The Conwind project is a joint research project by NORCE (project lead) and UiB is Work Package leaders, and have partners from both former Norwegian research centers for environmentally friendly energy (FME) on offshore wind: NORCOWE and NOWITECH.

Conwind is a Norwegian-Chinese collaborative project on offshore wind technologies.

Specifically, the goal is to control the wind farm in a more efficient way so that earnings are higher. Developing models for the wind field inside the park and integrating them with the control system for the turbines will improve productivity of the wind farms. The models must be based on wind data in real time and able to make fast and precise enough predictions for the control system to benefit from the information. An important part of the project will be to validate our research in close collaboration with the Chinese consortium.

Goldwin, the largest national wind turbine manufacturer in China, is involved in the project. The same is true of China Three Gorges, one of the world's largest energy companies that invests heavily in both wind power and solar energy. They are behind the world's largest hydroelectric power plant (Three Gorges Dam) which was put into operation in 2008.

Furthermore, Equinor is involved. They are the owner and operator of the world's first floating wind farm and have recently decided to open wind data from Hywind Scotland for research. Norwegian WindSim has developed software that provides detailed simulations of the wind field in a park, and thus is helpful when deciding the location of wind turbines within a specific area. China is one of their most important markets.

Chinese partners:

• North China Electric Power University (NCEPU, Leading Institution)

• China Three Gorges New Energy Co. Ltd

• Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Goldwind Co. Ltd., Hohai University

• North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power

• Nanjing University of Science and Technology

Norwegian partners:

• Norwegian Research Center AS (NORCE, host)

• University of Bergen

• Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology (NTNU),

• SINTEF Energi AS

• WindSim AS

• Equinor AS