38 million NOK awarded to greener maritime offshore wind operations


SOV design by Vard, who leads the Ocean Charger project.

The Norwegian Government awarded Vard Group and the Ocean Charger project partners 38 million NOK for developing future offshore charging solutions for zero-emission operations.

Out of the 200 project outlines, 50 full applications, and 30 interviews, the results are finally in for “green platform”applications from the Norwegian Research Council. Norwegian Offshore Wind and Marine Energy Test Centre are delighted to announce their participation in the project “Ocean Charger” led by Vard Group.

With a strong consortium of industry and research partners, Vard will lead the way from research to testing, validation, and commercialization of new technological solutions for energy transfer to battery-powered ships offshore.

By connecting vessels to the power grid in the wind farm and charging batteries regularly, the availability of emission-free vessel operations will be secured. The aim is to power operations at the field without using any additional energy sources.

-This support is great news to all of us who are partners in this exciting project and for the entire industry. Solutions for emission-free vessels are essential when developing offshore wind both in Norway and globally, says manager of Norwegian Offshore Wind and The METCentre Arvid Nesse.

Norwegian Offshore Wind will contribute to work packages focused on methods for optimizing logistics for vessels and infrastructure at offshore wind parks, as well as with up-scaling and commercialization activities later in the project.

-A sincere thanks for a solid application process from Vard Group, its partners, and Maritime Cleantech Cluster. Thanks also to those members and partners who have put significant effort into initiatives which didn’t quite make it in this round. We look forward to joining you in finding new funding opportunities in 2023, says Nesse.

Tetra Spar is connected to the grid

Arvid Nesse, manager of METCentre and Norwegian Offshore Wind. 

The project will kick off in 2023, and the work will be performed over three years. Vard Design will lead the work together with sister companies Seaonics and Vard Electro, partners Rem Offshore, Solstad Offshore, SINTEF Energi, SINTEF Ocean, DigiCat, Sustainable Energy, Equinor, Source Energie, Corvus Energy, Plug, Shoreline, Marin Energi Testsenter, University of Bergen, Norce and Maritime CleanTech.

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