Norway has large offshore wind energy resources. The first full scale floating offshore wind turbine (Hywind) is Norwegian. Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) is hosting NORCOWE, the Norwegian Center for Offshore Wind Energy.
The NORCOWE Centre addresses several important areas for offshore wind energy, e.g. maintenance and operation, met/ocean measurements, wind farm layout, resource assessment and forecasting. NORCOWE Reference Wind Farm is defined.