The primary objective of the department is to make an essential contribution to research, development, and consulting in connection with the production, application and export of Danish wind turbines. A secondary objective is to carry out research in boundary-layer meteorology, which is fundamental to solving major environmental and energy problems of society. There is a general demand for an improved ability to describe and estimate flows and fluxes in the lower part of the atmosphere with regard to wind resources, a multitude of environmental questions, and loads on structures including wind turbines. Through its research and development work, the department is able to develop methodologies including computer models for use by industry, institutions, and governmental authorities. In the long view the department is developing facilities and programmes to enable it to serve as a national and European centre for wind energy and boundary-layer meteorological research. (au).