A record-breaking 22 new Centers for Research-based Innovation (CRI) have been granted funding. GCE NODE supports four of them.

The Research Council of Norway awarded NOK 2.1 billion to a surprisingly large number of CRIs recently. GCE NODE supports four of the centers.

DigiWells: Digital Well Center for Value Creation, Competitiveness and Minimum Environmental Footprint. DigiWells mission is to develop knowledge and digital solutions to contribute to a competitive Norwegian Continental Shelf. Research is aimed at ensuring profitability while reducing carbon emissions.

Swipa: Centre for Subsurface Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment. More than 3,000 wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are to be plugged when production is completed. Costs are estimated at NOK 800 billion. One of Swipa’s goals is to cut costs in half.

Blues: Floating Structures for the Next Generation Ocean Industries. Blues aims to make Norwegian industry capable of developing, building and operating floating constructions for future demand within renewable energy, aquaculture and coastal infrastructure.

Smart Ocean: Flexible and cost-effective monitoring for management of a healthy and productive ocean. Ocean industries represent a huge potential for global growth, but the health of world oceans is at stake, locally and on a global scale. There is an urgent need for improved monitoring, understanding and fact-based management of the underwater environment, resources and operations.

“We are excited to be associated with these four centers and we will closely examine how GCE NODE best can put our resources to use when the centers are established,” says Høye Høyesen, CEO of GCE NODE.