Frontpage Reports & Publications

Reports & Publications

Megavind has produced reports since 2006. All of our reports concern initiatives that will help to develop Denmark as a leading international competence centre for wind energy
The latest and past Megavind reports can be found below and can either be read using the e-catalogue software iPaper or downloaded as PDF to be read on the go.

Annual Research and Innovation Agenda 2018

Last year, the Danish wind energy sector had a turnover of 144 billion DKK and employed more than 30,000 people, so it is a big business. For decades, the holy grail of wind energy development has been to become competitive with fossil fuel on market conditions. Onshore wind has achieved this in markets with good wind resources and well-developed electrical grids. In parallel, offshore bottom-fixed wind power plants are undergoing the same development curve and are in some cases competitive on market conditions.


Standardisation in the wind industry – a brochure

The industry needs to find common ground on where the next cost reductions are found and how to get there. This brochure expands the ways in which standardisation is being done in the wind industry.


Megavind annual research and innovation agenda 2017

Wind power is big business for Denmark. In 2016, the total value of Danish exports of wind energy products and services was DKK 55.6 billion, an increase of 16% from 2015, and the Danish wind industry today employs more than 30,000 people. Denmark can not only maintain but also develop its global leadership in wind energy, if politicians, industry and academia agree to continue working together, as it has been the case over the past 40 years in a unique public-private collaboration. This report offers insights into the research and innovation priorities.

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Strategy for Extending the Useful Lifetime of a Wind Turbine


This strategy gives recommendations on how to extend the useful lifetime of a wind turbine. Today, with a significantly large number of wind turbines reaching operational life spans longer than 15 years, it is essential that wind-turbine and wind-farm owners take informed decisions regarding the end of the turbines’ operational life, life extension, or decommissioning. To do so, the wind-turbine components must be inspected to ascertain their integrity and the risk of failure during continued operation. The type of inspection may vary, based on the extent of operational data available and the problems encountered previously by the turbine’s components.

Extending a turbine’s life beyond its usual design life of 20 or 25 years requires the owner to demonstrate – through inspections, operational data, or both – that the annual probability of failure of structural components is still acceptable, considering the maintenance history and component-failure modes.

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Technological solutions to reduce the environmental impacts of wind-energy systems

This strategy deals with the environmental impact of wind-energy systems and points at possible technological innovations, as well as knowledge gaps, related to reducing the impact on the environment. The report addresses the environmental impact of onshore as well as offshore projects, and emphasises aspects where research and technological development may increase understanding and mitigate the environmental impact of wind turbines.

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Test and Demonstration Facilities for Wind Energy Needed to Promote a Competitive Wind Industry in Denmark (2016)

This strategy outlines recommendations within testing and demonstration of wind energy solutions in Denmark.
The strategy points at eight key recommendations and has a full catalogue of ideas for test and demonstration facilities and competencies. 

Furthermore it contains a mapping of global test and demonstration facilities.

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Danish Knowledge Institutions and their Contribution to a Competitive Wind Industry (2015)

This strategy focus on increasing the ability of Danish knowledge institutions (universities and GTS institutes) to contribute in maintaining the Danish sector as world leader in the development of competitive wind power solutions. The strategy addresses in particular collaboration between business and knowledge institutions as well as industry involvement in research and development projects funded by public programs. Focus is on bringing companies with little or no experience in collaboration with knowledge institutions. The main target groups are researchers with wind energy related activities and R&D departments at small and medium sized companies (SMEs) and large component suppliers.

Furthermore, the strategy addresses the main barriers in making knowledge created in knowledge institutions available for industry – including the commercialization of public funded research.

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Increasing the Owners’ Value of Wind Power Plants in Energy Systems with Large Shares of Wind Energy (2014)

Focus in this strategy is on the potential technology improvements that could increase production value for the owner and make wind power technology even more competitive compared to other energy sources.

Megavind has identified a list of actions that can contribute to increasing the value of wind power within the scope of this report. This means that primarily technological and/or functionality initiatives within the wind power plant has been included. Broader energy systems innovations and demand side solutions even if these may greatly increase the asset value and society value of wind lie outside the scope of this report.

The identified actions are grouped into the following categories:

  • Higher market revenues
  • Lower costs
  • New revenue streams
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The Danish Wind Power Hub (2013)

This report is Megavind’s most recent main strategy.

The strategy covers research, development, demonstration and innovation of wind technology and the integration of wind energy into the energy system and pinpoints six principal focus areas, which are:

  • A commonly agreed and accepted method for calculating and tracking development in cost of energy from wind power.
  • A comprehensive strategy for increasing the ability of Danish research and educational institutions.
  • A revised, comprehensive innovation, test, and demonstration facilities strategy.
  • A strategy for supply chain industrialization and modularization.
  • A report on potential technology based solutions for reducing environmental and other local impacts of wind turbines.
  • A strategy for increasing the value of wind power in energy systems with high shares of wind energy.
  • A sustained, shared international approach from public authorities and private players
Read also the supplementary Offshore Roadmap
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Strategy for Wind Turbine Components and Subystems (2013)

Strategy for Wind Turbine Components and Subsystems
 is the first strategy for components and systems in wind power plants. The strategy covers both the framework for cooperation in the value chain and also a number of concrete technological focus areas. 

Read also the abbreviated report in Danish: Komponenter og delsystemer i vindmøller 

Wind Power Plants in the Energy System (2012)

In the report "Wind Power Plants in the Energy System" selected industry experts have identified and described the need for testing, development and demonstration of wind turbines' interaction with the energy system. With more than 39 per cent of Danish electricity consumption covered by wind power in 2014, Denmark is the only country in the world to have such wide-ranging practical experience of system solutions.

Read also the summary report in Danish: Vindkraftværker i energisystemet 


Denmark supplier of competitive offshore wind solutions (2010)

The report "Denmark supplier of competitive offshore wind solutions"  describes the primary offshore challenges and suggests priorities for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to enable offshore wind power to become competitive with other energy technologies.
The strategy lists key recommendations as well as key thematic priorities.
The seven thematic priorities are: 
  • Planning and Site Selection
  • Wind Farms 
  • Wind Turbines
  • Foundations
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Assembly and Installation
  • Operation and Maintenance
Each thematic priority contains significant potential to reduce Cost of Energy (CoE) over the next 10 years, whilst strengthening Danish competencies in the field.
Read also the summary report in Danish: Danmark som levernadør af konkurrencedygtig havvindkraft and the associated Offshore Roadmap 

Afprøvning og demonstration af vindmøller (2008)

An analysis of the need for demonstration sites in Denmark as well as recommendations for planning and initiatives with regard to demonstration sites.

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NB: Only available in Danish

Vindkraftværker i energisystemet (2008)

Analysis of possible areas of development in relation to creating better integration of wind power in the Danish energy system.

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NB: Only available in Danish

Strategiske indsatsområder for forskning, udvikling og demonstration inden for vindenergi (2008)

Mapping of the primary focus areas for wind power research and recommendations for prioritising Danish public funding of research, development and demonstration.

NB: Only available in Danish

Danmarks fremtid som kompetencecentrum for vindkraft (2007)

Strategy for research, testing and demonstration of wind power technology and the integration of wind power into the energy system.

NB: Only available in Danish

New accurate tool for cost calculation

Click here to try the Megavind LCOE model, which uses the same calculation methods as leaders in the offshore wind industry.

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