Aalborg University is a leading university within both wind energy and transportation related research. The university’s main campus is located in Aalborg, Denmark and in addition, campuses also exist in both the Danish port city of Esbjerg and Copenhagen. Across the three campuses, the university has 17,000 students from more than 100 countries and employs 2,300 staff across four main faculties.


Research from more than 75 Ph.d. fellows within wind energy is supported by both faculty staff and various Master students. The wind energy research focuses on both the energy net, smart grids, and active energy networks. In addition, research is performed pertaining to the weather (wind, waves, currents, etc.) as well as the overall direction of the wind industry in terms of research & development. In terms of the wind turbine generator (WTG), Aalborg University has a specific focus on blades, nacelles, and rotors whereas the experience with towers is not as deep. When it comes to balance of plant (BOP) modules, the university has specialized in cables, foundations, sub-stations, and monopiles whereas the area of transition pieces has not yet been covered in depth.


Funding for the university’s research is obtained either via government grants, EU projects, from independent foundations, or collaboration with commercial wind industry players. Amongst the commercial players with which Aalborg University collaborates in terms of wind energy research are companies such as Siemens Wind Power, DONG Energy, DIAB, Liftra, LM Wind Power, KK-electronic, Vestas, Suzlon, and Universal Foundation.


The Danish Maritime Foundation provides financial support to initiatives and undertakings, which may serve to develop and promote Danish shipping- and shipbuilding industries.

The Fund was established in 2005. Its’ trust funds comprise 10% of the shares in Danmarks Skibskredit A/S (Danish Ship Finance Ltd.), and the dividend comprises the main income of the Fund.