Danish know-how to support Norway's new offshore wind power centre  

27 October sees the inauguration of the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy, in which wind technology experts from Aalborg University will be closely involved
The Norwegians may not know much about wind technology, but they have oceans of experience in the offshore area gained through many years of exploiting North Sea oil and gas. The Danes, on the other hand, have less offshore experience but know more about wind technology than anyone else. With offshore wind set to become the next big development area in energy production, it would seem to make sense for the Norwegians and the Danes to start putting their heads together for mutual gain. And that is exactly what is going to happen.
27 October sees the inauguration of NORCOWE – The Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy, a research and development organisation with a budget of NOK 240m (USD 43m) from 2009 to 2016. NORCOWE aims to find solutions to the challenges facing tomorrow's giant offshore wind turbines, and has entered a partnership with wind energy experts from Aalborg University.
A press release from Aalborg University reports that Danish participation was an influential factor in making NORCOWE a reality. Earlier this year, Professor Ivar Langen from Stavanger University in Norway said the collaboration with Aalborg University was instrumental in securing financial support from the Norwegian State.
Three different institutes from Aalborg University will be involved in NORCOWE: The Department of Civil Engineering, The Institute of Energy Technology, and the Automation and Control section of the Department of Electronic Systems. NORCOWE will be financing at least six PhDs at Aalborg University, which will further boost the north Jutland university's already strong position in wind energy technology.

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