Danish wind power centre will seek support from EU  

2009.10.12
Former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen is directing a new fund established to convert the historic Lindø Wharf into a knowledge centre for the offshore wind industry
There can be little doubt that the establishment of offshore wind farms around northern Europe will be big business in the coming years. As followers of our news will know, there has been much discussion recently in Denmark on the idea of turning A.P. Møller-Mærsk's historic Lindø Wharf on Funen into a knowledge-intensive development centre. The shipping giant recently announced that the wharf will finally close for ship building activities in 2012.
 
Following a meeting on 7 October at Lindø between key players in industry and government, it has been reported by national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende that a new fund has been established to facilitate the conversion of Lindø from wharf to knowledge centre, where wind industry companies will work in close collaboration with public institutions to develop the technologies and produce the hardware that the coming boom in offshore wind will require.
 
Directing the fund is none other than Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, who was Prime Minister of Denmark from 1993 to 2001. Rasmussen served in the European Parliament from 2004 until this year, and his strong connections with Brussels could prove invaluable as he prepares to go after EU support for the Lindø plan.
 
Rasmussen told Berlingske Tidende: "The European Commission is presenting a new plan for green energy in a few weeks' time, and we must be ready to make use of that package. So it is essential that we quickly establish the new knowledge centre and attract companies. We will have a strong position in Brussels when we come and ask for support to ensure that Denmark can maintain its leading position in offshore wind farms."

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