GCE NODE participants Agder Energi, Global Ocean Technology, NORCE and Origo Solutions are part of three different consortiums which have received financial support through the Green Platform Initiative.

The Green Platform Initiative provides funding for enterprises and research institutes engaged in green growth and restructuring driven by research and innovation.

The initiative was part of the Norwegian government’s third package of corona virus related financial support measures. Announced in May 2020, the plans include grants of NOK 1 billion to be spent within three years to fast-track the green transition of Norwegian industry. A total of 11 industry-led projects were awarded funding.

Agder Energi is part of the project «Green Platform Ocean Grid: New Grid Solutions for Profitable Offshore Wind Development», which received NOK 82,7 million.

The project will develop a connection system for offshore wind that can handle higher voltages than current solutions, which enables profitable development of offshore wind on the Norwegian shelf, both bottom-fixed and floating.

Other consortium members are Fred Olsen Renewables AS, Hafslund Eco AS, ABB Power Grids Norway, ABB Holding AS, Aker Solutions, Aker Offshore Wind AS, Benestad Solutions, DWO AS, Nexans Norway AS, Sintef Energi & Ocean, UiO, NTNU, Aibel AS, DNV GL AS, DNV Consulting Norge and Equinor Energy.

Global Ocean Technology is part of the project «Ammonia Fuel Bunkering Network», which received NOK 89,1 million.

The project partners, spanning the entire value chain for ammonia as a marine fuel, will develop and demonstrate an ammonia fuel bunkering network for ships, enabling cost efficient and safe distribution, storage, transfer and utilization of ammonia as a carbon free fuel.

Other consortium members are Econnect AS, Amon Maritime AS, Yara International ASA, Hyex Safety AS, Fjord Base AS and Sintef Energi.

Research institute NORCE has a major role, and Origo Solutions (including sister company Moreld Aqua) is part of the project “Low-Emission Value Chain for Offshore Aquaculture”, which received NOK 96 million.

The project has an ambition to reduce environmental footprint and improve fish welfare through innovations within marine-based technology, biology, fish feed, electrification, digitalization, and logistics.

Other consortium members are Blue Planet AS, Salmar Ocean AS, Skretting AS, Grieg Seafood ASA, Moreld Aqua AS, UiS, Fishglobe AS, Hauge Aqua Solutions AS, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering AS, NTNU, UiB, NMBU, Havforskningsinstituttet and Veterinærinstituttet.