An artist impression of Equinor's Hywind Tampen project powering oil and gas platforms with floating wind power

WAB, Team Norway Cooperate on Offshore Wind and Green Hydrogen

Wind energy and green hydrogen cluster WAB has signed a cooperation agreement with Team Norway, represented by Norwegian Energy Partners, to develop offshore wind and green hydrogen and respective supply chains.

Illustration; Equinor (Hywind Tampen project)

The cooperation will focus on the 20th WINDFORCE in June 2023 in Bremerhaven, Germany – the annual international class reunion of the offshore wind industry, where Norway will be next year’s partner country, and on reciprocal delegation trips and joint workshops.

The focus of all activities is to encourage mutual contact and cooperation between WAB members and Norwegian companies as well as branches of Norwegian companies in Germany.

Additionally, the groups hope to shed light on the opportunities that could arise from both nations with plans to expand offshore wind energy and for the production of green hydrogen at sea.

With the cooperation agreement signed, the partners can start preparing the first joint online workshop in the second half of February 2023.

“We are very happy about this cooperation and each other’ s visit too. The 20th WINDFORCE is additionally a great opportunity for the exchange and networking of the companies and institutes for the bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind energy as well as the production and use of green hydrogen”, said Heike Winkler, Managing Director of WAB.

In May, the Norwegian government launched a large-scale investment plan aimed at allocating sea areas to develop 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040.

The German government officially increased offshore wind targets in April this year, as well as the timeline to reach them, with plans to have 30 GW of operational offshore wind by 2030, 40 GW by 2035, and at least 70 GW by 2045.

Shortly after this, the federal government started working on adjusting legislation to reach the new targets, including shortening permitting times for offshore wind projects.

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