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Annual Report 2015



Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology


The research methodology includes a mix of analytic work, numerical simulations and development of

software tools, laboratory experiments and field measurements. The mix will vary depending on the task

addressed, though the main portion of the budget is for scientific staff, while additional funding are sought

for any significant investments in experiments or research infrastructure. The general idea is to align

research in NOWITECH with other open research activities carried out by the research partners, and by this

maximize benefits of the funding. The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale is applied to communicate the

progress of models and technology.

The educational activity forms part of the research programme with engagement of MSc students and

funding of 25 PhD and 5 Postdoc students at NTNU. PhD and Postdoc students at NTNU working on offshore

wind, but funded through other sources, are carried out in alignment with NOWITECH.

The research is organized in three work packages (WPs):

• WPA: Substructures and numerical tools. The objective is development of novel substructures for offshore

wind through development, validation and use of numerical tools and experimental campaigns.

• WPB: Operation & Maintenance and Materials. The objective is to contribute to the reduction of cost

of energy of offshore wind power through development of new and cost-effective O&M concepts and

strategies, through efficient and optimized use of material and coatings, and through development of new

coatings and improved models for structures and materials.

• WPC: Grid and Wind Farms. The objective is to develop technical solutions and methods for cost effective

electromagnetic and electrical designs, controls, grid connection and power system integration of offshore

wind farms.

The WPs bring researchers

together across traditional fields of

engineering science and facilitate

team building and innovations. The

preparation of joint workshops

and research strategies further

strengthen the multi-disciplinary

team efforts. Figure 4 shows main

meetings, reporting events and

how the annual work plans for the

next year are prepared with spring

and autumn industry meetings

before approval by the Board in


Work is carried out in coordination

with the other FME (Centres for

Environmental Energy Research)

on offshore wind, namely

NORCOWE. The Centres are

complementary to each other and

constitute together a very strong

research effort on offshore wind


GA, workshop and

autumn board meeting

with approval of annual

work plan (Nov)

Status reporting

T3 (Des)

Preparation of new

annual work plan


Status reporting T2

and autumn industry

meetings (Sep)

Spring board meeting

and NOWITECH day


Annual reporting


Status reporting T1

and spring industry

meeting (Apr)

Presentation of re-

sults at EERA Deep-


conference (Jan)

Figure 5: Annual schedule of main meetings,

reports and preparation of the annual work plans.