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News Release: U.S., Danish laboratories to cooperate on wind energy research

June 27, 2007

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denmark's Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), signed an agreement today 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 Risø 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 Risø 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 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 off-shore wind and better utility integration in the United States. The Danish laboratory has years of experience in the challenges of developing off-shore wind farms and in putting large amounts of wind-generated electricity on the utility grid. World-class research in wind turbine design and efficiency are hallmarks of both laboratories.

"Collaboration among scientists and engineers is of paramount importance," NREL Director Arvizu said. "Better solutions often appear when a problem is approached from several different angles."

Risø DTU's Jorgen Kjems agreed. "The exchange of people and ideas that we have launched today will make solving the world's energy challenges less difficult."

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

Within the Technical University of Denmark, Risø carries out scientific and technical-scientific research that can provide Danish society with new opportunities for technological development and deployment. 

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.




—George Douglas