Offshore wind was on the agenda on Tuesday 30 January at the final event of the GreenShift project, in Brussels. GreenShift aims to strengthen the deployment of crucial technologies such as offshore wind, CCS and green shipping.
The Norwegian Minister of Energy, Terje Aasland, participated in the event. He said that “Norway and Europe need to cooperate even more closely in the future on the research and innovation front because of all the challenges that need solving in a short timeframe”. His Belgian counterpart Tinne Van der Straeten, agreed, saying “countries with huge production potential – like Norway – needed to be connected with countries with huge demand – like Belgium.”
The concept of European Centres of Excellence was mentioned several times as a good way to foster multinational research and innovation collaboration in green transition technologies. Two known proponents of the idea of the European Centres of Excellence are Peter Eecen from TNO, and Ignacio Marti Perez, from DTU – Technical University of Denmark and EERA JP Wind.
They highlighted the fact that the unprecedented upscaling needed in offshore wind will require collaboration across borders, not only to solve research and innovation challenges, but to develop the infrastructure and the new standards that will be required.
GreenShift is a project led by SINTEF and supported by Mission of Norway to the EU, and the Norwegians embassies in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. It brings together representatives from government, industry, and academia to discuss how best to develop and strengthen the deployment of offshore wind, CCUS/hydrogen and green shipping in Europe.
You can read more about the event here: Paving the way for a sustainable European energy future