Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has an extensive wind energy research programme, with its roots in the 70-ties. Five faculties cooperate in the Delft University wind energy research institute (DUWIND), with a strong focus on design and technology aspects of wind power. The faculties are Aerospace -, Civil -, Mechanical-, Electrotechnical Engineering and Technology, Policy & Management.

TU Delft offers an Wind Energy MSc education as a variant of its Aerospace Engineering degree, and as profiles in its Offshore Engineering and Electrical Engineering degrees. 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 the international industry, and is a main partner of large EU and national projects in wind turbine technology and offshore wind energy research projects, such as UPWIND, INWind FLOW, WE&Sea.

DUWIND with has a research staff over 60 FTE dedicated to Wind Energy, of which half are PhD students. The R&D programme is supported by the high level experimental facilities, ranging from wind tunnels to wave tanks and high-voltage power electronics laboratories. This is reflected in the position of TU Delft in the wind energy community. The aerofoils used in the majority of wind turbines have been designed and tested by TU Delft. The combination of rotor knowledge plus wind tunnel facilities (TU Delft has a 3 m diameter open jet wind tunnel specifically for wind energy experiments) attracts an increasing amount of industrial research. Due to its experimental 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).

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