Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) wind energy research programme dates back to the ’70s. TU Delft’s wind energy research institute (DUWIND) involves five faculties (Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Technology, Policy & Management) covering different aspects of the design and technology of wind power.

DUWIND research staff comprises more than 60 FTE , half of which are Ph.D. students. Its R&D programme is supported by high level experimental facilities, ranging from wind tunnels to wave tanks and high-voltage power electronics laboratories, which attract an increasing amount of industrial research. Thanks to such facilities TU Delft has a leading role in the development of new rotor technology with distributed control (‘smart’ rotors) as well as access systems for offshore turbines (the Ampelmann system).

TU Delft offers a Wind Energy M.Sc. education as a variant of the Aerospace Engineering M.Sc. and as profiles of the Offshore Engineering M.Sc. and Electrical Engineering M.Sc. Fields of expertise include: design of wind turbines, rotors, offshore bottom-mounted wind turbine support structures, offshore wind farm design, offshore O&M, direct-drive generators and electric grid integration and optimization. TU Delft works in close cooperation with industry, and is a major partner of EU as well as national projects in wind turbine technology and offshore wind energy, such as UPWIND, INWind FLOW, WE&Sea.

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