) and the relevant costs definition to be covered by the Innovation Fund (2nd week of March);
    • The European Commission is gathering data about potential projects.
    • WindEurope has been coordinating the input from members regarding potential projects and technologies that could be eligible for funding. If you are interested in knowing more, or have projects that you would like to promote, please get in touch with Sabina Potestio.

    The European Commission unveiled the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, the financial pillar of the European Green Deal. The EU aims to mobilise €1 trillion in investments over the next 10 years to support the transition towards climate neutrality by 2050 through various financial instruments: InvestEU, the Just Transition Mechanism, the ETS Funds (Innovation and Modernisation Funds), national funding and the European Investment Bank.

    The Just Transition Mechanism will mobilise €100 billion over the period 2021 to 2027 to help fossil-fuel intensive regions transition towards sustainable technologies.  It leans on 3 pillars: a Just Transition Fund; a guarantee scheme under the InvestEU programme relying on private investments; and a public loan facility formed of EU budget and European Investment Bank loans for local and regional authorities.

    The Just Transition Fund will receive €7.5 billion of EU funds. Member States are to define eligible regions through dedicated territorial just transition plans. They will have to match each euro from the Just Transition Fund with a minimum of €1.5 and a maximum of €3 from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund, and provide additional national co-financing according to cohesion policy rules. It will mostly support workers to develop skills and competences for the job market of the future and help SMEs, start-ups and incubators to create new economic opportunities in these regions. The money will be accessible at national level as from 2021, once the regions and plans are defined in agreement with the European Commission.

    The Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe is an ambitious €94.1 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020. It will focus on three pillars: excellent science, global challenges, and European industrial competitiveness and innovative Europe.
    The EU’s long-term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework, is under negotiation. Regarding Horizon Europe, the Finnish presidency in 2019 proposed a 2.98% cut, resulting in a budget of €84,013 billion.

    For more information contact Sabina or Dorina.

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    WindEurope Research & Innovation Quarterly Newsletter – Q4 2019

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    October 2019

    News from WindEurope projects

    Launched in September 2019 COREWIND (COst REduction and increase performance of floating WIND technology) is a Horizon2020 project which aims to achieve cost reduction of offshore floating wind technology (15% LCOE reduction) by optimizing two components: mooring systems (including anchors) and power dynamic cables.

    The kick-off meeting, which took place at the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) offices on the 2-3 of September, gathered all the partners and the European Commission. The partners outlined the work they will be carrying out. The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) will be leading the consortium composed of industry and academia. These include the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), RAMBOLL, INNOSEA, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Equinor, JDR cable systems, Polytechnic of Milan (POLIMI), University of Stuttgart (USTUTT), UL International GMBH, WindEurope, Cobra and Environmental Hydraulics Institute of Cantabria (IHCantabria).

    The project will last 42 months and it will contribute to the achievement of EU goals on strengthening of EU leadership in renewables by reducing costs. This is achieved by developing the next generation of floating offshore wind, making it a key player in the power generation sector.

    The ETIPWind fact-sheet on blade recycling: “How Wind Is Going Circular” is now available. This short publication provides a graphic overview of the main technologies for recycling composite materials and spells out the sector’s research and innovation recommendation for material development and recycling. See it here.

    ETIPWind and SETWind will organise a joint conference session at WindEurope Offshore 2019. The session “Research and innovation: the outlook for offshore wind” will take place on Wednesday 27 November and will cover the next big innovations and technology developments in the wind energy sector. See more.

    Launched in May 2019 the Wind Harmony study examines the potential alignment of health and safety standards – covering both onshore and offshore wind sites – from construction, operation, and maintenance, to decommissioning.

    You are invited to the first Wind Harmony workshop on 22 October. The workshop will assess the opportunities and challenges to facilitating the harmonization and alignment of safe, cost – effective and responsible health and safety across the wind industry. You can find further information in the detailed agenda.  The following workshop will take place in Copenhagen on 28 November at the WindEurope Offshore Conference 2019.

    Please register here for the workshop on 22 October. For more information, contact Dorina Iuga at [email protected]

    Launched in December 2017 SIMULWIND aims to develop a Wind Turbine Generator maintenance simulator. It will be used in the training of operation and maintenance workers. The project will end this December.

    You are invited to the final project event, which will take place in Copenhagen on 28 November at the WindEurope Offshore Conference 2019. You will see the final virtual reality-training tool and take part in a debate on the virtual/online training tools in training Operation and Maintenance professionals for the wind industry. For more information, contact Dorina Iuga at [email protected]

    Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

    On 17 of October WindEurope is organising a free webinar for its members with speakers from the European Commission providing an overview of upcoming H2020 calls for wind and opportunities within the Connecting Europe Facility programme. WindEurope advisors on EU funding will give you a brief introduction to available services for members to access EU funding.

    • To register see here.
    • To see the related upcoming calls please visit our members’ area here.

    WindEurope participated in the recent Research & Innovation Days in Brussels (24-26 September) organised by the European Commission. The event brought together 3,000 people from industry, research and Government to debate and shape the future of research & innovation policy and the EU’s new €100bn research programme, Horizon Europe.

    Horizon Europe, the successor of the Horizon2020 programme, will be built on ‘missions’. These missions will focus on societal challenges and issues that impact citizens’ life, including climate adaptation and climate-neutral cities.

    Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Science, Research & Innovation) and Mariana Mazzucato, the influential economist behind the missions-approach, underlined the importance of Horizon Europe in accelerating the ‘just transition’ by allowing for new types of collaboration between public and private actors and leveraging other forms of investment.

    Technological leadership in renewables, energy storage, transport decarbonisation, high-performance materials, exchange of intelligence, skills development and social sciences were said to be the ingredients enabling carbon neutrality and R&I policy should, therefore, invest in these. As for renewable technologies, the European Commission spoke about more support for the whole value chain and local, decentralised solutions with skills that help technologies to get to market.

    An important change for Horizon Europe will be that funding will not be earmarked for specific sectors but will instead be allocated to projects based on their impact. Those submitting project proposals will have to prove that their technologies will have a positive impact. This equates to both a challenge and an opportunity for the wind industry to submit the best project proposals.

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