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Offshore wind

Offshore wind

Electricity from offshore wind farms can replace generation from fossil sources and will be an important part of a sustainable future energy system. It represents a golden opportunity to create new knowledge-based jobs and fuel a “green transition”.

Research into offshore wind energy is assigned priority in both the Norwegian Energ21 research strategy and the European SET plan. A potential global capital expenditure of EUR 300 billion in offshore wind energy during the next ten years has been reported.

Technology and market development are still at an early stage, and there is a massive potential for further technological development and cost reductions. Targets have been set to reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) from offshore wind farms by 50% by 2030. Concerted research and development efforts are essential if this target is to be reached.

Our expertise and services

SINTEF has an excellent track record in offshore wind power research and development. It has been involved in projects both in Norway and overseas for private industry and public sector organisations. SINTEF is heading the NOWITECH research centre and the offshore wind energy programme incorporated into the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). Examples of projects either headed by SINTEF or in which we have been closely involved are listed at the bottom of this page.

We are working with leading industrial partners to reduce the LCoE of offshore wind farms, accelerate innovation and generate wealth. We carry out analytical studies and numerical modelling, simulations, laboratory experiments and field measurements. Our modern laboratory facilities include the MARINTEK Ocean Basin Lab and the SINTEF Energy Lab, among others.

Tasks / research areas

  • Wind farm design
  • Power collection and transmission system 
  • Wind farm and turbine control systems 
  • Operation and maintenance 
  • Sub-structures and foundations
  • Marine operations 
  • Grid integration and market operation 
  • Materials and coatings


Chief Scientist

Projects and activities

Wind Laboratories



EERA DeepWind'2017 Conference, Trondheim,
17 - 19 January 2018

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