Offshore wind energy
Offshore wind energy is one of the fastest growing renewable energy source. Full scale, operational offshore wind farms merit studies for higher efficiency and cost efficacy, and on environmental consequences.
Renewable energy resources such as solar, thermal, hydro, geothermal, wind and wave are of increasing environmental and economic importance. There is growing demand for clean and renewable energy. Ocean is a crucial resource for producing relatively clean energy from tides, ocean currents, waves and winds. The technology for harvesting energy from the ocean, however, is continuously in development. The offshore wind energy has been one of the fastest growing energy source during the last decade.
Wind turbines are constructed in regions with strong winds where large surface gravity waves affect and interact with upper ocean mixing and wind profile. From a physical point of view, the presence of a large obstacle in the ocean will disturb the wind field (wake), the wave field, and the flow regime, and will produce perturbations that ultimately must have biological consequences.
Our group conducts theoretical, numerical and observational research on air-sea interaction, surface gravity waves, near-surface turbulence, and the upper ocean response in shallow water regions in the presence of a large wind farm.
Projects: NORCOWE - Norwegian Centre for Offshore Energy