Annual Innovation Forum 2023

A group of people attending a presentation.

Representatives of the NorthWind consortium gathered in Trondheim over the past two days for the Centre’s third Annual Innovation Forum. On the agenda were a list of keynote addresses outlining the current state of offshore wind, as well as presentations of selected NorthWind results and a series of workshops on various research topics. The first […]

Norwegian government prioritises industrial development in its offshore wind plans

Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland

The Norwegian government’s commitment to allocate areas for 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040 is primarily aimed at establishing a new foundation for the country’s supplier industry, according to recent statements made by the Minister of Petroleum and Energy to online newspaper Nettavisen. Developing offshore wind to that level will require investments of […]

Seven applications submitted for Sørlige Nordsjø II

Map showing the placement of offshore wind areas Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy received seven applications in its bidding round for offshore wind development in the Sørlige Nordsjø II area. The Department will now begin the job of evaluating the proposals. “Despite significant cost increases for the global offshore wind industry recently, there are several strong players who are applying to participate […]

Record number of papers published in wake of EERA DeepWind 2023

Composite image showing the EERA DeepWind 2023 logo with a stack of papers overlayed.

The EERA DeepWind 2023 conference has resulted in the publication of a record number of papers. The scientific publications are available with open access in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series volume 2626, 2023. The papers have been carefully peer-reviewed process by the members of the Scientific Committee of EERA DeepWind, assessing originality, quality and […]

World Wide Wind and AF Gruppen to test new floating turbine design

World Wide Wind floating turbine concept

NorthWind partner World Wide Wind AS is partnering with AF Gruppen, Norway’s second largest engineering and construction firm, to test an avant-garde offshore floating wind turbine design. This collaboration will see the initial tests for WWW’s prototype taking place at the AF Gruppen yard located in Vats on Norway’s South West coast. Bjørn Simonsen, CEO […] debunks wild microplastic claim

Close up on a magnifying glass examining microplastic in a person's hand.

A claim has been circulating on social media platforms falsely asserting that the rotor blades from a wind turbine in Vasa, Finland weighed 2 tonnes less after 10 years of operation. This loss, the claim implies, results from the release of microplastics due to wear and tear by the wind, eventually amounting to 6000 kg […]

EU regulatory actions vital for scaling up offshore wind

Scaling up offshore wind energy in Europe, report cover

The Centre on Regulation in Europe recently released a comprehensive report outlining how EU regulatory action can support the rapid scaling up of offshore wind energy in Europe. The offshore wind sector, despite its increasing popularity, faces challenges that resemble a ‘perfect storm’. The blend of high demand, restricted supply, and inflationary pressures has led […]

Updates to the call for applications for Sørlige Nordsjø II and Utsira Nord

Computer generated image of offshore wind turbines in the sunset.

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announces changes to the call for applications to develop offshore wind in Sørlige Nordsjø II and Utsira Nord. The application deadline for Sørlige Nordsjø II is now 15 November 2023. The changes have been made to avoid delays to the process of allocating project areas. The changes are: […]

Enova allocates 2 billion NOK for small-scale floating offshore wind projects

Enova logo, overlayed with an offshore wind turbine.

Norwegian state enterprise Enova has set aside 2 billion NOK to stimulate innovation in the small-scale floating offshore wind sector. The initiative aims to advance technology development, reduce costs, and support Norway’s broader efforts towards environmentally-friendly energy production. As part of this program, named “Konkurranse om støtte til småskala kommersielle flytende havvindprosjekter” (Competition for support […]