The Wind Power Centre of the Barents Region

Biting winds in the Barents region worth billions of kronor!

Renewable, cost-effective and a creator of jobs – that’s wind power!

Welcome to the Wind Power Centre of the Barents Region -

the natural meeting place for planners, contractors, municipalities,

private individuals and other stakeholders.

The Wind Power Centre of the Barents Region is a centre for knowledge and development for those operating in the industry or who in some other way have an interest in wind power.

On this site, we want to provide information on everything that is happening in this field. The long-term goal of our work is to generate growth, jobs and enduring enterprises.

You’ll find information on ongoing projects, the industry, courses, research and development plus a great deal more besides.

The Wind Power Centre – an engine of growth in the wind power industry in the Barents region

The Wind Power Centre of the Barents Region, Piteå Municipality’s major initiative aimed at exploiting the positive effects of the wind power expansion plans, has now been running since September 2009.The Wind Power Centre is based at the premises of the Business Office in the Furunäset business centre and works to promote and establish Piteå as an obvious hub when it comes to wind power in northern Sweden.The centre aims to be the natural meeting place for all stakeholders, to whom contractors, planners, private individuals and municipalities can turn with their questions and comments.

We are here for you, whether you’re a planner or a contractor, a public servant or a private individual. Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Information on who we are and what we do, plus contact details, can be found under the tab ‘About us’ and here on the right.

Contact us

The Wind Power Centre currently has one person employed. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about wind power in the Barents region.Erik Persson, project manager:

- Are you curious about what’s happening? Or do you have a business and want to get involved in the expansion? Then I’m the person to contact. I can also tell you more about our cooperation with the industry and public agencies. If you have other general questions about the work of the Wind Power Centre, I can also answer those.

+46 (0)911-696007


The Wind Power Centre is an engine of growth and knowledge with a focus on establishing Piteå as a centre for wind power in the Barents areaWhen the plans for Europe’s biggest wind farm in Markbygden, with 1,101 wind turbines, started taking shape, the idea was born of setting up a knowledge and development centre for the whole Barents region. Wind power is an industry experiencing strong growth, with more and more farms planned in northern Scandinavia.

The purpose of the Wind Power Centre in the Barents Region is to help ensure that the wind power expansion brings positive benefits locally. Our long-term goal is to create enduring enterprises through production, new business opportunities, research and development, courses, information provision and all the other good things that might follow in the wake of wind power. Piteå’s strategic location at the heart of the Barents region strengthens our ambition to become a centre for wind power for the whole area.

We often joke that our biting winds are now worth billions. And we want to make sure that as much as possible of this huge financial cake is shared out locally and regionally.

However, wind power is a relatively new industry for many in the Barents region, which means many questions and little experience. That is where we at the Wind Power Centre can help. We are the natural meeting place for everyone interested in wind power.

You can read more about the various operational areas: industry, training, research and development, under each category.


When wind farms are built, they not only create eco-friendly electricity, but also jobs and work for local small and medium-sized companies.

Wind power is in the process of becoming a whole new industry in the Barents region. This expansion will bring major financial investment and the activity is particularly capital intensive. Establishing wind power generates opportunities for local and regional companies to grow.

The Wind Power Centre of the Barents Region is working to link up local and regional businesses with planners, manufacturers and investors. We act as a go-between by creating meeting places in the form of conferences and information meetings, but we also pass on direct contacts and provide help in dealing with the relevant authorities and organisations.

Our aim is for as large a slice as possible of the financial cake to remain in the area. The best way for us to achieve this is to build up local and regional expertise. This could make wind power a valuable industry for many years to come.

A large number of wind farms, large and small, are planned in the Barents region, which has become attractive to wind power companies. One reason for this is the availability of large, sparsely populated expanses of land and good wind conditions. It is now technically possible to place wind turbines in a forest environment and a cold climate. The expansion of wind power is also supported by the EU and the Swedish government, as we need to switch to renewable energy sources and cut our dependence on coal and other fossil fuels.

Are you interested in becoming part of the industry? Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Research & Training

New industry creating demand for new researchGreater knowledge is needed about how best to build wind turbines in a cold climate and forest environment, and this requires research and studies in the field. The focus may be on everything from the icing up of rotor blades to where best to place wind turbines for optimum electricity production. Another unanswered question is how, for example, clear-felled areas affect wind conditions...

The Barents region has enormous potential for an expansion of wind power, but the geographical location and the climate are different to places where wind turbines have traditionally been built.

The demand is for research into the following: how accessibility and efficiency are affected by the weather, wind conditions in summer and winter and how clear-felling affects wind conditions, the lifetime of rotor blades, maintenance and integration with the national grid. Initially, the priority focus will be on foundations, towers, transmission, mechanical components, rotor blades, system analyses and integration into the power system.

We at the Wind Power Centre are also working to set up courses at various levels aimed at the wind power industry. In this regard, the municipality of Piteå is considering setting up an upper secondary programme for young people who want to work in the operation, servicing and maintenance of wind turbines. However, there are already a number of suitable existing courses (see links).

What skills are required to work in wind power?

The answer is that it varies enormously, but if you want to work as a service engineer on the operation and maintenance of existing turbines, there are several suitable courses currently available. Many wind power engineers have some form of background as an electrician and are then given an introduction to the turbines used at the respective workplaces once they start work. In order to meet the future need for skills in the Barents region, Lernia is planning to launch an HVEC course for wind turbine engineers in autumn 2011. We also have links to a group of other suitable HVEC and university courses in Sweden.

If you are interested in working in the installation of wind turbines, you should focus on the profession of fitter, a job that can involve a great deal of travelling to follow the work.From the experience of those who have worked on erecting wind turbines in northern Sweden, it seems that some weeks involve building turbines up here, but you’ll often find yourself in other locations across the country, wherever your skills are most in demand. Fitters often have a background in one of the practical programmes at upper secondary school, such as industry or construction, or have vocational experience of the construction industry as a carpenter or groundworker, for example.

There are, of course, many other types of job in the wind power industry, besides those mentioned above. Common examples include energy engineers, lawyers, architects, salespeople, information officers and technical consultants, to name but a few. Our links page contains a number of different educational institutions offering courses in wind power and the energy sector.

25,000 megawatts of wind power in the pipeline!

In northern Finland, Norway and Sweden there are plans to build around 25,000 MW in areas with the best wind potential in the whole of the EU. A brand new industry has arrived and already planners are looking for locations, skilled workers and partners.

For those interested in knowing what’s going on in the field, we’ve put together an interactive map function describing the various projects operating, under construction and in the planning phase, as well as the stakeholders involved, where this has been decided.