A technology cluster engineering the energy future 


NCE Energy Technology

NCE Energy Technology is a development project to accelerate the energy transformation and foster unique cross-industry collaborations to create value and advance innovative technologies in energy and beyond.

Addressing the grand challenge of energy sustainability facing the world, many of the largest, international industry companies serving the global energy market are currently in transition, officially supporting the Paris Agreement and stating goals for reducing CO2 emissions and other contributions to a greener, low-carbon energy future.

This reality calls for innovation and advanced technology development for cost-effective, sustainable production of natural resources and a transformation of the energy industry. To Energy Valley this represents a unique opportunity to strengthen and develop Norway’s leading position as an energy nation, and contribute to a sustainable energy future.

The NCE-project will operate through 4 strategic focus areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Accelerating Innovation
  • Digital Transformation
  • New Markets & Technology Transfer

SME climate roadmap

Project chair: Bjørn Haugland, EVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, DNV GL 

Several of the largest operator companies in Norway and Energy Valley have committed to the Paris-agreement. For the SMEs of the cluster, this means new requirements and specifications in tenders, but also new opportunities. The flagship project will focus on uniting the large companies and the SMEs, and agree on common requirements for environment and sustainability. This will lower transactions costs in the supply chain, and stimulate development of new environmental technologies for global export.

SME Digital Transformation

Project chair: Morten Dalsmo, EVP Sintef Digital & Chair Digital21

Several of the largest system integrators in Energy Valley, like DNV GL, Aker BP, Statoil, Kongsberg Digital, Sintef Digital and more, are developing digital platforms for new digital services. This development will accelerate when the SMEs join with new perspectives and digital maturity. The flagship project targets the need for structured collaboration in digital platforms.

Energy Tech Accelerator

Project chair: Jens Festervoll, Senior Adviser, Equinor

Techstars, one of the world-leading accelerator programs and networks supporting entrepreneurs in commercializing technologies, is establishing an energy focused accelerator in Norway. The cluster’s large member base and infrastructure is an opportunity to help Norwegian startups into the program, as well as attracting international startups to the region. Energy Valley can take the position as a unique proving ground for new technology and solutions, as well as a recruiting arena for program mentors.

For more information, contact Project Manager Katrine Vetlesen

Bluetech Ocean Cleanup

Project chair: Asgeir Sørensen, professor and director, NTNU AMOS

The strategy process identified several cluster members with technology, knowledge and competence relevant for other sectors outside energy. This flagship project is an initiative to stimulate and accelerate cross- overs between industries. Ocean plastics is a global challenge -and an opportunity for the cluster members. In collaboration with several SMEs, NTNU AMOS and an international research partner, the project will map subsea technologies with potential for transfer, stimulate development of new solutions and contribute to generating jobs and value creation based on an increased demand for environmental technologies.

For more information, contact Project Manager Katrine Vetlesen