Danes and Norwegians Bolster Offshore Wind Bond

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Norwegian research institute Sintef have further solidified their cooperation in offshore wind with the start of a new joint research center.

Photo: Sintef

The new center, Nordic Offshore Wind R&I Center - NOWRIC, is expected to develop better and reasonable solutions for offshore wind farms together with the industry.

Topics for the collaboration include:

  • Foundations, materials and marine operations;
  • Network connection, system integration and energy storage; and
  • Digitization, operation and maintenance and management system for offshore wind farms.

"Offshore wind is an important, environmentally friendly energy source. There has been a fantastic development globally in recent years," said CEO of Sintef, Alexandra Bech Gjørv.

"At the same time, the technology is constantly evolving and continued research and innovation is crucial for us to succeed with more affordable and better solutions. When we further reinforce the connection between DTU's significant knowledge of wind energy with our Norwegian top mission systems and support for the marine industry, we will be able to contribute significantly to achieving this in cooperation with the industry."

In December 2018, DTU and Sintef signed a Memorandum of Understanding as the first step towards a partnership on offshore wind energy R&D.

"For many years, we have had strong research collaboration with NTNU and SINTEF. With this co-operation agreement in offshore wind, we are now establishing a powerful partnership that will be able to deliver research and innovation of the highest quality for the benefit of business and society," Anders O. Bjarklev, President at DTU, said.

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