NORCOWE's summer school, now in its fifth year, is a five-day in depth workshop on offshore wind, open for both PhD-students and industry employees. Non-NORCOWE members are welcome, and all courses are in English, opening up for international participation. This year’s NORCOWE summer school was hosted by NORCOWE in cooperation with the University of Agder. This year’s lecturers were Kai Christensen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Peter Jamieson, University of Strathclyde, Arnfinn Nergaard, University of Stavanger, Wei He, Statoil, Norwegian Motion Lab, University of Agder, Finn Gunnar Nielsen, Statoil/University of Bergen, Ove Daae Lampe, Christian Michelsen Research.
The aim of the NORCOWE summer school 2014 was to examine
-The development and execution of innovation strategies
-The impact of innovation on offshore technology
-New methods in analysis and measurements
-New concepts within wind energy and examine future directions
From Monday August 11th till Friday August 15th we had seven lecture sessions covering differing topics related to innovation in offshore wind. The participants took part in open discussions, group work and in presenting their results and conclusions. Floating structures, innovation principles in wind energy, heave compensation, multi-use of wind farms and innovative software solutions were the main topics.
During the week, we also enjoyed magnificent food and had a lot of fun. The weather was rather rainy, but it did not stop us in spending time in the outdoor Jacuzzi in the evening. Although we would love to have more participants attending, we were blessed to have diversity in different backgrounds and people from nine different countries.
Wednesday afternoon we were invited to MacGregor in Kristiansand, who have developed a three-axis motion compensated crane. After a short introduction to the company and their crane we had an interesting guided walk at their industrial site to see what they make.
Next year we hope to gather even more participants for the NORCOWE Summer School 2015. Please stay tuned to find out more about it!