Trondheim Clusters & Alliances

A city of strong knowledge clusters and research centres:

THE TRONDHEIM REGION IS SUBJECT TO SEVERAL STRONG KNOWLEDGE CLUSTERS, COLLABORATIONS AND ALLIANCES.

Ocean Autonomy

Ocean Autonomy Cluster

TRONDHEIM: NORWAY’S LEADING HUB FOR EXPERTISE ON OCEAN AUTONOMY.

Consisting of both companies and R&D institutions, the Ocean Autonomy cluster combines research and technological development, suppliers of technology, components and systems, as well as forward-leaning investors. Through cooperation, the cluster’s participants pursue safer, more efficient and precise operations at sea, contributing to a more sustainable use of the world’s oceans.

Norway has a proud history of innovations and achievements at sea and has been a major player on the world’s oceans for more than 200 years.

Today, Norway is the global center for innovation and development of autonomous ocean technologies and solutions. Cutting-edge research, innovative companies and a rapidly growing marked for autonomous solutions, all provide unique business opportunities for applications in the ocean space.

The Ocean Autonomy Cluster seeks to utilize these opportunities through combining the experience from Norway’s maritime and offshore industry, developers, suppliers and award-winning R&D institutions. The main goal of the Ocean Autonomy Cluster is to strengthen Norway’s global leadership role in the development and commercialization of future autonomous ocean technologies and solutions.

Autonomy is still in its early stages of development. New laws and regulations will emerge, with testing, verification and commercialization of different technologies and systems becoming even more crucial. 

The Ocean Autonomy Cluster’s center of gravity is the Trøndelag region. The cluster is based in Trondheim, Norway’s technology capital and home to several of the world’s leading autonomy companies. In 2016, the Trondheim Fjord (Trondheimsfjorden) became the world’s first test site for autonomous ocean vessels.


Contact

CLUSTER MANAGER

Frode Halvorsen
+47 91 84 59 69

SENIOR ADVISOR

Marianne Brøttem 
+47 47 91 06 99

COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

Marius Tvinnereim 
+47 93 09 99 53

ADVISOR

Ingrid M. Sandnes
+47 936 15 103

Aquatech

The NCE Aquatech Cluster

ONE OF THE LARGEST AQUACULTURE CLUSTERS GLOBALLY.

It has more than 100 partners representing approximately 15.500 employees worldwide and an annual turnover of 47,5 billion NOK (2015). It represents supplier industry (80 %), large fish farmers, fish processing industry and institutions for technology based research and education.

The Mission of the Aquatech Cluster:

  • Provide technology for a sustainable growth in aquaculture food production worldwide
  • Establish the Norwegian aquaculture supplier industry as one of Norway’s top export industries
  • Enable a fourfold sustainable growth in the Norwegian aquaculture production by 2050

Main Goal: 

Increase value creation in the Norwegian aquaculture supplier industry


Contact

SENIOR ADVISOR

Kristian Henriksen
+47 977 82 087

CEO

Bjørn Damhaug 
+47 988 64 444

Technology

Trondheim Tech Port

Future solutions are created in Trondheim

Trondheim Tech Port is an interest organization for the technology capital, because the solutions of the future are created here. Our goal is to increase Norway’s innovation power through closer cooperation. Our focus areas are oceans, health, energy and digitalisation. Trondheim Tech Port is a facilitator for innovation and technology, through projects, events and communication.

Meeting places. When you mix something old, something new is created. It also happens when new people and ideas meet. That is why we will make arrangements for meeting places, where people can meet and create new ideas together.

Identity. Trondheim is Norway’s technology capital, and is buzzing with creative ideas and innovations. We still need to attract more wise minds, more investment and more people must open their eyes to what is happening here. That is why we want to build the city’s innovation identity.

Innovation & Infrastructure. In order to increase the speed and power of innovation, shorter distances are needed between the actors, also physically. That is why we work with urban development and collaborate closely with the municipality to facilitate better innovation infrastructure.

Investment areas:

  • Ocean. Ever since the Viking Age, Trondheim has been a world leader in maritime space innovation. We shall continue with that.
  • Energy. The energy crisis and the climate goals will not resolve themselves. Fortunately, new solutions are being worked on every day in Trondheim.
  • Health. We have a Nobel Prize in medicine, but there are still challenges that need to be solved. We work on that every single day.
  • Digitization. The knowledge communities in Trondheim supply high-tech microchips to the whole world. But we still have more to give!

Contact

Renewable Energy

RENERGY – The Renewable Energy Cluster

The Renewable Energy Cluster is a facilitator of high-value cooperation between parties. They accelerate the sustainable transition to a future built on renewable energy and clean technology by developing innovation projects and new energy business models, and bringing members closer to markets, customers and peers.

The cluster works to develop energy systems, value chains and business opportunities by uniting participants with complementary roles for cooperation based development.

More than 90 companies and organizations participate in the cluster, representing a complete value chain in the field of renewable energy; energy companies, technology suppliers, expertise communities and end-users.

The cluster aims to stimulate sustainable value creation and low carbon transition by promoting innovation, increased production and efficient use of renewable energy and associated technologies.


Contact

CLUSTER MANAGER

Ole Svendgård
+47 913 83 159

PROJECT MANAGER

Thomas Bjørdal 
+47 958 93 289

Defense & Security

MIDSEC Defense & Security Cluster

The Mid-Norway Defence and security Cluster MIDSEC is a cluster devoted to developing business opportunities and promoting innovative solutions within the defense and security industry.

MIDSEC´s member companies delivering advanced technology, high quality industrial products and sustainable solutions to civil and defense industries nationally and internationally.

MIDSEC asserts solid expertise on autonomy, maintenance, logistics, monitoring systems and international industrial cooperation, among others.


Kontakt

CLUSTER MANAGER

Bjørn Damhaug
+47 98 86 44 44