In 2020, 50% of the Danish power requirement will be supplied by wind energy - at least, that is the ambitious goal of Germany’s neighbour to the north. At the beginning of May, a ten-strong delegation from the Aarhus Central Denmark cluster, led by municipal director Niels Højberg, visited Renewable Energy Hamburg in order to exchange experiences and to weigh up opportunities for cooperation.
“The European wind industry faces strong competition from Asian manufacturers. For this reason, we must develop a more global approach for the future. The cooperation between Renewable Energy Hamburg and Aarhus aims to focus on the needs of suppliers”, Højberg claimed during his visit.
In a similar manner to the Dutch-German Offshore Seminar, Renewable Energy Hamburg and the Danish wind energy association “Vindmølleindustrien” plan a matchmaking event for the autumn of 2012, with cluster members from Hamburg and service and components providers. At an academic level, Renewable Energy Hamburg hopes for greater cooperation between the University of Aarhus and universities in Hamburg.
The European wind industry originates from central Denmark. Vestas, Siemens and Suzlon are just some of the prominent wind companies which are located in the region around Aarhus. Here, 14,000 employees of the Danish wind industry generate around 87% of the national turnover of the sector. Overall, 175 companies have located there from the wind turbine manufacturing segment, reflecting the entire added value chain of the sector.