Wind energy offers great potential for
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- securing sustainable energy supply and
- creating new jobs.
In areas with good wind resources and favourable financing conditions, wind energy is now competitive with fossil fuel based energy technologies.
Over the past ten years, global accumulated installed wind power capacity has increased from approximately 48 GW in 2004 to more than 320 GW at the end of 2013, an average annual growth in the order of 20%.
Denmark has a goal of supplying 50% of its power consumption from wind by 2020.
The European Technology Platform for Wind Energy (TPWind) sees energy as the leading renewable energy technology which could provide up to 34% of EU electricity by 2030.
Stronger global competition within the wind energy sector as well as from competing energy technologies has augmented the efforts for lowering the cost of energy (CoE) for wind power.
The abovementioned facts have led to renewed efforts in the technological development of wind turbine technology as well as for integrating larger amounts of wind energy in the energy systems.
DTU International Energy Report 2014 addresses a selection of scientific and technical issues relevant to further increase the share of wind power in the global electricity mix. It covers the assessment and forecasting of wind resources, the development of wind energy technologies, the integration of large amounts of fluctuating wind power in future energy systems, and the economic aspects of wind power.