Vestas opens Singapore R&D center

The wind energy research facility will be the company's biggest outside of Denmark.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Randers, Denmark) announced on Nov. 3 that it has opened its regional research and development (R&D) hub for Asia at Fusionopolis, Singapore, one of its largest R&D centers outside Denmark. This marks the first milestone of the company’s 10-year plan to invest up to S$500 million in Singapore to advance research in wind power technologies in light of the world’s growing energy challenge.
 
Located at Singapore's newly launched Fusionopolis – an iconic science and technology powerhouse that brings scientists, engineers and technology experts from public research institutions and the private sectors under one roof – Vestas’ regional R&D hub will embrace high-quality technology research, new component and sub-system development, as well as innovation in product development to maximize wind turbine performance, product reliability, and reduction in wind energy cost.  
 
Having begun operations here in the second half of 2007, Vestas Technology R&D has established three local Master Research Agreements with Singapore varsities, namely Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).  In addition, two regional Master collaboration agreements have also been inked with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and the Cooperative Research Council (CRC) based in Melbourne, Australia. These range from working with NTU on advance composites development, NUS on material fatigue studies, CRC on applied research in sensor technology, as well as further research and development programmes underway.
 
Come December 2008, this R&D facility will house more than 100 researchers and engineers holding PhDs and Engineering Masters from 16 nationalities.