Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer, is entering a strategic research agreement with Aalborg University, northern Jutland, on Friday 31 August. The Vestas Power Programme will be the most comprehensive collaboration between a wind turbine manufacturer and a university to date. Over the next five years, the programme will strengthen R&D in power electronics components and systems for the wind power industry.
Finn Strøm Madsen, director of Vestas Technology R&D says: "Vestas Power Programme is an important step in our focused efforts to strengthen our collaboration with the world's leading educational institutions in wind power. This programme will lift and accelerate research in power electronics – research which is essential to the continued development of the industry."
Frede Blaabjerg, dean at the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Medicine, Aalborg University, says: "We are delighted for such a comprehensive collaboration with the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer. It supports our study programmes, our infrastructure and our strong research environment in this area. Quite simply, it will be activities of the highest international standard."
In 2006, the European Power Supply Manufacturers Association (EPSMA) ranked Aalborg University 2nd in Europe for power electronics research.
Vestas Wind Systems is headquartered in Randers, Jutland, and employs over 13,500 people worldwide. The company has installed more than 33,500 wind turbines in 63 countries and five continents, and is installing a new turbine every five hours. Vestas has production facilities in Denmark, Germany, China, India, Italy, UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Australia and is constructing a turbine blade factory in Colorado, USA. In 2006, Vestas Wind Systems generated revenues of DKK 28.7 bn (USD 5.1 bn).
The news was reported by Industriens Dagblad.