About the project

Introduction

TradeWind was a European project funded under the EUís Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme. The project addressed one of the most challenging issues facing wind energy: its maximal and reliable integration in the Trans-European power markets. Recent studies have shown that a large contribution from wind energy to European power generation is technically and economically feasible in the same order of magnitude as individual contributions form conventional technologies, with a high degree of system security and modest additional costs. Wind power penetration is not constrained by technical problems with wind power technology, but by regulatory, institutional and market barriers.

TradeWind was aimed at facilitating the dismantling of barriers to the large-scale integration of wind energy in European power systems, on transnational and European levels, and to formulate recommendations for policy development, market rules and interconnector allocation methods to support wind power integration.

The scoped area was the EU-25, and included the synchronous zones UCTE, Nordel, GB and Ireland. The study was built on the results of national and supra-national wind integration studies and gave answers to questions these had raised. The supply of Europeís islands was also addressed.

TradeWind was implemented by a consortium led by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). It was composed of leading European specialists in wind power integration, power systems and power market analysis.