A considerable part of Denmark’s electricity production is based on wind, the electricity production from wind energy reaching almost 32,5% in 2013. This has made the Danish wind power industry a global market leader with not only the largest turbine manufacturers, but also a leading network of suppliers for the sector on a global scale. One of the reasons for the success is that Denmark has been focusing on building strong research environments with close ties to industries. The Danish wind energy research environment is internationally recognized as being in the forefront of wind energy technology, and The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has provided a major part of the wind energy research in Denmark with Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy as a major contributor.
As of 1st January 2012, DTU has taken this support to the industry-research collaboration, innovation and public sector consultancy one step further by bringing together all groups with activities within wind energy into a new department of wind energy, DTU Wind Energy, thus strengthening the research capability as well as the education/training activities.
DTU Wind Energy has the following:
• To develop new opportunities and technology for global and Danish exploitation of wind energy and improve the competitiveness compared to other energy sources
• To develop scientific and engineering knowledge and competencies in key fields, which are central for the development and use of wind energy and provide the basis for advanced education at DTU in national and international co-operation.
• To facilitate the implementation and exploitation of research and development through research-based consultancy and services to industry and the public sector, innovation and education comprising training courses at DTU.
• DTU Wind Energy is a globally leading department for wind energy with scientific and engineering competences in the international front and with a unique integration of research, education, innovation and public/private sector consulting
• DTU Wind Energy is a key contributor to the realization of the vision of Denmark as a world leading wind power development centre and the activities support and develop the global wind energy sector with a special effort on national industrial development and innovation.
Research is conducted within 9 research programmes organized into three main topics:
Wind energy systems
Wind ressource and siting
Wind power integration and control
Offshore wind energy
Wind turbine technology
Structural design and reliability
Remote sensing and Measurement technology
Wind energy basics
Aero and hydro dynamics
Boundry layer meteorology and turbulence
Light, strong materials
The department is composed of the former Wind Energy Division at Risø, two groups from DTU Mechanical Engineering whose core activities are fluid dynamics and composite mechanics, and two groups from the Risø DTU Materials Research Division where the research is focused on composite materials and metals.
DTU Wind Energy has more than 230 staff members, including 150 academic staff members and nearly approximately 50 PhD students, and the department comprises 8 sections. Read more about the research activities and competences of the 8 sections and the main educational/ training activities of the department.