Project info

The European Innovative Training Network (ITN)


“Efficient Harvesting of the Wind Energy”


AEOLUS4FUTURE a unique Innovative Training Network


Wind energy is considered one of the most promising renewable energy resources and energy generation technologies relying on wind energy are currently flourishing under the EU ambitious plan for 2020. The primary research aim of the project is to develop a sustainable WES for variety of EU needs. In the development of such a system there are a number of detailed scientific and technical issues that will be addressed by the project starting from identifying the wind energy potential (off-shore and on-shore, including the built environment) to the design of a sustainable and highly efficient WES. Also the new challenging load conditions imposed on wind farms located on places where existing type of wind turbine towers are not suitable require the development of new types of support structures for wind energy converters. This fosters new structural concepts taking advantage of high performance materials e.g. high strength steel and novel maintenance-free fasteners.

Market demands to prepare a generation of researchers within the EU that are able to face the challenge of fulfilling the EU ambitious plan, to sustain the generation of wind energy and to innovate and promote wind energy systems (WES) for the future needs, are of main concern in the AEOLUS4FUTURE. The project has a major training aim to create experts with the technical background who will be able to lead the necessary industrial developments in the WES, and have a broad overview of a new and emerging multi-disciplinary field. AEOLUS4FUTURE recruited 15 young scientists and engineers world-wide to obtain high-level training in various technical aspects, to gain an overall understanding of the WES and to create possibilities for an extraordinary career. The candidates receive extensive training at their host institutions, secondment institutions and within the specific AEOLUS4FUTURE training activities.

The Network
The project is unique in bringing together research groups of various scientific backgrounds to collaborate on one of the EU research priorities that will keep and maintain the European position of leading the world in reducing the CO2 emission and promoting clean sources of energy and generating costs savings to E28 countries of more than 400 million Euro per year.
This project is coordinated by the division of steel structures at Luleå University of Technology. The network consists of ten institutions in seven different countries.

The following beneficiaries will be supported by 3,8 mil Euro for a period of 4 years:
• Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden (LTU) – (Coordinating Institution)
• University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom (UoB)
• University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal (UC)
• University of Florence, Florence, Italy (UniFi)
• Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands (TUE)
• von Karman Institute, Rhode Saint Genese, Belgium (VKI)
• Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany (RUB)
• Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany (LUH)
• Siemens Industry Software NV, Leuven, Belgium (SISW)
• Senvion GmbH, Hamburg, Germany (SENVION)

AEOLUS4FUTURE has also five partner organizations in five different countries:
• University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
• Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia
• ANSYS, Inc., France
• Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services GmbH, Germany

Coordinator: Ove Lagerqvist (LTU)
Deputy Coordinator: Paula Martinez (SISW)
Network administrator: Karin Habermehl-Cwirzen (LTU)


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