Wind energy is in rapid development and is expected to be an important part of the future energy system. Most of today's capacity is installed on land (620 GW of 650 GW), whereas the offshore wind resources represent a massive untapped potential.
According to IEA, offshore wind has the potential to supply 18 times the world's electricity demand. The most ambitious scenario by the European Commission is 450 GW offshore wind capacity in Europe by 2050. This represents a huge market opportunity to grow Norway's wind power industry. Success will depend on the development of cost-competitive solutions. NorthWind addresses this through research in which Norwegian industry has a strong potential to supply technology and services to the international market, namely within 1) structures and integrity, 2) marine operations and logistics, 3) electrical infrastructure and system integration, and 4) digital twin and asset management. NorthWind also addresses 5) sustainable wind development, to ensure a balanced approach towards wind energy development, on land and offshore, developing knowledge and solutions to minimize negative environmental impact and improve public engagement.
- create green jobs and export industry in Norway
- reduce cost of wind energy installations
- increase efficiency of wind farm operation
- reduce negative environmental impact
- improve public acceptance of wind power
- support the UN sustainability goals
The research is expected to result in at least 20 innovations that will give a basis for new jobs in Norway; increased exports; technology for cost competitive floating wind farms by 2030; and the sustainable development of wind energy with respect for nature and society both on- and offshore.
Northwind brings together about 50 partners from research and industry all around the world.
Northwind is led by 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).