Norwegian University of Science and Technology

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology has a large research programme in energy in close cooperation with SINTE, in particular with SINTEF Energy and SINTEF’s research company MARINTEK. Wind energy research has been conducted for more than 25 years. NTNU, the SINTEF Group and IFE (Institute for Energy Technology) cooperate on wind energy R&D through the Centre for Renewable Energy (SFFE) and especially the offshore wind energy centre, NOWITECH.

The SFFE has a coordinative and consultative function for the education and research groups within renewable energy, including small scale hydropower, wind, solar, wave, and bio-energy as well as the social dimensions of energy use. NOWITECH involves universities, research companies and industry. NOWITECH covers activities relating to computer tools, power transmission, support structures, operations and maintenance as well as grid with a total budget of approximately 40M€ (8 years) and involves 25 fulltime equivalents of postdoctors and researchers and about 20 PhD students.

NOWITECH builds especially upon the competence in offshore and electrical engineering. The offshore wind energy education and research activities in NTNU and SINTEF build upon their world-leading competence in marine technologies. NTNU has a significant PhD program that involves advanced PhD courses. NTNU has offered an international MSc in marine technology since 1992 In addition to the researchers and PhD students mentioned above, an additional 6 researchers and 25 PhD candidates are involved in offshore wind turbine research for instance in the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) at NTNU, a Norwegian research centre of excellence.

NTNU has also within the topic Electric Power Engineering offered an international MSc since 2002. Additionally to the PhD-students in Nowitech about 35 PhD students are working at this department within high-voltage components, subsea activities, power electronics, converters and system related studies to renewable energy integration. The department of Electric Power Engineering focuses wind turbine generators, energy conversion (power electronics), offshore/onshore grid (system and components) and integration (market design, need for balancing due to intermittency) and large scale integration of intermittent generation, including smart grids; research team of approx. 20 FTE in wind power systems.

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