Polish offshore wind investor PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna has established cooperation with the Danish Technical University (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet), the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Gdańsk University of Technology. The aim of the cooperation is the mutual exchange of experiences and research in the offshore wind area. The plan is to build the Offshore Wind Energy Center at the Gdańsk University of Technology.
The cooperation of three scientific units with the Polish company PGE is an excellent opportunity for experts and scientists to cooperate with the offshore wind investor, which will be building wind turbines in the Baltic Sea in the near future. The letter of intent signed on May 18, 2021 is the next step in the development of the university in the offshore wind area, which, due to the proximity of the sea and the leading Baltic ports in Gdynia and Gdańsk, seems to be predestined for this.
Gdańsk University of Technology is a leading scientific and research institution in the field of ocean engineering in Poland. The university intends to open an intercollegiate field of study in offshore wind energy together with a partner center – the Gdynia Maritime University. The university is already conducting the third edition of the post-graduate studies on Offshore Wind Energy at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Shipbuilding.
Moreover, Gdańsk University of Technology will soon initiate the establishment of the Marine Wind Energy Research Center of the Gdańsk University of Technology. Experts will cooperate with the industry through, inter alia, carrying out research and orders for external entities.
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet is a world-renowned Danish technical university with particularly extensive experience in the offshore wind energy industry. The participation of the Danish university in the agreement is due to the fact that Denmark is the European leader in the development of offshore wind farm technology. The relations between research institutions and PGE were established, among others, thanks to the efforts of the Polish Embassy in Copenhagen. The intention of cooperation is also to launch specialization studies at the Gdańsk University of Technology from February 2022.
For 65 years, the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences has been conducting works on modern mechanics related to the design, manufacture and operation of machines and structures used in energy conversion processes.
– Cooperation with leading Polish and foreign research centers is a chance for all of us for the dynamic development of renewable energy sources in Poland – said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. He added that the exchange of knowledge between partners will also contribute to building the competences of the future among students who in the coming years will be able to find employment in offshore projects in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea.