University of Strathclyde

Project Co-ordinator; Leader WPs 1, 3, 5, 6 & 8

The Wind Energy and Control group at University of Strathclyde conducts research on most aspects of wind energy with particular strengths in wind turbine and farm control, grid-integration, offshore power networks, wind turbine condition monitoring, asset management, floating and fixed support structures and wind turbine design. UOS lead the X-ROTOR project.

Delft University of Technology

Leader WP2

TU Delft's Wind Energy Section consists around 50 researchers making it one of the largest dedicated wind energy research groups worldwide. TU Delft are responsible for the design and aeroelastic loading assessment of the X-ROTOR through modelling, simulation and wind tunnel testing of a scale model. TU Delft will also model potential noise emissions and propagation and conduct a final feasible design.

University College Cork 

Leader WP7, WP9

MaREI based in UCC is Ireland's National Marine and Renewable Energy research Centre. The UCC team will lead WP7, taking a multidisciplinary approach to assessing the social, economic and environmental impact of the X-ROTOR concepts and exploring potential options for mitigation. Additionally, UCC lead WP9 on communication & dissemination.

Fundacion Cener

Fundacion Cener, the Spanish National Renewable Energy centre, are principally concerned with design issues within XROTOR, including e.g., aerodynamics (aerofoil level, wind turbine level), wind turbine stability, offshore (tests, mooring, platform design), farm control & wind turbine life extension.

General Electrics Renovables España

A globally leading wind energy company,  GE will ratify the research work carried out within X-ROTOR to ensure it is completed to a level that can be adopted by a wind turbine OEM’s stage gate development process. 

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Leader WP4

NTNU has long-standing experience in designing coastal and offshore structures, and research on related areas. Their main role in X-ROTOR is related to the design of the mechanical structure, as well as development of load simulations models of the wind turbine system.


The X-ROTOR project will develop a highly innovative wind turbine design to directly target cost of energy reduction and scalability of wind turbines.

Work Plan

The X-ROTOR project runs for three years from January 2021, during which time, the concept will be developed through a holistic consideration of technical, cost, environmental and socio-economic impact aspects.


A project led by University of Strathclyde (UK) working with Delft University of Technology (NL), University College Cork (IE), Fundacion Cener  (ES), GE Renovables España (ES), and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO)