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Supporting Europe’s digital and green transition, DigiWind will deliver the interdisciplinary Specialised Education Programmes (SEP) needed to future-proof the careers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals in wind and energy systems through their acquisition of advanced digital skills including the Digital Europe Programme’s (DEP) key capacity areas of High-Performance Computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, and other emerging technologies.

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OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the DigiWind project is to develop interdisciplinary programmes targeting the acquisition vof advanced digital skills in wind and energy systems engineering. 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

SO1

Upskilling the wind and energy systems sector with advanced digital competences

SO2

Attracting qualified teaching staff and students to Specialised Education Programmes 

SO3

Delivering interoperable digital learning solutions, equipment, and infrastructure

SO4

Establishing structural and sustainable partnerships

SO5

Further assessment of unmet needs of competences in the wind and energy systems sector and the integration of digital skills in higher education

SO6

Promoting computational thinking and digital mindsets

SO7

Promoting diversity in Specialised Education Programmes

SO8

Scaling up the education of digital experts in wind and energy systems

Digital masters of wind and energy systems

Impact

DigiWind will deliver candidates
and industry professionals who can contribute directly to the digitalisation of the renewable energy sector.

This will narrow the current skills gap in the sector while substantially contributing to core European policy goals of the green and digital transition.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The DigiWind project implementation comprises six Work Packages (WP).
Project coordination

WP1: Project coordination

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Framework for Specialised Education Programmes

WP 2: Framework for Specialised Education Programmes

Sets a framework for all DigiWind efforts to build and deliver digital competences (HPC, AI, and CyberSec) and advanced skills in digital technologies in enterprise, particularly SMEs.
M.Sc. and master programmes and courses

WP 3: M.Sc. and master programmes and courses

Covers the establishment of curricula for the SEP and the design, development, execution, and quality assurance of new and enhanced M.Sc. and master courses.

Self-standing Lifelong Learning Modules

WP 4: Self-standing Lifelong Learning Modules

Covers the planning, development and execution of LLL modules by public as well as private providers.
Large-scale Deployment of Learning Experiences

WP 5: Large-scale Deployment of Learning Experiences

Will ensure that DigiWind developments scale in order to address the current skills gap in the renewable energy sector.
Communication, dissemination, and exploitation

WP 6: Communication, dissemination, and exploitation

Will ensure comprehensive communications, dissemination, and exploitation of DigiWind outputs, outcomes, and impacts.

PARTNERS

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DigiWind brings together an excellent consortium of five world-leading Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the area of wind and energy systems, a research and excellence centre (CoE) specialised in the integration of computing in science education, two SMEs at the intersection of digital technologies and renewable energy, a Large Enterprise in digital skills and education using augmented reality and virtual reality to scale up the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competences, and an experienced SME, representing a global community to drive impactful communication, dissemination, and exploitation.
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Role

DTU will lead Work Package 1 project coordination and be responsible for the overall management of the grant agreement and the project. DTU will also lead Work Package 2, which sets the framework for all DigiWind developments, and contributes to the development and execution of SEP at M.Sc. and Master level (WP3) as well as LLL modules (WP4). DTU will participate in large-scale deployment (WP5) and CDE activities (WP6).

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is at the academic and multidisciplinary forefront of the technical and the natural sciences with new initiatives in several demanding engineering disciplines, including sustainable energy technology and life science. 11.200 students are educating themselves for the future, and 6,000 employees focus each day on education, research, consulting, and innovation, which contribute in creating value, welfare, and growth. In 2014, DTU was granted an institutional accreditation by the Danish Accreditation Institution (member of ENQA). The institutional accreditation ensures that the quality assurance system of the institution is well-described, well-argued, and well-functioning in practice.

DTU’s Department of Wind and Energy Systems (DTU Wind) offers a newly designed B.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Design and four dedicated study programmes in collaboration with other DTU departments and external partners: the M.Sc. in Wind Energy (120 ECTS), the European Wind Energy Master (120 ECTS) the wind energy specialisation in the M.Sc. of Sustainable Energy programme (120 ECTS), and the online Master of Wind Energy programme for professionals (60 ECTS). DTU’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (DTU Compute) is Denmark’s largest environment for mathematics and computer science embracing both the deep theory and the practical applications. DTU Compute offers three B.Sc. programmes, three B.Eng. programmes, and three M.Sc. programmes and contributes to many other programmes at DTU.

