UiT Project (WindCoE) Wins the ‘Arctic Award 2018’
Winners of the Arctic Awards project competition were announced in Brussels, 9th October 2018 in Scotland House, Brussels. UiT project ‘WindCoE’ funded by Interreg Botnia-Atlantica & Nordland Fylkeskommune won the Arctic Award 2018 in category of ‘Cold Climate Opportunities’. Professor Muhammad Virk of UiT along his team managed this project from the Norwegian side.
This Arctic award has been designed to highlight exceptional projects focusing on topics of particular relevance to the Arctic area. The competition was open to projects funded by the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme, Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Interreg Nord and Kolarctic CBC programmes, and for the first time the Karelia CBC programme. The competition is part of the Arctic Cooperation, a collaboration between the five EU cooperation programmes, coordinated by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.The Judging Panel was made up of representatives from the programmes Northern Periphery & Arctic, Interreg Botnia-Atlantic, and Interreg Nord. The announcement of the 2018 category winners took place during the award ceremony planned following the European Week of Regions and Cities seminar “Sustainable development of the Arctic region to the benefit of all of Europe” on 9th October at 16.00 in Scotland House, Brussels, Belgium. Professor Muhammad Virk from UiT (NO) along Mr. Kendal Rutledge from NOVIA (FI) received this award in Brussels.
The aim of WindCoW project was to establish a competence center within wind power in a cold climate. The center will address questions like handling ice accretion as well as analyzing noise and wind resources. With the developed competence center, it is possible to deal with wind energy issues in cold climates from a multidisciplinary perspective and work on these issues will facilitate the sustainable development of wind power in the Nordic countries. The WindCoE project was implemented within the years 2015 to 2018 in the three BA countries and as a result, the continuation of the “Center of Expertise” has started. While much of the project content focused on research concerned with wind energy issues, the overarching goal was to create a long lasting center of excellence, bringing together industry, society and government to a platform where more constructive discussions regarding wind power could take place. By improving the conditions for this societal debate the project intends to improve the prospects for the development of the wind energy industry in the region. Professor Muhammad Virk along his research team members; JiaYi Jin; Rizwan Ghani; Pavlo Sokolov; Umer Shohail & Edison H Caicedo carried out research activities on this project from Norwegian side.
WinndCoE Partners: Novia University of Applied Sciences (FI), UiT- The Arctic University of Norway (NO), Luleå University of Technology (SE), Umeå University (SE), University of Vaasa (FI), Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (FI), University Consortium of Seinäjoki (FI).