LORC is a non-profit and independent commercial foundation that was founded in 2009 by the major players in the offshore renewables sector. The aim was to join forces in order to improve product reliability and consequently lower the Cost of Energy extracted from green offshore sources.
With the ambition of becoming a leading center for knowledge, innovation, testing, and demonstration of green offshore technology internationally, LORC works to design and construct state-of-the-art test facilities that are directly useful for the industry. The goal is to boost the competitiveness of green offshore energy.
Our activities include innovation, collecting and disseminating knowledge, testing, and demonstrating the existing technological solutions within, for instance, deep water foundations, wind turbine drive trains, and production methods such as welding techniques, etc.
At LORC, we are convinced that knowledge sharing is key to lowering the cost of green offshore energy. This is why we are creating a digital knowledge base with extensive information on offshore wind farms, technologies, and companies – just to mention some of the information available at www.lorc.dk/knowledge.
LORC consists of a test center, a knowledge center, an educational department, and a secretariat.
The mission: more reliable products and shorter time-to-market
LORC’s central mission is to contribute to growth by developing renewable energy-harvesting technologies through improved testing and demonstration. Furthermore, it is important to significantly reduce time-to-market in order to allow the market to profit from new concepts much faster than at present. By using the Lindoe Nacelle Testing facility to simulate precise operating conditions in an accelerated manner, the industry as a whole can take superior products to market more quickly.
To meet binding energy targets, the share of renewable electricity in the EU must increase from 15% to at least 34% by 2020. By 2030, wind should produce between 26% and 35% of the EU’s electricity. This requires huge investments in new offshore wind farms. Offshore energy harvesting still lacks the industrial breakthrough necessary for it to become competitive with conventional energy sources. The existing technologies need to become less expensive and more reliable. In addition, operation and maintenance of offshore locations is limited by weather conditions and made expensive by associated transportation costs. This is why the wind energy sector focuses on achieving more reliable technologies.
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