Renewables

Norway Launches Major Wind Power Research Center

The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru, announced an investment of 120 million NOK (11.3 million EUR) in a new wind power research center in Norway.

The NorthWind research center will be at the cutting edge, working on innovations to make wind power cheaper, more efficient, and more sustainable. One of the center’s main priorities will be offshore wind research.

Rapid growth in offshore wind power internationally offers great opportunities for Norwegian businesses. Research and development is crucial to secure lower costs, less environmental impact and improved operating models for such projects. I believe a long-term research centre with industry partners, the research community and the government will contribute to further development of offshore wind power in Norway”, said Tina Bru, Norway's Petroleum and Energy Minister.  Northwind will bring together over 50 partners from research institutions and industry all around the world. It will be led by the research institute SINTEF, with partners NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), NINA (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) and UiO (University of Oslo). 

2 Tina Bru Alexandra Bech Gjørv og Anne BorgTina Bru, Norway's Petroleum and Energy Minister, Alexandra Bech-Gjørv, President and CEO SINTEF and Anne Borg, rector, NTNU.

"The Centre's innovations will benefit Norwegian industry and the world at large," said Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO of SINTEF. "Offshore wind has the potential to meet the world's electricity needs many times over and innovations cutting its costs will help bring this renewable energy to the market even faster." 

The centre will draw on Norwegian research and industry's long-standing expertise in offshore projects. "It will provide an important launching pad for students in the field aiming to become the experts of tomorrow", said the rector of NTNU, Anne Borg. 

Research partners: 

SINTEF, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), NINA (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) and UiO (University of Oslo). 

International associated partners: 

DTU, TNO, Fraunhofer, University of Strathclyde, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and North China Electric Power University 

Industry partners:  

  • 4Subsea
  • ABB
  • Aker Offshore Wind
  • Amon
  • Aibel
  • Baker Hughes
  • Cognite
  • DNV-GL
  • Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen
  • Dof Subsea Norway
  • EDR Medeso
  • Energi Norge
  • Energy Innovation
  • Equinor
  • ESVAGT
  • Finnmark Kraft
  • Force Technology Norway
  • Fred Olsen Renewables
  • Fugro
  • GFMS
  • Hafslund Eco
  • Havyard Design &Solutions
  • Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  • Impello
  • Kongsberg Maritime
  • Lundin Energy Norway
  • Lloid's Register
  • Nexans Norway
  • NKT HV Cables
  • National Oilwell Varco Norway
  • NORWEP Norwegian Energy Partners
  • Norconsult
  • NorSea Group
  • NORWEA
  • Norwegian Offshore wind cluster
  • RENERGY cluster
  • SAP Norway
  • Sogn og Fjordane Energi
  • Statkraft
  • Store Norske
  • Sval Energi
  • Trønder Energi Kraft
  • Vard Design
  • Windcluster Norway

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