The 4th Nordic Wind Power Conference focused on electrical systems in wind turbines and on the integration of wind farms into the existing energy system. Earlier the conference has been held in Norway, Sweden and Finland. This year it took place at Risø DTU. The conference is held every two years and will be held in Norway again in 2009.
The 130 participants were mainly Nordic scientists within the electrical system of wind turbines but there were also participants from other countries, from the industry and the press. Before the conference took place, 47 papers had been sent in and 30 were followed up by oral presentations at the conference.
Erik Lundtang Petersen, who is head of department for the wind energy department at Risø DTU introduced the conference. Speeches were made by the Danish Energy Authority and by the sponsors of the conference: DONG Energy, Energinet.dk and Nordic Energy Research (NER).
Integrating wind power
Since the seventies Risø has been playing an important part both nationally and internationally with its expert know-how within wind energy. This conference focused on integrating wind energy into the existing energy grid and on how the wind turbines interact with conventional power plants and the market economic forces.
“Several conferences already exist within the topic wind energy. Most focus on the political aspects or on areas like for instance aerodynamics and materials. So we found it necessary to get a conference where experts in our field could meet,” one of the organizers, senior scientist Poul Sørensen, explains.
The interest in the conference this year has been overwhelming and Poul Sørensen is positively surprised that so many scientists and people from the industry showed up.
Simulating the energy system of the future
The participants in the conference visited Risø’s SYSLAB where senior scientist Henrik Bindner talked about research into distributed intelligent energy systems. SYSLAB focuses on how the energy grid of the future can be adapted for the large number of small distributed and fluctuating production plants like e.g. wind turbines and solar cell plants.
SYSLAB has developed a test facility for intelligent distributed energy systems with a large vanadium battery connected and also wind turbines, solar cells, a diesel generator, office buildings and a hybrid car. Here they are doing research in control of energy systems with a large amount of fluctuating renewable energyFurther information
Contact senior scientist Poul Ejnar Sørensen tel. 4677 5075 or mail: email@example.com and senior scientist Henrik Bindner tel. 4677 5050 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.