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:
FME Northwind brings together about 50 partners from research and industry all around the world.
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.
Structures and integrity (Work Package 1)
- Improved early-phase estimation of site conditions for offshore WFs will de-risk foundation concepts where Norwegian industry has a competitive edge.
- Optimized designs and fabrication for OWT support structures are estimated to improve overall project CAPEX on the order of 2-3 %.
- Increased lifetime, availability, and reliability of critical OWT structural components will increase the power generating potential of offshore wind farms and are estimated to positively impact LCOE on the order of 1-3 %.
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.