Norway's Minister of Trade and Industry, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, announced the opening of the Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre (OINC), a new centre to focus on development of new solutions for green growth within the ocean industries. The announcement was made on the sidelines of Siva conference in Trondheim on 5 June, where the minister announced three new catapult centres.
Namely, OINC will be a test, simulation and visualisation centre where excellent expertise, infrastructure and network will be available for the ocean industries. The catapult centre will receive about 40 million NOK in support to first phase through the Norwegian Catapult programme. The total budget of the centre is about 84 million NOK.
OIC is a consortium consisting of Bergen Teknologioverføring (BTO), GCE Subsea, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster, Prototech, Stiftelsen Industrilaboratoriet (ILAB), University of Bergen, DNV GL and Marineholmen Forskningspark. OIC has establish collaboration with a wide range of national and international leading companies, research institutes and test centres. Inge Ådland, Senior Business Developer in BTO, said:
"The objective is faster sustainable blue growth through efficient prototyping and verification of new solutions for the ocean industries. OINC will contribute to the competence building both internal in the companies attending in the centre, and through the education program from the research and development partners in the project."
OINC will help companies to move faster from the idea stage to the market. The target group is especially small and medium-sized businesses across the country, but also larger companies and research and development environments.
The main location of the centre will be in Bergen, with collaboration and availability for the global ocean innovation community.