The UK now has more offshore wind installed capacity than any other country in the world and our research is helping to ensure this sector is efficient and cost effective.
The Wind Energy Group at Durham University is recognised as a leading academic wind energy research group in UK and globally, particularly within offshore wind energy.
Our research spans all aspects of wind energy from the design of turbine blades and foundations, cable installation, power electronics, the reliability and condition monitoring of wind turbines, how turbines interact within wind fields and with the environment, as well as the wider supply chain and regulatory contexts of wind farms.
The research group involves researchers from several of the University’s Departments including Engineering, Business School, Computer Science and Social Sciences.
Partnerships with Industry
We have strong research links with the Wind Energy Industry including a long-standing strategic partnership with the leading Offshore Wind Developer Ørsted - who have funded a Chair in Renewable Energy based in the Engineering Department since 2011.
We provide education, research and facilities that can support the offshore wind sector to reduce the costs and increase the efficiency and reliability of wind energy. Our research and training spans all aspects of wind energy from civil, electrical and mechanical component and system development and monitoring, through to energy systems integration including hydrogen storage.
State of the art research facilities.
Our state of the art facilities include Energy Conversion and Drivetrain, Wind Tunnel Array, Thermochemical Systems, Zero-Carbon Energy Systems, Hydrogen and Smart Grids laboratories which provide researchers and industry partners’ access to the latest research and analysis facilities.
Key research focus areas
Operations & Maintenance
Structures & Geotechnics
Foundations and Anchors
Array Connection Topologies
Blade Fatigue Testing
Prototype Turbine Geometries
Integration and interaction with power grid and energy storage