and Norwegian private enterprise. The Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) will be a cross-disciplinary competence and resource centre that contributes to realising this opportunity.
Existing commercial solutions for power production from offshore wind are based on traditional (land-based) wind turbine concepts installed on the seabed relatively near the coast and in shallow waters. Floating solutions for deeper waters are being developed, but are still in the experimental phase. At NORCOWE, key industry players and research groups from Norway
pool their efforts with leading stakeholders from Denmark
and other countries to create a research community with wide-ranging expertise. NORCOWE’s ambition is to be a leading, creative environment where research and industry collaborate on developing the foundation for new, innovative solutions for offshore wind power that are both environmentally sound and cost-effective.
The centre will give priority to activities involving technological and environmental challenges within five main areas:
- Wind and sea modelling
- Technology and new concepts
- Localisation and operations
- Wind farm optimisation
- Safety and the environment
The centre will collaborate with industry as well as other research groups and competence centres on gaining access to infrastructure and testing facilities. NORCOWE will also help to foster future personnel resources by educating a significant number of Master’s and doctoral candidates.
NORCOWE is a future-oriented centre that targets entirely new industrial areas for which complete technological solutions do not yet exist.
Power production from wind energy at sea is a major new industrial opportunity for