Norway opens wind research centre with 50 partners
Wind farm in Norway. Author: John Christian Fjellestad. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
Norwegian energy minister Tina Bru recently announced the launch of the Northwind wind power research centre with industrial partners like Statkraft, Equinor and Fred Olsen Renewables.
The government is investing NOK 120 million (USD 11.4m/EUR 10.3m) in the new research centre, which will work together with more than 50 partners from research institutions and industry to reduce the cost of wind, boost its efficiency and make it more sustainable. Offshore wind research will be a key priority.
NorthWind will be in operation from 2020 to 2028, led by the research institute SINTEF. It is financed through The Research Council of Norway.
Recent statistics show that Norway produced 13 TWh of power in November, of which 1.3 TWh was wind. Hydropower remains the main source of electricity generation in the country with a share of close to 90%.