Representatives from nine European research institutions signed a memorandum of understanding about the establishment of European Centre of Excellence on offshore wind research and innovation.
The signing took place at an event organised in collaboration with the Norwegian embassies in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Norway. The goal of the event was to gather businesses, government, and research institutions to strengthen collaboration on offshore wind between these countries. The event was the first of a series of four meetings organised by the GreenShift project, which aims to serve as a catalyst for European collaboration in offshore wind, CCS and green maritime shipping.
NorthWind director John Olav Tande welcomes the signature of the memorandum of understanding. “We need all hands on deck to reach climate targets, and making offshore wind a pillar of Europe’s energy system by 2050 will require transnational collaboration in both development and research. Establishing a European Centre of Excellence will not only enable Europe to reach its targets; it will result in significant cost reductions down the road,” says Tande.
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Participants were invited to join the EERA JP Wind Innovation Forum, which took place later during the day and explored what research challenges could be included in a EU Centre of Excellence for offshore wind.