A national forum for wind energy R&D specifically focused on the needs of Canadian stakeholders has been absent since the completion of the NSERC Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet), active mainly from 2005 to 2012. A new Canadian Wind Energy Research Network would create not only a forum for collaboration, but would serve 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 will hold at least one meeting per year. The network will be kicked off at the winter 2021 meeting (see Program). Members of the research network will 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 will be encouraged to engage in joint research and to pursue external funding opportunities.
The Research Network will initially focus on MW-scale wind turbine generators. Once active, and subject to interest of the parties and available resources, the network may expand into other areas including solar and storage applications.
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.