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Offshore wind

Making offshore wind power the cornerstone of the future energy system

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Offshore wind energy is identified as crucial to reach climate goals, and can help meet the world's growing energy needs. The Norwegian offshore wind technology export market is currently valued at NOK 10 billion, and this figure can increase markedly depending on future investments.

Offshore wind power is currently more expensive than onshore wind power, but costs are dropping thanks to research and innovation. Floating offshore wind is still in its infancy, but Norway is at the forefront in the field, with regards to both research and to technology development.

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 levelised cost of electricity for offshore wind power, and to 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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Sustainable anchor lines for floating offshore wind

Sustainable anchor lines for floating offshore wind

If Europe is to meet its climate targets, offshore wind has to play a larger role in the energy mix. One thing is to produce all these wind turbines, another is how to attach or moor them. There is currently insufficient production capacity for...





Wholistic and integrated digital tools for extended lifetime and profitability of offshore wind farms

FME NorthWind – New industry, green jobs, and wind power that respects nature and people

Offshore Wind

NorthWind is a research centre for wind power. The centre's main objective is to bring forward outstanding research and innovation to contribute to a Norwegian offshore wind export industry, create new green jobs, and realise wind power that respects nature and people.

FME NorthWind is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research, partly funded by the Research Council of Norway.