Offshore, Naja Møller, DTU Wind Energy

DTU to play a key role in Poland's investment in offshore wind

Thursday 20 May 21
DTU Wind Energy will start a cooperation with two research centres in Poland including joint research and teaching activities in the field of marine energy.

This week, DTU Wind Energy has signed a letter of intent with two Polish research centres - the Gdańsk University of Technology, the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk.

It will be the first step towards closer research and educational cooperation and to intensify the exchange of researchers and students between scientific institutions. The planned cooperation will also include joint activities of particular R&D importance.

- Offshore wind energy is an obvious choice in the fight against climate change for countries such as Poland and Denmark, as both countries are neighbours with rich offshore wind energy resources, therefore it is a great pleasure for me, on behalf of DTU, to sign a letter of intent with the Gdansk University of Technology, PGE and IMP PAN. We expect that it will pave the way for much closer cooperation in research, projects, capacity building, education and other academic cooperation between our two countries to accelerate the global development of offshore wind energy. I have been to Poland many times, I have always been impressed by the people in Poland and their technical/scientific level, we have very high expectations for this cooperation and we hope to be able to organise visits between the three universities and PGE in the near future - noted Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of the Wind Energy Department at the Danish Technical University.

- In order to build the domestic offshore wind energy market, it is necessary to cooperate with leading Polish and foreign scientific centres. I am glad that the Gdansk University of Technology, the Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk and the Danish University of Technology will become PGE's partners. This will allow us to develop common research and didactic activities in the field of maritime energy - said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

- The conclusion of this agreement is a big step forward for all parties and the possibility of even closer and more effective cooperation - emphasised Prof. Krzysztof Wilde, Rector of PG. - By taking this next step "towards the sea" we meet market trends and expectations. We intend to meet the challenge and work with all our strength for the benefit of the dynamically developing offshore industry - added Prof. Krzysztof Wilde, Rector of the Gdansk University of Technology.

- Research and technology development in the field of renewable energy is one of the key directions of work conducted at the Institute. In view of the intensively developing offshore wind farm market in Poland, the use of the Institute's scientific potential and the developed research methods creates an opportunity for cooperation not only in research and development but also in strengthening the didactic offer concerning wind energy - said Prof. Jan Kiciñski, director of IMP PAN.

The Gdansk University of Technology (PG) is a leading technical university in Poland with the status of a research university. Its scientists have wide competences and experience in educating personnel and carrying out scientific-research works in the field of hydro-technical structures, shipbuilding and electric power engineering.

The Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences has been conducting work in the field of basic and applied research for 65 years. The most important research directions conducted at the Institute include advanced problems of modern mechanics, concerning the design, manufacture and operation of machines and structures used in energy conversion processes.

PGE Baltica, which belongs to the PGE Group, has already established cooperation with the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk earlier in December 2019. Experts from both entities are currently conducting a joint research project aimed at estimating the impact of wind flow slowdowns caused by large offshore wind farms in their surroundings.