Vestas Wind Systems AS (Randers, Denmark) has officially inaugurated its Technology Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Beijing, China. This is the first dedicated wind energy R&D center set up by an international player in China.
The facility will work on high-voltage engineering, aerodynamics, material development and software development. With a planned total investment of $50 million (USD) over five years, Vestas Technology R&D Centre China will double the staff from 100 by the end of 2010 to more than 200 engineers and technology specialists in 2012.
"As an integrated part of our global innovation network, Vestas Technology R&D Centre China will fully maximize the talent and experience we have in China, incubate innovative solutions with local engineering talents, and build stronger connections between the Chinese and global wind energy industries by sharing knowledge and experience with counterparts in other centres around the world," said Finn Strom Madsen, president of Vestas Technology R&D.
Jens Tommerup, president of Vestas China, said the opening of the Vestas Technology R&D Centre China supports the Chinese government's vision of China evolving from manufacturing to innovation, and is a natural step in Vestas' development.
"China has a unique environment by virtue of its nature and geography, its rapid economic growth and ambitious wind energy policies. Thus, Vestas regards China as one of the most important markets and wants to follow its development closely and actively interact with industry stakeholders," said Tommerup. He added, "Vestas China Technology R&D Centre represents our intention to bring the best of our knowledge to China and is a major step in Vestas' continuous commitment to its development. It is our intent to use this Technology Centre as a platform for future partnerships in China and internationally."