The Danish national laboratory, Risø DTU, and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have signed an agreement to collaborate closely on improving wind energy technologies, and also to focus on other areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed Wednesday in Denmark by Jørgen Kjems, managing director of Risø DTU and Dan Arvizu, director of NREL. The US Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Alexander Karsner, who was also present at the ceremony, said:
"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 a rate commensurate with the challenge."
NREL writes in a press release that "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."
The agreement with Risø DTU is the first contract on renewable energy which NREL has entered with a research institution outside the US. The news was reported by Erhvervsbladet and in a NREL press release.