TRONDHEIM, Norway – The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru, has pledged NOK120 million ($13.6 million) for the new NorthWind research center.
The goals are to deliver lower cost, more efficient and more sustainable wind power, with offshore wind research one of the main priorities.
NorthWind will be led by the research institute SINTEF, in partnership with NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), NINA (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute), and UiO (University of Oslo).
“Rapid growth in offshore wind power internationally offers great opportunities for Norwegian businesses,” said Minister Tina Bru. “Research and development is crucial to secure lower costs, less environmental impact, and improved operating models for such projects.”
Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO of SINTEF, added: “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 government will finance NorthWind via The Research Council of Norway. The facility is due to be in operation from 2020 to 2028.
International associated partners are DTU, TNO, Fraunhofer, University of Strathclyde, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and North China Electric Power University.
Industry partners are:
Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen
DOF Subsea Norway
Force Technology Norway
Fred. Olsen Renewables
Havyard Design & Solutions
Hitachi ABB Power Grids
Lundin Energy Norway
NKT HV Cables
National Oilwell Varco Norway
NORWEP Norwegian Energy Partners
Norwegian Offshore wind cluster
Sogn og Fjordane Energi
Store Norske Spitsbergen Kullkompani
Trønder Energi Kraft