Bergen Offshore Wind Centre (BOW)

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Hywind Tampen preperation

Bergen Offshore Wind Centre (BOW) is established by the University of Bergen in order to coordinate and strengthen the research and education in offshore wind energy.

The centre focuses on three areas:

  1. Wind resources
  2. Site selection
  3. Wind farm operations


BOW is a resource centre contributing research and education at a high international level. We address aspects related to resources, environment and technical solutions, as well as legal, economic and social aspects of offshore wind energy. We provide professional support and advice to industry, authorities and the society at large, as well as mobilizing and making UiB’s multi-discipline competence more visible.

Eirik Finserås

Offshore wind farms can "steal" wind from each other

Offshore wind farms can “steal” the capacity of other farms by up to 20 percent up to 50 kilometres away, due to wake loss. The regulation is ambiguous and needs to be developed to accommodate large-scale offshore wind development in the North Sea and other ocean areas, according to PhD Candidate...

Cristian Guillermo Gebhardt, Bergen Offshore Wind Centre

Will develop groundbreaking offshore wind technology with ERC grant

With a prestigious grant from the ERC, Cristian Guillermo Gebhardt plans to solve key issues within offshore wind with smart algorithms and raw computer power.

Introduction to offshore wind
Skjermdumper fra BOWs nettbaserte introkurs til havvind

Online course by the Bergen Offshore Wind Centre

What is offshore wind energy, how is it produced, and how will offshore wind energy development affect the environment and society? Bergen Offshore Wind Centre seeks to answer these and more questions in a new, online self-study course.

Kart over havområde utenfor Sør-Norge og vindturbiner, bilder av en kvinne og to menn

Weather data analyses contribute to effective offshore wind farm design and operations

What are the wind and wave conditions in the areas that the Norwegian government opened for wind development in 2020? Etienne Cheynet and his colleagues have analysed the metocean conditions from 1992 to 2020 in Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II.

wind turbine with oil platform

Mapping the environmental impact on Hywind Tampen

Bergen Offshore Wind Center (BOW) is involved in two research projects on environmental impact from offshore wind development and coexistence with the fishing industry