The centre will be responsible for developing core technology for Vestas' product portfolio. The centre is part of Vestas' existing research and development (R&D) setup, which includes sites in the UK, Norway, Germany, India and the company headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark.

Vestas has begun recruiting for the new Centre, which is expected to employ at least 80 people by the end of 2017 and several hundred engineers when fully ramped up in 2020. The engineering design centre will work as an independent hub, driving the development of systems for Vestas' global product portfolio. Vestas is currently evaluating different locations in the Porto region to set up the Centre. Until a more permanent location is found and becomes available, Vestas will be operating from offices at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto (UPTEC).