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Role

TUD will lead the Work Package 5large-scale deployment of the learning experience and overall integration. TUD will also develop new M.Sc. courses (WP3), new micro-credentials (WP4) and teach-the-teacher modules through the DigiWind project.

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (TU Delft) is a modern university with a rich tradition. Its eight faculties and over 30 English-language Master programmes are at the forefront of technological development, contributing to scientific advancement in the interests of society. 

Ranked among the top universities of technology in Europe TU Delft’s excellent research and education standards are backed by outstanding facilities, research institutes and research schools. TU Delft maintains close links with (inter)national industry, a strategic alliance contributing to the relevance of its academic programmes and career prospects for its graduates. Society is our continuous incentive for research. We carry out research to find solutions for society’s present and future demands. 

Fundamental research is part of this, because we aim to find solutions for tomorrow’s problems. Health, energy, environment and infrastructures & mobility are today’s major social issues. That’s why TU Delft pays extra attention to developing solutions in these four domains.

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Role

NTNU will lead Work Package 3 Work Package 3on M.Sc. course development and execution and will develop and enhance master courses, and a new M.Sc. programme.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the largest university in Norway. The main profile is in science and technology. However, it is very broad from an academic point of view and covers humanities, social sciences, medicine, health sciences, science of education, architecture, fine arts, and performing arts. The main campus is in Trondheim but has additional campuses in Gjøvik and Ålesund. NTNU has 8 faculties, 55 departments as well as the NTNU University Museum. In 2020, it had 7761 FTEs, more than 44,000 students, 7889 completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 415 doctoral degrees. NTNU has the main responsibility for higher education in technology in Norway, and is largest in engineering, teacher education, and architecture. It has 339 programmes of study (2021), as well as continuing and further education. NTNU aims to be a national hub in programmes of professional study.


The NTNU Department of Electric Power Engineering is the host of the EWEM programme at NTNU. The department is currently focusing on opportunities digitalization gives the operation of the electric power system. The department is in the process of bringing ICT into all the study programmes. A major step has been the development of a new B.Sc. programme called Electrification and Digitalization. The programme had its first intake in 2021 and currently is planning a new 2-year M.Sc. programme starting in 2024 with the same focus to be able to offer a complete 5-year education on the M.Sc. level within Electrification and Digitalization.
The Department of Marine Technology (IMT) is a world leader in education, research, and innovation for engineering systems in the marine environment. We specialise in methods and techniques which facilitate the assessment, development, and sustainable operation of Norway’s biggest export industries. Among them are ship technology with corresponding equipment industry, fisheries technology and aquaculture technology, and marine oil and gas extraction. It also includes newer developments in offshore renewable energy (wind, wave, and current), coastal infrastructure such as floating bridges, and marine robotics for mapping and monitoring the ocean environment, including polar regions.

We offer 5-year integrated MSc and 2-year MSc program (in English) including offshore track part of EWEM, MSC in Marine Robotics and Maritime Engineering. Students obtain a specialization in one of the following disciplines after graduation: Marine Machinery, Marine Cybernetics, Marine Hydrodynamics, Marine Structures, Safety and Asset Management, and Marine Systems Design.

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Role

TUS will lead Work Package 4 on LLL and will develop master’s modules, micro-credentials and a new master’s programme.

The Technological University Shannon (TUS), is a recent merger (2021) of two well-established Institutes of Technology (Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). Both institutes have long histories of engagement with industry and society in the provision of skills and competences needed in their regions and have strong track records as research performing organisations in creating value, new knowledge, and business innovation. 

TUS now encompasses over 15,000 full-time students on an extensive programme of apprenticeships, certificates, degrees, masters, and PhDs. In addition, TUS provides industry-based, online and hybrid LLL to over 2,000 students across Ireland. In engineering, TUS has deep engagement with industry and hosts several significant regional initiatives, such as, the Regional Skills Forum Manager, the FactoryxChange EDIH, the IDEAM Industry cluster, the Precision Turned Part Manufacturing Association (PTMA) Cluster, the industrial skills academy, the electrical contractor’s industry consortium, the SPARKS lab, the Digital Factory Technology Gateway and six Industry incubation and start-up Acceleration Centres. As a lead member of a European University (RUN-EU), TUS is driving collaboration across its network of partners on research, joint degrees, and student and staff mobility. TUS is the lead coordinator of a linked H2020 project called RUN-EU Plus (2021-2023) focussed on the development and delivery of industry-based research degrees, specifically in the priority areas of digitalisation, sustainability, and social innovation. 

