Norway is investing 120 million NOK (11.3 million EUR) in a new wind power research centre.
The Norwegian Government funded NorthWind research centre will be at the cutting edge, working on innovations to make wind power cheaper, more efficient, and more sustainable. One of the centre’s main priorities will be offshore wind research.
Speaking about the investment on the 11th of December, the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru,said:
“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.”
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).
Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO of SINTEF, commented:
“The Centre’s innovations will benefit Norwegian industry and the world at large. 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.
Anne Borg, rector of NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) added:
“It will provide an important launching pad for students in the field aiming to become the experts of tomorrow.”
The international partners includes the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.