A considerable part of Denmark’s electricity production is based on wind, the electricity production from wind energy reaching almost 25 % in 2011. 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.
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. Research is conducted within 9 research programmes organized into three main topics: Wind energy systems, Wind turbine technology and Wind energy basics.
Read more about the research activities and competences of the 8 sections and the main educational/ training activities of the department.