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PhD defence by Henrik Bach Mortensen

THE VALUATION HISTORY OF DANISH WIND POWER - The ongoing struggle of a challenger technology to prove its worth to society.


01.06.2018 kl. 13.00 - 16.00



The Valuation History of Danish Wind Power

The thesis examines the historical valuation drama between incumbent- and challenger-coalitions by focusing on particular critical moments of valuation. Wind power started out in Denmark as a challenger energy source, which initially had to compete on the rules of incumbent fossil fuel energy sources. During the last 40 years, the challenger has however been able to transform the regulations and material conditions to make the Danish electricity grid and market arrangement more accommodating towards wind power.


This thesis mobilizes a ’valuation perspective’ to inquire into the historical role of valuation devices that has been used in the framing of wind power as worthwhile or not to society. This analysis include a mapping of the shifting coalitions of actors that are central to the struggle over wind powers valuation. Although the value of energy sources may appear to be given when seen through a certain device, the analysis have shown that the valuations of both wind power and other energy sources is highly continent and disputable. Although wind power has succeeded in challenging several entrenched meaning of what it is that makes an energy source valuable, it’s value is even today problematized through a focus on the market frameworks that enable it.


Please find a copy of the dissertation here



Professor Claes-Fredrik Helgesson | Linköping University, Sweden
Associate Professor Kristian H. Nielsen |Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Susse Georg (Chairman)|Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark



Professor Peter Karnøe | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark

Head of Offshore Project Management Bent Christensen | Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Head of Strategic Portfolio Management Christoph Wiard Neeman | Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy



Professor MSO Inge Røpke | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark


Friday, June 1st, 2018, A. C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, 
Room: ACM15 3.084A

13:00 – 16:00


Department of Planning will host a reception after the defence. The reception takes place in the lounge area at the 2nd floor. Please register for the event through this link



Free of charge


Institut for Planlægning


A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København SV, Room 15 3.084A

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