Season's Greetings

Dear friends of NorthWind,

The year 2023 has been full of excitement in the world of offshore wind. In February, the Norwegian Energy Commission's report argued for the development of offshore wind along the entire coast of Norway, sending a strong signal that wind power is part of the solution. It also called for the quick approval of Equinor and its partners' plans for Trollvind, a 1 GW floating wind farm that ended up being shelved.

In April, the Ostend Declaration united nine countries in stating a common goal of making the North Sea the world's biggest power plant by installing 300 GW of offshore wind by 2025. This corresponds to a total investment of around 1000 billion EUR. The next month, NorthWind partner Nexans was awarded a monumental contract to carry out three high voltage direct current projects for offshore wind farms. At just under NOK 20 billion, the contract exemplifies the massive scale of the effort which will be required to integrate offshore wind.

August saw the official opening of Hywind Tampen, the world's largest floating wind farm, by Crown Prince Haakon. The end of the year brought applications for offshore wind development in Sørlige Nordsjø II, as well as the promise of earmarking even more areas for development in 2025.

Next year promises even more thrills, as development plans start being put into motion. Meanwhile, FME NorthWind is progressing according to plan. 2023 saw an uptick in the Centre's output of peer-reviewed publications, and we expect this trend to continue moving forward.

As the year comes to a close, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

The FME NorthWind Centre Management Group

Latest news

NVE issues recommendations for offshore wind and power grid development

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) just released a report outlining key recommendations for the development of offshore wind projects and their integration with the power grid.
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NorthWind partners awarded funding for two new Green Platform projects

Two projects involving key FME NorthWind partners have been awarded substantial funding through the Norwegian Government’s Green Platform Initiative.
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Norway adopts new wind power taxation framework

The Norwegian Parliament has reached a consensus on implementing a new taxation system for onshore wind power. The agreement involves six political parties and lays taxation ground rules for both existing and future wind energy projects.
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Annual Innovation Forum 2023

Representatives of the NorthWind consortium gathered in Trondheim on 6-7 December for the Centre’s third Annual Innovation Forum.
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Norwegian government prioritises industrial development in its offshore wind plans

The Norwegian government’s commitment to allocate areas for 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040 is primarily aimed at establishing a new foundation for the country’s supplier industry, according to recent statements made by the Minister of Petroleum and Energy to online newspaper Nettavisen.
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Register now for EERA DeepWind 2024

The EERA DeepWind conference is back for its 21st edition in Trondheim, 17-19 January 2024, featuring the best ongoing research and innovation related to deep sea offshore wind farms, both bottom-fixed and floating.
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EERA DeepWind Hackathon 2024

As a prelude to the 2024 edition of the EERA DeepWind offshore wind R&I conference, NorthWind partner Equinor is organising a two-day hackathon on the theme of offshore wind integration. Registration is free and there are still a few spots left, so register now!
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