Norwegian government strengthens offshore wind targets

Photo from the press conference. Left to right: Minister for Industry Jan Christian Vestre, Minister of Finance Trygve Slagvold Vedum, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Større and Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland.

The Norwegian governement announced today its intentions of making concessions available to install 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040. Such a capacity corresponds roughly to the country’s entire electricity consumption. In concrete terms, it means the installation of around 1500 wind turbines at sea. The announcement was made by prime minister Jonas Gahr […]

The Scientific Advisory Committee launches is operations

Conference table with laptop

The NorthWind Scientific Advisory Committee officially started its operations today by holding its first full meeting with international partners. The meeting took place digitally. The Committee is led by professor Trond Kvamsdal (NTNU) and is composed of members from the research partner organisations (NTNU, SINTEF, UiO, NINA and NGI) and associated partner organisation (DTU, Fraunhofer, […]

The straight facts about wind power

Wind turbine seen from below, with blue sky in the background.

Wind power and hydro power are actually a very good match, says Magnus Korpås, professor at the department of Electric Power Engineering at NTNU.

How can we decarbonise oil and gas exploitation?

Smart forklart podcast host Aksel Faanes Persson

NorthWind research centre director John Olav Tande and acting LowEmission research centre director Stefania Gardarsdottir are the guests of the Smart Forklart podcast this week. They discuss solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to oil and gas exploitation on the Norwegian continental shelf. These emissions account for a quarter of all Norwegian emissions. Solutions […]

NW on the Fornybaren podcast

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NorthWind centre director John Olav Tande is the guest of Bendik Solum Whist and Aslak Øverås on the podcast Fornybaren this week. You can listen to the episode right here (NB: the episode is in Norwegian).

Using offshore wind to cut oil and gas emissions

Illustration showing what Hywind Tampen will look like when floating offshore wind is installed. Copyright: Equinor

By John Olav Tande The North Sea is known in Europe for oil and gas activity, fishery, transport and during the last decades, increasingly, offshore wind. To meet their climate targets, Norway and Europe need more renewable CO₂-free power generation, energy efficiency measures and CCS. We need it all, and we need it fast. We […]

Annual report 2021

Detail of the cover of NorthWind's annual report 2021

NorthWind’s very first annual report is available for download. The 60-page document provides a complete overview of the Centre’s first half-year of activity, complete with research results. It also outlines what can be expected from the centre in the coming year. The annual report is available in electronic form. It is a mandatory deliverable for […]

Offshore wind: the EU needs to invest now

Offshore wind turbines at sunrise

The European Union wants offshore wind to become a pillar of its future energy system. Getting there is within our reach, but research challenges must be solved. We propose two new large-scale initiatives to allow the EU to reach its goals.