The NorthWind research center is being supported with NOK 120 million of state funding to create new export opportunities and green jobs in the offshore wind sector.
The Research Council has appointed NorthWind as a new member of the family of research centers for environmentally friendly energy.
Researchers and the business community will collaborate on technology development at the center to make Norwegian companies competitive in the international market.
Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru (H) announced the decision on Friday.
The center will be supported with NOK 15 million a year over a period of eight years, a total of NOK 120 million.
The funding was part of the government’s third restructuring package in connection with the corona pandemic.
Bru: Great opportunities for Norway
“Offshore wind is growing rapidly internationally and can mean great opportunities for Norway.
“Research and development are crucial to ensure lower costs, better environmental adaptation, and good operating models for such projects,” Bru noted.
The center is led by Sintef together with the universities of Trondheim (NTNU) and Oslo, as well as the Norwegian Institute for Natural Research and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.
The Research Council already supports several research centers for environmentally friendly energy, but so far, there has been a lack of a center for wind energy.
“The work program in NorthWind is groundbreaking and visionary and will contribute to valuable, radical, green innovations. I would like to commend the government for taking the initiative,” Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO of Sintef, stated.
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