Representatives of wind energy company Vestas Wind Systems AS (Randers, Denmark) and aerospace manufacturer The Boeing Co. (Seattle, Wash.) have confirmed that the two industry giants will explore and collaborate on European and U.S. technology research projects in areas such as aerodynamics, structural health monitoring, composite materials fabrication processes and design and analysis, in a program designed to further the development of environmentally progressive technologies. Both companies say they are committed to developing solutions to help their respective customers reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and waste. During 2009, researchers from both companies will identify potential joint projects that will be mutually beneficial.
“One of our major objectives at Boeing is to continue producing commercial airplanes that are much more efficient and environmentally progressive,” says Jan Närlinge, president of Boeing Northern Europe. “We are always looking for aerodynamic advancements to increase fuel efficiency, as well as ways to improve the overall performance of the in-service fleet.” Noting the strong correlation between technology needs in the aerospace industry and the wind energy business, Närlinge contends that “by pooling our research and development efforts on specific projects, both Boeing and Vestas will benefit.”