Offshore wind

Norway has large sea areas with good wind resources. Studies show that in Norwegian marine areas it is technically possible to annually produce wind energy up to 100 times that produced by the Norwegian hydropower system. While the technology is already here, there is still a need for further research, especially on the regulation and policy to foster and deal with the consequences of its exploitation.

Offshore wind is a rapidly maturing renewable energy technology that is poised to play an important role in future energy systems providing consumers with clean, affordable and renewable energy and thus, can be a key player in limiting climate change.

Offshore wind power could and should play a leading role in providing consumers with clean, affordable, and renewable energy in the near future due to its characteristics, and thus, can be a key player in limiting climate change. The potential in value creation in Vestlandet for Offshore Wind is closely linked to national initiatives, policies and regulations and ultimately dependent on the European and global markets.

The EU has decided to become carbon neutral by 2050. To achieve that goal, large volumes of renewable energy must be rapidly developed in Europe. The European Green Deal is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the and to implement the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals. The IEA report, Offshore Wind Outlook 2019, finds that offshore wind technology has the potential to grow far more strongly with support from policy makers.

Norway has large sea areas with good wind resources. Studies show that in Norwegian marine areas it is technically possible to annually produce wind energy up to 100 times that produced by the Norwegian hydropower system. While the technology is already here, there is still a need for further research, especially on the regulation and policy to foster and deal with the consequences of its exploitation.

Offshore wind should also be seen in a larger system settings, as a part of an integrated energy system, one also needs to consider the demand side, grid capacity and market prices etc.

Floating wind farms represents new and emerging markets in which Norwegian industries, expertise and competence should play an important role.

EOV partners have high competence within a wide range of areas, and many projects and interdiciplinary activities important for Offshore wind energy production.

Photo: Jan Arne Wold Equinor

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