A Danish think tank for wind energy based in Århus, Jutland, has presented a plan to establish an innovation centre for wind energy, Navitas Park, as part of strengthening Denmark's leading position in wind energy. The proposal is one of several in the think tank's report "Energy and energy technology – new turbines for growth".
Finn Strøm Madsen, chairman of the think tank and director of Vestas Wind Systems, says: "To keep Denmark's well-known and acknowledged position as the international leader in the wind turbine industry, needs collaboration across the industry, educational institutions, research and knowledge institutions as well as public sector authorities to find effective and sustainable solutions."
The think tank proposes that Navitas Park comprises companies, educational institutions, research facilities, a science park, test centre and demonstration facilities where company development departments can collaborate with researchers and students.
Aleksander Aagaard of the Regional Council, central Jutland, says: "The wind turbine industry is one of the country's most important with more than 21,000 jobs in Denmark and annual revenues of more than DKK 25 bn [USD 4.5 bn], of which 90% are generated on export markets. The Central Jutland region has a strong position in this area which we will continue to develop." The news was reported by national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.