Jacob Østergaard

Power and Energy Systems

  • Elektrovej, 325, 125

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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Jacob Østergaard is an internationally recognized research leader in the field of renewable-based energy systems. Throughout his career, he has been committed to making a substantial contribution to the green transition by leading the development of the technology for the future sustainable energy system. His research has contributed to the advancement of a more integrated, market-based, flexible, and resilient energy system. He has made contributions within power system stability, flexibility markets, offshore wind power hubs (energy islands), and application of quantum computers within energy systems. He is founder of PowerLabDK and he has been the driving force behind initatives like EnergyLab Nordhavn and Baltic Energy Island.

He is head of the Division for Power and Energy Systems at DTU Wind and Energy Systems. The division has 6 sections and more than 100 staff members. The research of the division covers energy markets, energy analytics, power systems, Power-to-X, energy storage, distributed energy systems, e-mobility, and prosumers.

He is a strong believer in collaboration between industry and academia and has unique experience with large-scale experiments with real-life energy systems. This includes projects on the island of Bornholm worth more than 1bn DKK. He has served on several academic and professional boards and committees. In 2016-17 he was member of the Danish Energy Commission laying the foundation for an ambitious Danish energy policy. He is a requested speaker and a known voice in the public debate.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

MSc, E.E., Technical University of Denmark

1 Sept 19891 Aug 1995

External positions

Research engineer, Research Institute of the Danish Electric Utilities

1 Sept 199531 Jan 2005

Research engineer, SK Energy (now Ørsted)

Feb 1994Jun 1994


  • User defined:
  • Energy systems
  • Sustainable energy
  • Smart energy
  • Power grids
  • Wind power
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Offshore energy hubs (energy islands)
  • Flexible demand
  • Power-to-X and energy storage


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