President at DTU, Anders Bjarklev, signs the agreement with SINTEF

Danish-Norwegian Cooperation on Offshore Wind Expanded

Tuesday 15 Jan 19

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Better and cheaper offshore wind farms are the goal for cooperation on renewable energy.

DTU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the research institute SINTEF enter into even closer cooperation.

On Wednesday, January 16, President of DTU Anders Overgaard Bjarklev and Rector Gunnar Bovim (NTNU) and CEO Alexandra Bech Gjørv (SINTEF) signed the new cooperation agreement.

The cooperation agreement is also the start of a new joint research centre on offshore wind.

The new centre, Nordic Offshore Wind R&I Center - NOWRIC will develop better and reasonable solutions for offshore wind farms together with the industry.

Several areas of cooperation

Topics for the collaboration include:
  • Foundations, materials and marine operations
  • Network connection, system integration and energy storage
  • Digitization, operation and maintenance and management system for offshore wind farms

DTU, NTNU and SINTEF have some of Europe's strongest marine environments. Furthermore, research environment and infrastructure complement each other.

All three partners are pleased that the collaboration is expanded.

Energy Source of Tomorrow

"Offshore wind is an important, environmentally friendly energy source. There has been a fantastic development globally in recent years," says CEO of SINTEF, Alexandra Bech Gjørv. She continues:

"At the same time, the technology is constantly evolving and continued research and innovation is crucial for us to succeed with more affordable and better solutions. When we further reinforce the connection between DTU's significant knowledge of wind energy with our Norwegian top mission systems and support for the marine industry, we will be able to contribute significantly to achieving this in cooperation with the industry."

Anders O. Bjarklev, President at DTU says:

"For many years, we have had strong research collaboration with NTNU and SINTEF. With this co-operation agreement in offshore wind, we are now establishing a powerful partnership that will be able to deliver research and innovation of the highest quality for the benefit of business and society."

"It will be a win-win collaboration for three strong competency environments that know each other well. NTNU has educated more than 50 PhDs in offshore wind during the last 10 years. The collaboration with DTU and SINTEF means that we now get the best from Scandinavia within the subject, and we will be able to speed up the production of knowledge within new energy that the world needs," says Head of NTNU, Gunnar Bovim.

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