A considerable part of the Danish electricity production is based on wind. In 2015 the production of electricity produced from wind energy reached 42%. 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 the industry.
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 DTU Wind Energy as a major contributor.
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.
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 250 staff members, including 150 academic staff members and nearly approximately 40 PhD students, and the department comprises 10 sections and 5 programmes.