Ørsted Partners with Universities from Vietnam and Denmark to Help Vietnam’s Offshore Wind

Ørsted has partnered with the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to enhance technology research and provide talent training for offshore wind in Vietnam.

Source: Ørsted

This academic cooperation is the first initiative under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Capacity Building and Technology Transfer for offshore wind in Vietnam between Ørsted, T&T Group, and MPI’s (Ministry of Planning and Investment) National Innovation Centre, which was signed during the Danish Royal Visit to Vietnam in November 2022.

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“Today, we have delivered the first concrete action from last month’s MoU with T&T Group and the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s National Innovation Centre. This agreement brings together some of the brightest minds in offshore wind to enhance talent, technology, and training in Vietnam. It will deliver meaningful joint research and training activities that will benefit Vietnam’s offshore wind sector as a whole and act as a springboard for further important activities,” Sebastian Hald Buhl, Country Manager of Ørsted Vietnam, said.

Together with funding and support from Ørsted, HUST, which engages in research, knowledge development, and training in science, technology, and engineering, and DTU, which engages in wind power research and energy systems education, are set to build connections, transfer knowledge, and facilitate training for students, researchers, and lecturers to strengthen expertise in offshore wind in Vietnam.

“At our university, HUST commits to human development, high-quality education, scientific research, technological innovation, and knowledge transfer. We strive to become the leading research and engineering university. In the effort to provide the power industry with highly skilled engineers, we are very honoured to collaborate with Ørsted, the leading global offshore wind power producer, and the Technical University of Denmark, a world-renowned university. This collaboration will help to build a foundation for knowledge transfer and capacity building, to support the establishment of the offshore wind industry in Vietnam,” Associate Professor Nguyen Huu Thanh, Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, HUST, said.

The ultimate goal of the MOU is to launch an offshore wind research and development (R&D) and training centre under NIC.

Partners said that the centre will act as a focal point for human resource development, technology transfer, supply chain development, and research to make offshore wind a success in Vietnam.

“The climate challenges are urgent and we really need to collaborate to beat these challenges. In Denmark, we have been working on wind energy for 40 years and around 50% of our supply is now powered by wind energy. I’m very pleased that we can bring our experience and expertise to work together with HUST on education and research to improve the capacity as well as the technology in the future. This MOU signed today will pave the way for a long collaboration between Denmark and Vietnam on research and education on offshore wind energy,” Professor Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of the Wind and Energy Systems Department, DTU, said.

In 2021, Ørsted and Vietnam’s T&T Group launched a strategic collaboration on offshore wind in Vietnam, that is expected to bring together a multi-GW pipeline of greenfield offshore wind projects located off the coasts of the Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces, Vietnam’s most suitable areas for offshore wind development.

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