A series of projects in topics related to NorthWind were recently kicked off after being awarded funding under the EU Horizon scheme.
INF4INiTY (SINTEF, DTU)
The INF4INiTY project (INtegrated designs for Future Floating oFFshore wINd farm TechnologY) aims to provide nature inclusive design (NID) innovations for sub-sea components of FOW installations. INF4INiTY provides two major technology innovations: (1) an innovative nature inclusive design for gravity anchors and their associated scour protection system and (2) an innovative primary artificial reef structure combined with the floating structure of a floating offshore wind turbine.
MISSION is an EU project that will develop new and SF6-free switchgear technologies for AC and DC applications, including 550 kV HVDC GIS for offshore applications and 420 kV HVAC live-tank circuit breakers for the European transmission grid. The project will also develop a MVDC circuit breaker for future DC grid applications. The project partners include switchgear manufacturers, transmission system operators and research institutes, and will run from 2024 to end of 2027.
TAILWIND (NGI, SINTEF)
The ambition of TAILWIND is to shape the next generation floating offshore wind (FOW) farms as economically viable, scalable, and sustainable solutions to provide renewable energy. The project aims to drive down the costs of floating units and mooring systems by advancing key station-keeping technologies while adopting sustainable-by-design approaches and ensuring the scalability of the solution to meet the exponentially increasing demand for offshore renewable energy. The TAILWIND consortium has opted to advance two critical technologies for single and shared station-keeping systems: mooring lines and anchoring systems.
MARINERG-i (MaREI Centre, University of Strathclyde, Fraunhofer, SINTEF)
MARINERG-i is developing a scientific and business plan for an integrated European Research Infrastructure in Offshore Renewable Energy.
Digiwind (NTNU, DTU)
Supporting Europe’s digital and green transition, DigiWind will deliver the interdisciplinary Specialised Education Programmes (SEP) needed to future-proof the careers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals in wind and energy systems through their acquisition of advanced digital skills including the Digital Europe Programme’s (DEP) key capacity areas of High-Performance Computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, and other emerging technologies.