National Oilwell Varco has signed up to be an industrial partner in NorthWind, a new Norwegian Center for Environment-friendly Energy Research.

“NOV is uniquely positioned to play a large role in the offshore wind industry. We are able to offer foundations, deck equipment and anchoring, equipment for installation, and a worldwide service and aftermarket organization. If the industry grows as forecasted, offshore wind could be of great importance to NOV,” says Rune Johnsen, CEO of National Oilwell Varco Norway.

In December, The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru announced the MNOK 120 investment in a new wind power research center. NorthWind will be working on innovations to make wind power cheaper, more efficient, and more sustainable. One of the center’s main priorities will be offshore wind research.

Participation in the NorthWind project can provide us with a great opportunity to build a network of relevant research institutions, universities and industry partners. We expect this to develop as an arena for exchanging ideas and discussion of concepts,” says Johnsen.

Led by the research institute SINTEF, Northwind comprises more than 50 partners from research institutions and industry all around the world. Research partners are the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and the University of Oslo. See full list of all partners below.

“The energy sector is changing. Being one of the largest suppliers to this sector, it is important for us at NOV to stay ahead of the game. Offshore floating wind is an area with great growth potential, but also with a number of challenges that must be met before this potential can be realized. We believe that our vast expertise and experience, especially with regards to offshore engineering, will be useful in this sector. NOV powers the industry that powers the world,” says Johnsen.

Rapid growth in offshore wind power internationally offers great opportunities for Norwegian businesses.

“Research and development is crucial to secure lower costs, less environmental impact and improved operating models for such projects. I believe a long-term research center with industry partners, the research community and the government will contribute to further development of offshore wind power in Norway”, says Minister Tina Bru.

NorthWind is financed by the Norwegian government through The Research Council of Norway and will be in operation from 2020 to 2028.

NorthWind International Associated Partners: 

  • DTU
  • TNO
  • Fraunhofer
  • University of Strathclyde
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • North China Electric Power University

NorthWind Industry Partners:  

  • 4Subsea
  • ABB
  • Aker Offshore Wind
  • Amon
  • Aibel
  • Baker Hughes
  • Cognite
  • DNV-GL
  • Techn. Olav Olsen
  • Dof Subsea Norway
  • EDR Medeso
  • Energi Norge
  • Energy Innovation
  • Equinor
  • Finnmark Kraft
  • Force Technology Norway
  • Fred Olsen Renewables
  • Fugro
  • GFMS
  • Hafslund Eco
  • Havyard Design &Solutions
  • Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  • Impello
  • Kongsberg Maritime
  • Lundin Energy Norway
  • Lloid’s Register
  • Nexans Norway
  • NKT HV Cables
  • National Oilwell Varco Norway
  • NORWEP Norwegian Energy Partners
  • Norconsult
  • NorSea Group
  • Norwegian Offshore wind cluster
  • RENERGY cluster
  • SAP Norway
  • Sogn og Fjordane Energi
  • Statkraft
  • Store Norske
  • Sval Energi
  • Trønder Energi Kraft
  • Vard Design
  • Windcluster Norway