Martine Farstad and Tor Arne Johnsen are EU-advisers in Norwegian Offshore Wind.
Norwegian Offshore Wind is working strategically to connect with international players and consortiums to ensure participation in Horizon Europe. We have, together with several members, applied for EU funding for four different research and innovation projects.
Horizon Europe is operating at full speed, and we have been focusing extra on two different calls with deadline 31 March 20223:
- Critical Technologies for offshore wind farms of the future
- Development of MVDC, HVDC and High-Power Transmission systems and components for a resilient grid
Our goal is to support our members getting into international consortiums, in addition to be more hands-on in the projects ourselves. Participating in EU calls allow our members to make new or stronger connections in various countries – a good way to access new markets.
-Remember, even if the application does not succeed, the connections are made, and later EU calls might be relevant for cooperating with your new international friends. These connections are also highly relevant for commercial cooperation too, says Tor Arne Johnsen, EU advisor at Norwegian Offshore Wind.
In these two calls, we have been part of four consortiums, cooperating with several of our members: NORCE, World Wide Wind, Rosenberg Worley, Sea Twirl, Dublin offshore, CoreMarine, Hydro, EDF renewables.
-Now, we are awaiting to get feedback from the EU on our applications – hopefully we will be successful, says Johnsen.
Norwegian Offshore Wind has noticed that METCenter is an attractive partner in Europe.
-When activities happen at the METCenter test site, it generates opportunities for our members and regional players to provide services and local content in the projects. This is important to build a world leading supply chain for floating offshore wind, says Johnsen.
Norwegian Offshore Wind is largely taking on the communication, dissemination, and exploitation activities in the projects where we participate. The members can benefit from this as they will get first-hand information on project results and tools.
The next Horizon Europe calls have deadlines in September, and EU advisors Tor Arne Johnsen and Martine Farstad are already focusing on some relevant calls for our members.
-If you are interested in participating in EU projects, have a great solution, or you are just keen on more information, we are always ready to assist our members taking part in international consortiums and projects, says Johnsen.