Windpower Monthly rating 3/5
Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.
Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.
The political climate is sensitive as a lot of the political parties argue towards alternative financing, and generally a reduction of the subsidy scheme. In 2017, the Danish government laid out plans to support new renewable energy in technology-neutral auctions in 2018 and 2019.
Currently a high level of activity in development of offshore wind power. However, the onshore market for development of wind power is slowing down.
Generally high level of preparedness for deployment of more wind power as grid infrastructure has been continuously developed. Large amounts of interconnectivity with surrounding countries.
DENMARK: Since retiring as Siemens' chief technology officer in 2014, Henrik Stiesdal has devoted much of his time to working on floating offshore wind and energy storage. He talks about his new ideas and the challenges of scaling turbines towards 12-15MW and beyond by 2023-24.
DENMARK: The generation-cost projections reported in this column rely on estimates of the energy production of the wind turbines over the life of the plant by the developer.
BELGIUM: Kriegers Flak illustrates the international nature of the offshore wind sector. Foundations made in Belgium are towed by a Cyprus-registered vessel to Denmark, where they will be part of a wind farm using German-Spanish turbines and an interconnector with Germany.
DENMARK: Effective turbine control poses specific challenges for onshore and offshore applications. Eize de Vries discussed these with leading suppliers Vestas and MHI Vestas.
DENMARK: A new generation of 4MW-plus onshore wind turbines is emerging, with Vestas the latest manufacturer to stretch rated capacity and rotor blade lengths to new standards.
Danish Consultancy K2 Management has appointed a new CEO after parting company with its former head last year.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been nominated to sit on the board of turbine manufacturer Vestas. Thorning-Schmidt served as Danish prime minister from 2011 to 2015.
Optimising blade maintenance and a reduction of the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) will be the core focus of a new research programme launched by two universities and host of companies from across the supply chain.
Financing has been completed on the 604.8MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind project in east Denmark, allowing Vattenfall to move ahead to construction.
Vestas is dismantling its multi-rotor concept after a two-and-a-half-year testing and validation campaign, in which the Danish manufacturer observed many technical benefits from the four-turbine prototype including a 1.5% power gain.