Valley Voice – a column where our cluster members are in focus. This week we had a talk with the CEO of HTS Dynamics, Anders Dahlgren. Dahlgren states that the biggest opportunity of the future is Norway’s position in the energy transition.
1. What are you doing right now?
Just got back from a morning run in the sunny hills of Lier where I live. Nothing beats Lier in the summertime!
2. How is HTS Dynamics contributing to the energy transition?
Our mission is to shape the Norwegian Industrial Adventure through People, Planet, and Technology, and we have used the pandemic to transform HTS Dynamics into a pure subsea technology firm with a strong focus on subsea renewables going forward. We are also working on decreasing our own carbon footprint in order to contribute to a more sustainable value chain for the industry.
3. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in the future?
In my view, the opportunities are outstanding, and Norway is probably one of the best-positioned countries in the world with regards to the energy transition. However, it requires that we fully embrace the possibilities that lie within people, the planet, and technology. In other words, companies that combine a strong Industry 4.0 agenda with sustainability and trust-based work culture, should be considered front runners in this game.
4. What keeps you awake at night with regards to the energy transition?
Not much really. I believe the possibilities clearly outweigh the challenges here. Yet, it baffles me that some people don’t seem to see the competitive advantage that lies within sustainability and decreasing your carbon footprint. I believe your carbon footprint is going to be a core driver for competitiveness in this game.
5. What is most valuable about being a member of Energy Valley?
HTS Dynamics has been an Energy Valley member for several years, and it has been a valuable arena for showcasing what we do, meeting people, and getting up to speed on new technology and trends. Personally, I really enjoy the CEO forum. It’s a great place to meet up with industry colleagues.
6. Is there any book that has inspired you in the way you lead?
Quite a few I guess. I’m a Simon Sinek fan, so both «Start With Why» and «Leaders Eat Last» are great reads. Right now I’m reading «A Promised Land» by Barrack Obama, which I think offers great insight into how to maneuver in a challenging environment. However, if I were to pick one I’d say «Good to Great» by Jim Collins. We actually used the principles in the book to transform the company last year, and it has become a somewhat mandatory read for all leaders at HTS Dynamics.
7. Which Energy Valley member do you want to pass the baton on to?
I’d like to pass it on to Alexander Fuglesang in FSubsea, who I think does a great job.
Thank you, Anders!