The IDEAM Research Institute at TUS is focused on the research and development of data-driven solutions for industry and is currently collaborating on 24 industry-based research projects and is directly supported by a strong regional eco-system of 65 actively engaged companies.

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Role

PG will develop one new M. Sc. programme (4 semesters), one new Master programme (2 semesters) and new LLL modules.

Gdansk University of Technology (PG) is one of the best research universities in Poland with 8 faculties, 37 fields of study, 12 disciplines, 1300 teachers and over 15k students from 70 countries. It has the right to use the prestigious logo HR Excellence in Research. PG is the second-best research university in Poland within the ‘Excellence Initiative – Research University’ – programme of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It is strongly involved in the development of infrastructure, tools, and services for Open Science. The university is located by the Baltic Sea and is closely involved with the offshore wind farms already under development. The Offshore Wind Energy Center at PG centralizes the educational, research and innovation activities across Faculties and departments through interdisciplinary, inter sectoral and international projects.


The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Ship Technology consists of four institutes, including the Institute of Energy and Institute of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology. The department provides education in 11 fields of study related to mechanical engineering. This includes selected courses in English including Power Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, and the international joint degree program Engineering and Management of Space Systems. The faculty focuses on practice, development and passion – it conducts research at a high international level, as exemplified by numerous research, educational and development projects. Students and researchers have dozens of modern laboratories at their disposal. One of the pillars of the faculty is the cooperation between science and business and the establishment of new educational directions. The department has a business council that actively supports the authorities in decision-making.


Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics is one of the largest at Gdańsk University of Technology. It consists of 16 departments and with over 3500 students enrolled at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level studies. The staff quality and quantity fulfil requirements for the faculty to grant doctoral degrees in five disciplines: electronics, telecommunications, informatics, control engineering & robotics and biocybernetics & biomedical engineering, as well as habilitation degrees in three disciplines: electronics, telecommunications and informatics. The faculty’s research activity is broad and diverse, and covers practically all modern ICT technologies, including: computer science and computer engineering, wireless and mobile technologies, audio- and hydroacoustics, microwave theory and technology; theory and technology of control engineering and robotics; computer-controlled electronic systems; optoelectronics; theory and technology of telecommunication systems; medical electronics and many others.

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CCSE will contribute to and consult on the integration of computational methods into disciplinary master programs and coordinate studies of the development of computational competence in the various master programs.

The Center for Computing in Science Education (CCSE) is a national Center for Excellence in Education (2016-2026, 1.5MEUR annual budget) at the University of Oslo, Norway. The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and second largest university. The University of Oslo is leading in research and innovation in Norway and ranked as the top three universities in Scandinavia and no. 59 internationally on the Shanghai ranking in 2019. The Center is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences which hosts 800 PhD students, 1100 scientific personnel, and 450 technical and administrative personnel. CCSE is an internationally leading hub for the integration of programming and computing into education programs from schools through higher education. CCSE has successfully integrated programming into all science bachelor programs at CCSE and has developed a new cross-disciplinary master program in computational science, spanning all disciplines in the sciences. This provides CCSE with extensive experience in training students in computing in various disciplinary contexts. 

The approaches have been successfully disseminated and implemented internationally and are well documented by education research programs. CCSE has leading international research activities in computational science and in education research directed towards the integration of computing in disciplinary education programs as demonstrated by our publications in high profile scientific journals in science education research. CCSE has collaborations with other leading international groups in education research such as with the discipline-based education research groups at Michigan State University, University of Colorado – Boulder and Oregon State University. CCSE hosts an MSCA Cofund project, CompSci, with 32 PhD students that emphasizes the development of computational skills and application and integration of these skills in a research project, in addition to transferable skills training in a cross-sector secondment.

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Role

F6S will lead Work Package 6 on Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation with the main objective of creating the right buzz around the project activities and maximise its impacts. F6S will also take the responsibility of managing the open calls for recruitment and selection of students to receive scholarships and fee waivers.

