“SFI LEO could be the next large-scale research program in our industry. We encourage our companies to take part in the process,” says Tom Fidjeland, CEO of GCE NODE.

SFI LEO is a potential Center for Research-based Innovation (SFI) for Life Extensions of Offshore Assets (LEO). On 26 April, the research partners behind SFI LEO invite industry partners to attend an innovation workshop in Kristiansand as part of an application process.

“SFI LEO will address some key issues for the offshore industries. If successful, it will lead to advances in offshore wind, oil and gas, aquaculture, and other industries. Findings will likely also affect some onshore industries,” says Fidjeland.

The University of Agder is an integral part of SFI LEO, together with the University in Stavanger, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and NORCE Norwegian Research Center.

“SFI LEO will build on our region’s leading position within the field of mechatronics. The former SFI – Offshore Mechatronics (2015-2023) – produced 10 PhDs, increasing the width and depth of competence in and around our industry. SFI LEO could add to this,” says Fidjeland.

The innovation workshop will be held at the Kristiansand campus of the University of Agder.

“Whether you work in offshore, marine, or maritime sectors, this is a unique opportunity to participate in a creative and knowledgeable forum. This will be a dynamic and interactive workshop where we can collectively shape the future of SFI LEO,” says Kjell Robbersmyr, Professor at the University of Agder.

Workshop agenda:

  1. Development of research and innovation challenges: Together, we will formulate the most relevant challenges for our user partners.
  2. Feedback on topics and approach: Share your thoughts and receive valuable input from fellow participants.
  3. Center organization and operation: Discuss how we can optimize the center’s structure and functioning.
  4. User partner recruitment: Join us in building a strong network of engaged partners.

Read more and sign up here!

12 companies have secured 13 of the 14 available spaces at the joint GCE NODE pavilion at ONS 2024 in Stavanger – leaving just one space up for grabs.

«There is great interest from high-quality companies to be part of the GCE NODE pavilion at ONS in August. We look forward to having a strong presence at the 50th anniversary of the most dominant Norwegian arena for oil and gas and the wider energy industry,” says Ann Marchioro, Project Manager at GCE NODE.

The ONS Foundation is a world-leading, non-profit organization facilitating discussions and collaboration on energy, technology, and innovation. Through a global network of business and society leaders, innovators and politicians, ONS works to shape and influence the future energy society. At the core is the biennial ONS event which was started in 1974 as a key meeting place for the energy industry.

ONS was initially short for Offshore Northern Seas, as the event targeted companies with business in the North Sea basin. Today, the event attracts more than 65,000 visitors from over 100 countries. ONS assembles high-profile decision-makers as well as global influencers who are engaged in the world’s energy discussion.

These companies will be part of the GCE NODE pavilion at ONS 2024:

  • Castor Drilling Solution / Rotor Systems
  • Firenor
  • Future Production
  • Intellilift
  • Nymo / Ocean Ventus
  • On & Offshore Services
  • Origo Solutions
  • Pentagon Freight Services
  • Port of Kristiansand
  • Star Information Systems
  • Stepwise
  • Vinje Industri

If you would like to secure the last space at the GCE NODE pavilion (first come, first served), please contact Ann Marchioro.

Join us for a second meeting on a proposed Center for Research-based Innovation for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants.

The Norwegian Tribology Center invites you to a second information meeting for companies interested in participating in the Center for Research-based Innovation, SFI Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (SFI EAL).

“Every year, 20 billion liters of lubricants end up in nature and 244 million liters goes directly into the oceans. Oil pollution is an acute problem due to the extensive direct toxic effects. I urge relevant GCE NODE companies to join this meeting to learn more about how to participate in the need for developing Environmental Acceptable Lubrications for various applications,” says Christian von der Ohe, RD&I Manager at GCE NODE.

The digital meeting on 26 April will address the SFI call from the Research Council of Norway, the proposal for EAL (work in progress) and the status and novelties that occurred since March.

If you want to participate in the digital meeting, please contact or send email to Christian von der Ohe or Sergio Armada at Sintef.

If you are unable to attend this meeting but you are interested in the topic, please do not hesitate to contact us!