Vestas opens new wind R&D and design center in Portugal

Vestas is opening an engineering design and R&D center in Porto, Portugal, to further strengthen its global setup, underlining its industry investments in wind research and development. The center will be responsible for developing core technology for Vestas’ product portfolio.

The center is part of Vestas’ R&D organization, intended to expand the company’s global reach, which already has sites in the UK, Norway, Germany, India, and the company headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark.

Vestas has begun recruiting for the new R&D center, which is expected to employ at least 80 people by the end of 2017 and several 100 engineers when fully ramped up in 2020.

Vestas has begun recruiting for the new R&D center. The Porto area offers access to a breadth of skills in areas that Vestas is looking to recruit, namely electrical, mechanical, and software engineering.

The proximity to leading universities and other research institutions of a high standard is key to choosing Porto and Portugal.

“Vestas already leads the industry in R&D investments and by establishing an additional engineering design centre, we strengthen our R&D capabilities through the broad pool of talent available in the Porto region,” said Executive VP and CTO Anders Vedel of Vestas.

“Vestas’ product portfolio covers all wind classes across the world and with this investment we underline our technology leadership and ambition to lower the cost of energy faster than anyone in wind energy.”

The engineering design centre will work as an independent hub, driving the development of systems for Vestas’ global product portfolio. The centre will thus foster cross-disciplinary and personal development in a project-oriented and international organization that makes a positive impact by changing the world’s energy mix.

Vestas is currently evaluating different locations in the Porto region to set up the Centre. Until a more permanent location is found and becomes available, Vestas will be operating from offices at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto.

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