05 April 2017
DTU wants to get closer to the companies and wants to put research into work. Among other things, it is done through Offshoreenergy.dk.
Kenneth Thomsen, Programme Manager, Offshore Wind Energy at DTU Wind, wants to see DTU having a closer cooperation with the companies to get research into industry.
This shall be done, among other things, through Offshoreenergy.dk.
? Kenneth Thomsen; You want to increase the match between research/know-how and companies. Why does this not occur spontaneously?
! It is pivotal to DTU Wind Energy that there is an effect of our research. We usually say that three things shall be fulfilled: The research shall have quality, be relevant and have effect. The effect can be achieved in several ways and among other things we cooperate with companies to achieve this. During a specific cooperation with a company or a group of companies, we can directly identify the challenges of the company and spread our know-how. Together we can work towards a solution, which is useful for the company.
? Why are neutral cooperation fora, where ideas can be jointly developed, useful for the offshore industry?
! For us, it is about visibility. Both as a channel to visualise our research but also the other way around – i.e. where we gain insight into the industries and their challenges. The feedback, which we get from such interaction, is essential to target the research towards relevant challenges in future.
? What can Offshoreenergy.dk contribute in your opinion?
! Offshoreenergy.dk facilitates the process and takes part in making the framework for the interaction. There is probably not any doubt that it is more attractive to some companies when a cluster organisation is co-organiser compared to the fact that we do it ourselves. They have almost guarantee to meet customers, competitors and business partners (besides us from DTU Wind Energy). It is a significant factor when e.g. small companies shall allot a day for such an arrangement.
? Why is DTU Wind world-leading in this field?
! Throughout the years, we have been closely attached to the industry and still been able to keep the necessary distance. You can say that the industry has needed the knowledge, which we have been able to build and it has been good for us that we could use the results through the industry. It has been an advantage to us that we have had slightly different view of things – as an example, we have an obligation to have the long view while the companies focus on the here-and-now challenges.