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Opening doors for cooperation at Tech Thursday

Mingling with safe distance at the first Tech Thursday event. From left: Katrine Vetlesen, VP, Energy Innovation and Programs, Dr. Nenad Keseric, COO of Ocean Sun and Terje Osmundsen, CEO of Empower New Energy. Foto: Linea Bancel
By Linea Bancel|Published 25 January 2022|Category: News

Both in-house and external companies met up at Snarøyveien 20 at Fornebu to learn more about Energy Invented, Capgemini Invent, and Ocean Sun at the kick-off for Energy Invented’s Tech Thursday. 

– The event represents an excellent arena to present and discuss the latest technology development contributing to the energy transition. It is important to bring technology closer to the public. In the first place to potential investors, customers, cooperation partners, and finally to politicians that can support this unique Norwegian technology both in Norway but also to export worldwide, says COO of Ocean Sun Dr. Nenad Keseric.

At Tech Thursdays companies are invited to present their energy technologies and innovations in 10-15 minute presentations. Each session is dedicated to one company, the presentations will focus on technology, innovation, and business development followed by Q&A. Ocean Sun was the first company out to present their floating solar technology.

VP of Energy Innovation & Programs Katrine Vetlesen gave an introduction to the Energy Invented platform. Photo: Linea Bancel

Representatives from amongst other Aker BP, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, Empower New Energy, Gevir Group, and Christian Berner were present at the event.

Triggering interest 

Ocean Sun, represented by COO Dr. Nenad Keseric, presented their core innovation, a floating power system with solar panels mounted on a thin hydroelastic membrane, as well as current and future projects.

– The presentation triggered a lot of interest from major energy companies in Ocean Sun’s floating solar technology. This can open the door for cooperation. We received positive feedback from other Norwegian companies that we already are cooperating with, but also a lot of possibilities for establishing cooperation with consultants like Capgemini, HR companies, and eventually others in the supply chain, says Keseric.

Dr. Nenad Keseric, COO of Ocean Sun presenting their innovative technology. Photo: Linea Bancel

Being present 

Capgemini Invent, Energy Invented‘s strategic partner, was also present to introduce themselves to the companies participating at the event and gave a short presentation about what they can offer the companies connected to the innovation platform.

– Our partnership with Energy Valley is an important part of our investment in energy transition, and we experience having a lot to contribute in dialogue with the growth companies Energy Invented represents. With the long home office period we have been in, it is important to meet the companies face to face to show who we are and what we can contribute with, says Director of Capgemini Invent Sigurd Knapstad.

Helping companies grow 

Capgemini Invent is involved in Energy Invented to help develop the concept and the companies connected to the platform. The collaboration gives access to valuable knowledge from the consultants who work with exciting and industry relevant projects, in which they transfer know-how to the Energy Invented network.

The innovative power of Energy Invented lies largely in the unique network of start-up companies and industry partners. That is why having meeting places where you can learn, get to know, and be inspired by each other is so important, says Knapstad. 

The knowledge and expertise of Capgemini Invent’s consultants can help companies with organizational development, technology, market assessments, and market access,  and in that way, they can also help the companies expand and reach global markets.

The consultants from Capgemini Invent, from left: Victoria Somdalen, Senior Manager Camille Juguet, and Director Sigurd Knapstad presented the services they provide for the companies connected to Energy Invented. Photo: Linea Bancel

Good energy 

– It was very nice to meet some people again – it gives you energy, says VP of Energy Innovating & Programs at Energy Valley Katrine Vetlesen.

– It was very inspiring to hear Nenad and Ocean Sun talk about the possibilities with their technology, and it was noticed on the energy among the participants that many appreciated meeting physically again in a safe environment. So I’m really looking forward to the next Tech Thursday! Says Director of Capgemini Invent Sigurd Knapstad.

The next Tech Thursday will be on February 3 where Daniel Miravalles, Head of Business Development at Energy Valley will give a short presentation about his experience from Aker Solutions and working with subsea compression. Sign up for the event here.