Denmark's wind energy industry isn't just good for the climate, it's also good for jobs. So says an article published in national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which provides the statistic that over the last 10 years, some 13,000 new jobs have been created in the Danish wind energy industry.
The total workforce in the Danish wind energy industry has risen by 118% since 1997 to a total of 23,000. In 2007 alone, the workforce swelled by 1,900. Denmark is of course in the fortunate position of having the world's leading manufacturers of both wind turbines and blades, Vestas and LM Glasfiber, as well as another big international player in the shape of Siemens Wind Power.
Industry observers reckon that, despite current recessionary fears, the global wind energy will see growth rates of around 20% for the next 15 years. This is good news for far more Danish companies than Vestas, LM Glasfiber and Siemens. Today's wind turbine are complex pieces of technology, containing upwards of 8,000 separate components. These are made by literally hundreds of sub-suppliers around the entire country.
One of the challenges that Denmark faces is to find enough people for this growing and staff-hungry industrial sector. Unemployment is at an all-time low here, and so Denmark will need to increasingly look abroad to attract engineers and other professionally trained workers to keep the rotors of wind turbine industry turning.