Norway and Poland Bolster Offshore Wind Ties

Norwegian Offshore Wind teams up with the Polish cluster of Composite Technologies to strengthen the cooperation between Poland and Norway in offshore wind.

The two turbines at the METCentre outside the coast of Karmøy; Photo courtesy of Norwegian Offshore Wind

Together with Rosenberg Worley, the University of Stavanger, and Fundacja Partnerstwa Technologicznego, a research institute, the clusters have received EUR 250 000 in funding from the EEA Grants to strengthen the bilateral links between Poland and Norway.

Rosenberg Worley is developing a concept for energy production from a floating installation offshore, called Flex2power, which could be relevant to Polish industry, according to the press release.

In February 2021, Poland signed into law the Offshore Act which regulates the development of offshore wind farms in the Polish Baltic Sea.

The legislation allows for 10.9 GW of offshore wind capacity to be either operational or under development by 2027.

“Poland with its ambitious offshore wind objectives of 6GW capacity by 2030 and 11GW by 2040 is an attractive market for the Norwegian supply chains”, said Caroline Whittle, who is responsible for the Polish market in Norwegian Offshore Wind.

The partnership’s objective is to strengthen the links along three dimensions: cooperation between clusters, cooperation between research organisations, and business-to-business cooperations.

Strategic activities in the project are delegation visits, signing of cooperation agreements between the counterparts, and subsequently implementations of joint activities in markets opportunities, research and innovation.

“The collaboration involves Norwegian and Polish research institutions. These entities will leverage this opportunity to form a robust consortium capable of executing large-scale international research and innovation projects”, said Muk Chen Ong, a professor at the University of Stavanger.

“Additionally, the project is geared towards enhancing public awareness regarding the green transition, environmental issues, and climate change challenges.”

When it comes to Norway, the country has set a target of reaching net zero by 2050 and has committed to establishing 30 GW of offshore wind power by 2040. Norway also recently opened the first offshore wind tenders for applications.

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