Project Details


Background and purpose:
Wind energy is an instrument towards a more sustainable society. In the continued effort to develop performance and cost optimized wind energy technology, the focus on sustainable solutions is increasing and has become a priority in the development and manufacturing of wind energy products. This is a high-focus area for all turbine producers and sub-suppliers and also in the research community. Therefore, DTU Wind Energy recently included sustainability in its research program. The aim is to develop the next generations of materials and structures for wind turbine systems while ensuring the sustainability of the solutions developed.

Objective: To develop sustainable wind turbine materials and structures, it is necessary to quantify the sustainability of wind turbine materials and structures. To do so the development of a sustainability assessment tool is needed in a short-medium term perspective. The tool is envisioned to meet the following objectives: 
Objective #1. To quantify, demonstrate and document the environmental impacts of the technical solutions developed at DTU Wind Energy in a life cycle perspective;

Objective #2. To help defining research topic that will improve the sustainability of wind turbines, e.g. a wind turbine component like the blade materials.

Concept: In the context of a ½-year project, the plan is to build and validate a prototype version of the tool looking at a specific component of the wind turbine, the blades. To develop the sustainability assessment tool DTU Wind Energy will collaborate with DTU Management and the Quantitative Sustainability Assessment group and the listed companies. The activities planned are:
•To define the input parameters for the tool;
•To identify the most critical environmental impact categories for wind energy in general and the blades in particular (literature review);
•To collect available life cycle analysis (LCA) data and tools (literature review and interviews);
•To construct a LCA model for the blade and simplify it according to the literature findings;
•To build a first version of the prototype tool in excel;
•To test the tool and modify it according to the feedback received

• Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

• Vestas Wind Systems

• DNVGL Denmark

• Ørsted

•SKYT Consulting

• Comfil

• LM Wind Power

Funding: EIC

Key findings

An excel tool that everybody can use to measure the sustainability of new wind turbine technologies

Impacts: We can measure the sustainability of our research topic, we discover new areas of research for example by setting targets on sustainability performance, finding out the most impactful areas.
Short titleEIC Videnbro
AcronymEIC Videnbro
Effective start/end date01/04/202031/12/2020


  • Sustainability
  • LCA
  • Wind Energy
  • Quantitative


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