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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY-2007-2.3-06 | Award Amount: 7.61M | Year: 2008

NORSEWInD is a programme designed to provide a wind resource map covering the Baltic, Irish and North Sea areas. The project will acquire highly accurate, cost effective, physical data using a combination of traditional Meteorological masts, ground based remote sensing instruments (LiDAR & SoDAR) and Satellite acquired SAR winds.The vertical resolution of the ground based instruments will be used to calibrate the Satellite data to provide hub height, real world data. The resultant wind map will be the first stop for all potential developers in the regions being examined, and as such represents an important step forward in quantifying the quality of the wind resource available offshore. The techniques employed are fully transferrable, meaning that they can be repeated in any offshore environment. This will be showcased in the NORSEWInD validation task. Remote sensing has a hugely important role to play within the wind industry, and their use within the NORSEWInD programme to reduce the cost and increase the accuracy of offsore wind measurements will increase acceptance and showcase the ability and power of the techniques.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 2.03M | Year: 2012

The European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing (ECOWindS) project builds on existing network within offshore wind energy to establish cluster cooperation in Offshore Wind Servicing (OWS) encompassing the industrial processes; assembly and installation of offshore wind turbines and operation and maintenance of wind turbines offshore. ECOWindS is a collaboration between research-driven clusters from South Denmark, East of England, North-West Germany and Mre, Norway , are- regions that are absolute hotspots for the worlds offshore wind industry. While the regions are characterised by complementary strengths and potential, they all face common challenges and bottle-necks that could best be dealt with within a cross-regional collaborative framework. The objective of the project is to develop and integrate regional OWS research agendas and smart specialisation strategies in a Joint Action Plan, enabling intensified intra- and interregional research and innovation-driven cooperation to ensure a more focused and efficient use of regional, national and EU Structural and RTD funds. Special will be devoted to how to better develop, include and utilize the competencies and knowledge of SMEs into innovation processes within the OWS sector. The ECOWINDS project runs through three successive and partly overlapping phases: (1) Analysis and integration of research agendas of actors in regional clusters; (2) Initiatives to improve integration: definition of a Joint Action Plan, including an International Cooperation Strategy and a Smart Specialisation Toolkit; (3) Measures towards the implementation of the Joint Action Plan. The implementation of ECOWindS and the exploitation of the results will foster smart, sustainable regional growth and job creation by contributing to drive down cost of energy from existing offshore wind farms and to half the cost of energy from new installations on comparable sites before 2020.

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