Vestas Wind Systems recently opened its largest research facility outside its home country, Denmark. The centre in Singapore is Vesta’s fifth R&D facility in the world and it expects to triple the number of research scientists and engineers it has here to 300 by 2012.
The Singapore centre will focus on research areas like material science and software development, and collaborate with public and private institutions.
It is already collaborating closely with two local universities – Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) – and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and is exploring further collaborations with institutions, particularly those which have expertise in the aerospace, marine and precision engineering sectors.
With strong global interest in clean energy, Singapore Polytechnic has launched a renewable energy course this year – building on its research into wind energy that began over 10 years ago.