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Offshore wind

Offshore wind

Norway has just left the starting line in the race to become the first nation to conquer the sea with wind turbines in deep water.

Green energy from floating wind turbines can meet the world’s growing energy needs. Norway is a leading figure in this area. The Norwegian offshore wind technology export market is currently worth NOK 5 billion, and this can significantly increase depending on how much Norway invests in offshore wind power.

Offshore wind power is currently much more expensive than onshore wind power. However, the costs are developing in the same way as they did for solar power, onshore wind power and battery technology, which have all become more competitive against fossil fuels around the world.

SINTEF has world-leading research communities within offshore wind power and is building bridges to the international market. We collaborate with leading industries to reduce the LCoE of offshore wind power, and accelerate innovation and value creation. In addition, we carry out analytical studies, create numerical models, run simulations, conduct laboratory experiments, take field measurements, and consider environmental designs.

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Join the world's top researchers and innovators in deep sea offshore wind energy

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY – Meet and discuss with fellow experts and innovators at the special all-digital 2021 edition of the EERA DeepWind conference, January 13th to 15th. The event has moved global and online because of the current pandemic and the discussions promise to reach a new high with over 90 submissions received.

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Advanced materials characterisation - Laboratory

The advanced materials characterization laboratory in Oslo develops techniques and makes use of advanced experimental facilities within the national infrastructure centers NORTEM, NICE, and NORFAB. It also employs modeling frameworks utilizing the supercomputer infrastructure in SIGMA2, as well as fundamental materials competence. This combined approach allows for determination of structure, chemistry and materials response from the atomic to millimeter scale.

Cavitation Tunnel

The cavitation tunnel is used to investigate the hydrodynamic performance of different type of ship hulls, propulsors and other hydrodynamic objects. Propeller induced pressure fluctuations and noise as well as cavitation are investigated by means of measurements and high speed video observation. Propeller shaft and single propeller blade forces and moments can be measured using advanced in-house developed miniaturized instrumentation, in addition to standard thrust and torque measurements.