By Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE
Offshore wind, both fixed and floating installations, is the most mature of all newer ocean-based markets, and it represent huge global business opportunities for our cluster.
Most of the offshore wind resources globally require floating solutions due to water depth. Several GCE NODE companies have already succeeded in entering this fast-growing offshore wind market. Some were also instrumental in the building of the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland.
Transfer of technology has been a strategic goal for GCE NODE since 2014. In addition to securing markets shares in existing markets, it has been vital to identify technology and solutions that can contribute to cost reductions and more environmentally friendly and safer operations in other ocean-based industries.
The cluster has worked systematically to encourage its companies to engage in research and innovation in order to position themselves as suppliers to these emerging national and global markets. It has been a strategic decision to utilize the downturn in the oil and gas and maritime industries to explore new possibilities. International and national cooperation and funding has supported this development.
GCE NODE is an industry-driven cluster for ocean technology. True, we are traditionally labelled an “oil and gas cluster”, but the development in the last five years shows that the suppliers in our cluster have increased their focus and investments in new ocean-based industries.
Based on 50 years of experience from developing world-class technology and competence to the maritime and oil and gas sector on the Norwegian Shelf and for international markets, we do know the ocean. We have experience and competence to deliver solutions and equipment that can withstand extreme weather, great depths, harsh environment – and still operate in a safe and environmentally friendly manner within a framework of very stringent requirements for emissions to air and water.
In other words, we are highly qualified to take part in all ocean-based markets, such as aquaculture, seabed mining, geothermal energy and offshore wind. You can read more about all these markets in the next pages.