A considerable part of Denmark’s electricity production is based on wind. In 2016 the electricity production from wind energy reached 42%. This has made 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.
DTU Wind Energy is a department among 18 others that constitute DTU. The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world’s largest centres of wind energy research with a staff of more than 240 people from 37 countries of which approximately 40 are PhD students.
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If Denmark is going to be independent of fossil fuels in 2050, the amount of green energy has to be substantially enhanced. Wind energy will be the greatest contributor and the amount of energy from wind turbines will have to increase even further in order to reach this target. Onshore wind turbines are still significantly cheaper and easier to maintain than offshore turbines. Consequently, energy from onshore wind turbines is still more cost-effective.
Two of the world’s leading institutions when it comes to wind energy, German Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES and Danish DTU Wind Energy, have joined forces and national funded projects in the new €17.6 million RELIABLADE project creating a strategic collaboration to strengthen research collaboration and offer new innovative services to European industrial partners.
DTU Wind Energy and LM Wind Power have joined forces in the project CINEMA, where the focus is on discovering how fatigue damages evolve in glass composite material used for wind turbine blades.