Vestas is opening up a new engineering design center in Porto, Portugal, in order to strengthen the company’s research and development (R&D) capabilities.
The new center will be responsible for developing core technology for Vestas’ product portfolio. The facility is part of Vestas’ existing R&D setup, which includes sites in the U.K., Norway, Germany, India and the company’s headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark.
Vestas has begun recruiting for the new center, which is expected to employ at least 80 people by the end of this year and several hundred engineers when fully ramped up in 2020.
Vestas is currently evaluating different locations in the Porto region to set up the center. Until a more permanent location is found, Vestas will be operating from offices at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto.
According to the wind turbine manufacturer, the facility will work as an independent hub, driving the development of systems for Vestas’ global product portfolio.