NORCOWE aims to build future industry competence within offshore wind through research facilities, education and research. All industry partners are represented in the board of NORCOWE, staking out the future topics of further investigation in cooperation with our research institutions.
Our focus areas of research are the following:
Understanding of the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer (MABL) and the Oceanic Mixed Layer (OML)
Collecting and analyzing wind and ocean data are an important part of NORCOWE's work. National and international measurement campaigns are undertaken to understand the wind resources, to test out new equipment and to establish best practice modes for gathering information. Close collaboration with various international partners promotes the sharing of data sets and knowledge across national boundaries. NORCOWE data sets are shared through an internal platform called MetaWind.
Wind resource assessment, energy yield and layout for offshore wind farms.
Within weather forecasting NORCOWE has expertise on downscaling the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, the interaction between surface-wave and wind modeling through coupling as well as short-term weather forecasting (now-casting) by means of artificial intelligence models. NORCOWE has its own CFD code to simulate wind farms, and work is progressing on developing new, efficient techniques to optimize layouts.
Wind farm installation, operation and maintenance
Minimizing costs by improving marine operations and extending the operational life-span of a turbine is another of NORCOWE's focus areas. The investment in Stewart platforms and the new motion lab are important to advance our expertise in heave compensation. The effect of breaking wave loads on turbines is an ongoing study where NORCOWE collaborates with the Leibniz Univärsitet Hannover, having made use of their Large Wave Channel. Fatigue problems connected with aerodynamic damping on both bottom fixed and floating wind turbines is another aspect of interest. A lot of NORCOWE's expertise stems from knowledge transfer from the oil and gas sector, of which simulation models of operation and maintenance is one example. Working with real data in these cases increases the impact of our industry driven research.
13. 11. 2013
Presentation of the NORCOWE/ECN measurement campaign...
04. 11. 2013
Offshore Wind Farm Optimization Workshop at UoB...
10. desember 2013
4th Joint NORCOWE/NOWITECH workshop on wind and wakes...
22. januar 2014
10. mars 2014