F6S is the leading platform for application management and the largest startup community globally with +1.5mio Tech-Startups and +2.7mio entrepreneurs. F6S delivers +€2 billion every year to startups with leading CRM for deal flow, corporate challenges, structured programs, startup services, corporate partnering, recruiting, government grants and free startup resources. F6S is the leading platform for application management for commercial, corporate, government, university and other accelerator programs, helping more than 17,000 such initiatives worldwide. Every year F6S processes more than 700,000 applications and delivers about €2 billion to startups/SMEs per year. 

F6S is highly experienced in creating an effective recruitment campaign, targeting the right SMEs/startups, broadly disseminating open calls, and managing the selection process of the applicants. F6S tracks emerging trends across 300+ industries and has insights that reach beyond any database, from its strong network of project partners, corporates, universities, and startups. The F6S innovative communication team leverages this information and a strong experience in community building to deliver a high-impact strategy to promote, communicate, and disseminate research activities and achievements, maximising sustainability of projects’ results.

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WHIF makes the Large Eddy Simulation technology available for wind energy developers, wind farm operators and energy traders. To effectively do this WHIF will develop associated digital learning training modules (pre-recorded online training, with interactive exercises). These training modules will be integrated in formal education programs (M.Sc.) or delivered stand-alone by WHIF to its potential LES user community.

Whiffle offers precision weather forecasting and weather simulations on a hyper local scale, through scientific prowess and superior computing power. For wind energy applications this contributes to improved design of wind farms and better integration in the energy system through better power production forecasting. For this Whiffle uses GRASP: the GPU-resident Atmospheric Simulation Platform, a breakthrough Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model running on High-Performance Computing systems.
Our weather model runs on graphic processing units (GPUs), allowing large areas and high resolutions to capture local turbulence and underlying processes and conditions in the atmosphere. Our technology delivers benefits in many economic sectors, but our primary focus is on the renewable energy market (wind and solar energy), making sustainable energy production more predictable and reducing the costs of weather risks.


Our advanced technology seamlessly integrates comprehensive weather and environmental data, turbine specifications, and obstacle information to provide unparalleled insights into, e.g., Wind Resource and Yield Assessments including turbulence, wake, blockage and cluster effects.

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IMR will develop, support, maintain, and update a DigiWind virtual campus with immersive learning supplemental modules (WP2 and WP5). The digital platform will boost the learning process and help to improve the digitals skills for learners. It will consist of modules that will target different simulations and learning aspects.

Irish Manufacturing Research Ltd. (IMR) is an agile, independent research technology organisation at the heart of a regional ecosystem of partners, including more than 300 companies, and intrinsic part of the Irish manufacturing innovation cluster. IMR’s vision is to enable manufacturing of all sectors and sizes to be leaders in the world of advanced manufacturing so that they can compete and thrive in the global economy. IMR supports industry to demystify, de-risk and deliver emerging technologies for manufacturing under the core thematic areas of digitisation, automation and advanced control, design for manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing.


IMR have 68 experienced researchers with excellent CVs; 700+ years of combined industrial experience; 45,000 sq.ft. of R&D pilot lines & development lab space lines in Dublin and Westmeath; 40+ active research partnerships with industry; 8 strategic academic partnerships: 150+ industry network: and 700+ attendees at IMR training & courses. IMR are experienced in working with all sectors, but particularly with SMEs and mid-caps on their specific challenges and overcoming industry barriers to engaging in research and development. IMR is a high technology readiness level research centre focused on the delivery of cutting-edge technological solutions for manufacturing challenges to industry.

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Lead Task 2.3 on methodologies and operating procedures for learning experiences and develop digital learning for the project, and make sure that learning goals are in the forefront of the development. Contribute to the dissemination actions making sure that stakeholders around Europe are aware of the project.

Cadpeople is an award-winning visual communication agency, and the world’s leading provider of digital learning to the wind industry. They have created visual experiences that engage people since 1992 and worked with wind for the past 25 years. Their passion is helping with the green transition by making training more sustainable and assist in educating the future green workforce. 

By making the complex simple through visual storytelling and the use of cutting-edge technologies within digital marketing and digital learning, they have digitalised learning for companies like Vestas, Ørsted, and Siemens Gamesa. Works with a wide range of learning technologies such as: Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality (Single- and Multiuser scenarios), Touch Screen simulations, 3D Visualisations, Digital Twins, LMS, LXP universes, Visual tutorials, GWO approved certificate training, and Metaverses.

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