Turning wind R&D into a sustainable industry

FME NorthWind (Norwegian Research Centre on Wind Energy) will bring forward outstanding research and innovation to reduce the cost of wind energy, facilitate its sustainable development, create jobs and grow exports.

Profitable Wind R&D

There are grand science and engineering challenges that must be addressed to realize the full potential of the wind energy sector in a sustainable future. FME NorthWind will address these offshore and onshore wind research challenges through:

Reducing cost of wind energy installations
Increasing efficiency of wind farm operations
Reducing negative environmental impact
Fostering public engagement
Creating green jobs and export industry
Supporting the UN sustainability goals
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Outstanding innovation

The Centre will provide outstanding research and prospects for at least 20 innovations that can be developed into new products and services for the international market

Respecting nature

The Centre will provide new methodologies, numerical models, and software to design and operate the wind power plants of the future, generating profit and respecting nature.

Tangible solutions

Case studies will be carried out in close cooperation with industry partners pin-pointing tangible design and operational solutions.

For the next generation

Our educational programme will bring forward 27 PhDs or Post Docs, and 200 MSc and BSc candidates with wind energy as topic for their thesis.

World-renowned partners

FME Northwind brings together about 50 partners from research and industry all around the world.

Research Partners

Industry Partners


Optimising Offshore Wind Energy for the Future

According to the IEA, offshore wind has the potential to cover the world’s electricity demand 18 times over. NorthWind aims to advance the reseach in areas where Norwegian industry has a strong potential to supply technology and services to the international market, namely within structures and integrity, marine operations and logistics, electrical infrastructure and system integration, and digital twin and asset management. NorthWind also addresses sustainable wind development, to ensure a balanced approach towards wind energy development, on land and offshore, developing knowledge and solutions to minimise negative environmental impact and improve public engagement.


Maximising impact from research is important.
The potential impacts made from our innovations will be monitored to help ensure research effort is directed in the most effective way. Read about the expected impacts of the different parts of our Centre below.

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.

Industrial impact

Innovation-based growth, design and operation optimization, high quality employment and leveraging investments in wind energy research and innovation.

Societal impact

Societal engagement, global challenges, national policy priorities and strengthening the uptake of research and innovation in society.

Academic impact

Creating a unique research and innovation hub, disemminating high-quality new knowledge and strengthening competence and capacity.


Did you know?

Green power from floating offshore wind farms has the potential to cover today's global energy needs many times over.
The cost of land-based wind energy has dropped sharply over the last few decades. Bottom-fixed offshore wind energy is seeing a similar drop. Floating offshore wind energy is the most expensive of the three, but our research aims to cut that cost to 50 EUR/MWh by 2030.
The latest scenario by the European Commission is 300 GW offshore wind capacity in the EU by 2050. Success will depend on the development of cost-competitive solutions.