Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) is an interdisciplinary resource center for the exploitation of offshore wind energy as a natural and sustainable energy resource. The centre was founded in 2009 as one of now eleven centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), and is hosted by Christian Michelsen Research AS in Bergen. The mid-way evaluation in 2013 was positive, and NORCOWE will have funding from the Research Council of Norway till 31st March 2017.
NORCOWE’s partners cover a wide range of subject fields related to offshore wind energy, and several are international leaders in their fields. The center encompasses areas such as resource mapping, modeling and measurements of the marine boundary layer, marine operations, operation and maintenance, wind and wake effects in wind farms, and layout design of wind farms. NORCOWE has expertise in modeling on a wide range of scales, from fine-scale CFD to the meso-scale.
NORCOWE has signed Memorandums of Understanding with Fraunhofer IWES, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). NORCOWE also has extensive collaboration with other universities, research institutions, companies and government agencies.
NORCOWE arranges seminars, workshops and conferences that are open to the public. The following are yearly events:
Science Meets Industry, Stavanger (in collaboration with Greater Stavanger)
Science Meets Industry, Bergen (in collaboration with Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
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