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NORCOWE's summer school, now in it's fourth year, is a five-days in depth workshop on offshore wind, open for both PhD-students and industry employees. Non-NORCOWE members are welcome, and all courses are in English, opening up for international participation. This year the official host was the University of Stavanger, and the summer school took place at Preikestolen Fjellstue. Below is the view from the lodgings.

 

The aim of this year's summer school was to give an overview over some of the main challenges connected with planning a wind park. Lecturers from the University of Stavanger, the University of Bergen, Met.no, Statoil and Kjeller Vindteknikk shared their expertise on the following topics:

  • The offshore wind field
  • Wind turbines - how they work and important challenges
  • Offshore wind turbine foundations
  • Analysis of time series
  • Planning of wind parks
  • Response statistics

A lidar was set up just outside the lecture room:

  

The participants were also given a 2 hours course on how to analyze wind data using Matlab.

The groupwork consisted in exercises which accompanied each lecture and using the information to present a convincing case for their very own wind park. Below is a picture of the winning group:

 

We thank all the participants and look forward to next year's summer school, to be hosted by the University of Agder.

 

Finally, here are a few photos from the group hike up to Preikestolen:

 

 

 

Note the dates: The NORCOWE summer school 2014 will take place in August, 11-15, at Strand Hotel Fevik, photographed below

 

 

 

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