U.S., Danish Laboratories to Cooperate on Wind Energy Research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denmark’s Riso National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), signed an agreement to cooperate closely on improving wind energy technologies.

The two national research institutions will explore ways to work together to design more efficient wind turbines and wind energy systems under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by NREL Director Dan Arvizu and Riso Managing Director Jorgen Kjems.

The MOU calls for the laboratories to focus on collaborations in areas such as meteorology, aerodynamics, wind turbine structures and materials, control systems and electrical grid integration.

“Formal cooperation between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Riso National Laboratory on technology development and deployment is an example of the kind of international effort that is needed to bring the world affordable, clean energy, and to effectively lower greenhouse emissions at a rate commensurate with the challenge,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner said at the signing ceremony in Roskilde, Denmark.

NREL is beginning to focus on both offshore wind and better utility integration in the U.S. The Danish laboratory has years of experience in the challenges of developing offshore wind farms and in putting large amounts of wind-generated electricity on the utility grid.

The MOU also encourages the laboratories to collaborate in all other areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology that are of mutual interest.

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