AFRY acquires provider of digital solutions in wind power

Source: press release, 7 June 2021

photo: AFRY
photo: AFRY

AFRY has acquired Numerola Oy, a Finland-based provider of simulation services within wind power. The company provides digital wind condition modelling and analyses for all phases of the planning and development of wind power projects, for power grid storm damage control as well as for urban planning. Numerola also serves the industrial sector in their modelling and simulation needs. Through the acquisition, AFRY will be able to provide clients with extensive wind power services and the most advanced technologies in the market for demanding wind power projects.

The demand for carbon-free energy is increasing and AFRY’s ambition is to be a leader in the transition towards cleaner energy. The acquisition of Numerola is in line with this ambition and will further strengthen AFRY’s global position in clean energy and digitalisation.

“We are excited to have Numerola join AFRY’s group of wind power experts. Our wind analysts around the world can now benefit from Numerola’s expertise, while at the same time providing Numerola’s professionals with access to the rapidly expanding global wind market. Numerola is a pioneer in wind power simulation and has extensive experience in designing wind power solutions. By joining forces, we will become a stronger enabler of the energy transition,” says Esa Holttinen, Global Sales Director for Wind at AFRY.

Numerola is an expert in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based on the physics of air flows. The company produces information on the production potential of planned wind power projects and their environmental impacts. Wind power modelling and analyses are also utilised in power grid planning and maintenance resource allocation. In urban planning, Numerola’s wind analyses and models can be used to determine wind conditions and their effects on the safety, comfort and life cycle of buildings. In industry, the company’s modelling expertise enables testing and product development of machines and production processes.

“The appreciation that AFRY has shown towards Numerola’s simulation competencies gives a good base for the future development. The acquisition enables us to build new service packages where we take advantage of the strengths of both parties. We look forward to the possibilities that AFRY’s resources, strong expertise and global presence bring to us. This means that a wider range of clients will be able to utilise our services and software,” says Pasi Tarvainen, Member of the Board of Numerola Oy.

Numerola employs 10 people and the net sales in 2020 were SEK 12 million. The company will be consolidated into AFRY from June 2021.