The Research Network was established in 2020, and serves as a national forum for technical wind energy R&D specifically focused on the needs of Canadian stakeholders. The objectives of the Research Network are to accelerate the uptake and impact of research products and ensure that industry and government have an active role in shaping research direction. The Research Network membership includes representatives from Canadian universities, independent research organizations, industry, and government. The Research Network is interested in all stages of wind energy research, from fundamental to applied, and believes that collaboration will result in the high level of innovation that is required to advance the energy industry.
The Research Network holds at least one meeting per year. The network was kicked off with the Spring 2021 meeting (see the 2021 Program) and was continued with second meeting in the Spring of 2022 (2022 Program). Members of the research network share their current and planned research activities or research needs, and actively look for opportunities for collaboration with other members. Members with intersecting areas of interest are encouraged to engage in joint research and to pursue external funding opportunities.
A Steering Committee, consisting of Academia, Government, and Research Labs will designate research areas or themes, with a leader appointed to each agreed upon area.