Norwegian University of Science and Technology

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is involved in wind energy research since more than 25 years and offers an international M.Sc. programme in marine technology since 1992.

NTNU’s wide research programme is conducted in close cooperation with SINTE, in particular with SINTEF Energy and SINTEFs research company MARINTEK, both partners of the IFE (Institute for Energy Technology) through the SFFE (Centre for Renewable Energy) and the NOWITECH (Offshore Wind Energy Centre). While, the SFFE has a coordinative and consultative function in research and education in the field of renewable energies, including small-scale hydropower, wind, solar, wave, and bio-energy, as well as for the social dimensions of energy use, whereas NOWITECH is specialised in offshore and electrical engineering and comprises universities, research institutes, companies. NOWITECH activities deal with computer tools, power transmission, support structures, operations and maintenance, involving 25 full-time researchers and about 20 Ph.D. students for a total budget of approximately 40M€. Additionally, 6 researchers and 25 Ph.D. candidates are involved in the offshore wind turbine research in the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS).

NTNU also offers an international M.Sc. in Electric Power Engineering since 2002. The Electric Power Engineering department focuses on wind turbine generators, energy conversion (power electronics), onshore/offshore grid (system and components) and integration (market design, need for balancing due to intermittency) and large scale integration of intermittent generation, including smart grids. The research team counts approximately 20 FTE in wind power systems and about 35 Ph.D. students working on high-voltage components, subsea activities, power electronics, converters and studies related to renewable energy integration.

 

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