The Warsaw University of Technology and Ørsted have signed a letter of intent on cooperation. The aim of the agreement is to educate future personnel for the offshore wind energy sector, and in the future – also to create a scholarship programme for the most promising students studying in this field.
The letter of intent is the beginning of a long-term cooperation between Ørsted in Poland and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology in terms of promoting research and development as well as implementation of safe and sustainable energy solutions for the development of offshore wind farms in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea.
On behalf of the Warsaw University of Technology the letter was signed by Vice-Rector for Science Prof. Mariusz Malinowski. The Ørsted company was represented by Michael Prutsch, member of the board and Joanna Wis-Bielewicz, senior market developer.
“We want to use Ørsted’s 30 years of experience in the offshore wind energy sector and the knowledge of hundreds of experts supporting us around the world to create a tailor-made offer for the emerging offshore market in Poland. That is why, apart from our intention to contribute to the development of Polish economy through our investments, we want as many engineers as possible from Polish universities to work on offshore wind farm projects in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. That is why we are delighted to cooperate with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology and to establish with this prestigious university a platform for educating future wind farm operators not only in Poland but also worldwide. We want to educate in Poland world-class specialists in offshore wind energy, combining the knowledge and passion of Warsaw University of Technology researchers with the practice and experience of Ørsted experts”. – said Michael Prutsch, member of the Ørsted board.
“Thanks to the cooperation of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Ørsted, Warsaw University of Technology will participate even more intensively in the process of creating and developing offshore wind energy in Poland. The linking element between all renewable energy sources is power electronics, which is also used in photovoltaics, electromobility and for electricity conversion and storage. Our students and research staff will gain valuable knowledge and experience in a new and dynamically developing industry sector” – says Marek Jasiński, Ph.D., professor of the university, head of the Department of Industrial Electronics at the Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology.
Plans and ideas
The cooperation between the parties will begin with a series of guest lectures conducted by Ørsted experts. Ørsted is also planning to launch a pilot scholarship programme for master students analysing key challenges for the Polish power system related to the development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea. The parties also intend to work on creating a programme and launching a degree course focused on offshore wind farms.
The long-term cooperation between Ørsted and the Warsaw University of Technology was inspired by a lecture held in May 2021 by Łukasz Kocewiak – a graduate of our Faculty of Electrical Engineering and today an Ørsted expert.
“The development of the renewable energy sector, which is completely new for Poland, will generate demand for tens of thousands of new jobs. Therefore, I am happy to return to my own Alma Mater with a mission to share with my younger colleagues the practical knowledge gained during 13 years of work at Ørsted. I also hope that our cooperation will inspire our scientists to work on Polish solutions for SHPP, which we will then be able to implement worldwide”. – says Łukasz Kocewiak, who at Ørsted manages one of the six key areas of research and development activity.
In the picture – representatives of the Warsaw University of Technology and Ørsted in the Senate Hall of the Warsaw University of Technology.