Henrik Stiesdal

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Henrik Stiesdal is one of the pioneers of the modern wind industry. He built his first wind turbine in 1976 and in 1978 designed a commercial turbine representing the so-called “Danish Concept” that came to dominate the world market. The design was licensed to Vestas in 1979. In 1987 he joined Bonus Energy, later Siemens Wind Power and was appointed Technical Manager. He retired from Siemens at the end of 2014.

Stiesdal has been responsible for a wide range of innovations in the wind industry, including the turbine design for the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991, and has played a major role in the growth and dissemination of wind power.

In 2016 Stiesdal founded a climate innovation company developing industrialized offshore wind turbine foundations, mid-term energy storage, low-cost green hydrogen electrolysers, and carbon-negative fuels.

Stiesdal has been awarded more than 650 patents.

QE Prize wind turbine cover image

The 2024 QEPrize is awarded to Andrew Garrad CBE and Henrik Stiesdal.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has been awarded for advancing the design, manufacture and deployment of high-performance wind turbines.