DTU Wind Energy in Denmark and SINTEF Energi in Norway have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-operate on research addressing key challenges in the offshore wind energy industry.
The University of Trondheim NTNU and other parts of SINTEF Group will be involved in the development of the partnership, which will focus on three main areas: offshore network development; windfarm control systems; and substructures for offshore turbines.
The parties want to focus on industrial challenges for offshore wind energy and create an industry partner for the research and development needed to develop better, and cheaper solutions.
SINTEF Energy’s chief researcher and research director John Olav Tande said “We know DTU well from many joint projects related to wind power, and we are taking the next step to enhance the co-operation. DTU is a world leader in wind energy. At the same time, we also have strong competence in the field, which means that we can achieve a better result and benefit the industry through the partnership.”
DTU Wind Energy head of department Peter Hauge Madsen said the partnership is a “big step in the right direction.”
He said it gives the research organisations the opportunity to co-operate and co-ordinate work in important areas. “There is no doubt that international co-operation will become even more important in the future,” he said.
The co-operation agreement between SINTEF and DTU Wind Energy does not exclude co-operation with other parties.