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Monica Mæland, at the time Norway’s Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, officially opened Corvus Energy's new battery factory in Bergen last year. The region is well-suited to welcome further investments into battery manufacturing.

Greater Bergen could become battery manufacturing hotspot

The Nordic countries are seeing a rise in battery manufacturing, and Greater Bergen is well-placed to benefit from this.

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This world-leading, North Sea test centre holds the future for floating wind

Wind farms at sea will help Europe to wean itself off fossil fuels. Now, companies flock to Norway to test their turbines at the Karmøy test centre.

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Mongstad could act as a “hydrogen hub” – new report

A new report has stated that Mongstad could become a hotspot for the sustainable industries in the next few years.

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Professor Christoph Trattner, Head of Bergen’s new Media Futures research centre. Media Futures is one of six Centres for Research-Driven Innovation to be established in the city. Photo © University of Bergen.

Bergen gains SIX new research centres

A crop of new research centres in Bergen will help to make our oceans smarter, support better mental health, and even combat fake news.

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(L-R): Siren Sundland from Sparebanken Vest, together with Hans Kleivdal and Marte Haave from NORCE in Bergen. NORCE's new microplastics research centre will bring in experts from around the world. Photo © Andreas Graven, NORCE.

New centre for microplastics research in Bergen

A new research centre in Bergen will be taking a closer look at ocean microplastics, and the risks they pose to our environment and human health.

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Norway's oil and gas companies are branching out into new sustainable industries such as wind power, wave power and advanced aquaculture. Illustration © Equinor

Discover western Norway’s exciting energy industry

We’re launching a new magazine this week, where you can find out about the latest developments in the Norwegian energy industry.

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The 2020s will be an important decade for lowering shipping emissions, according to industry leaders.

Experts reveal what's next for clean shipping

What's on the horizon for the zero-emissions shipping industry? Industry leaders revealed their predictions during our recent webinar.

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“Even in times of crisis, we need to support businesses that are working with innovation and development,” explains Nina Broch Mathisen, Regional Director of Innovation Norway’s Vestland County office.

Covid-19 crisis: extra funding for Norwegian businesses

The Norwegian government has announced new measures to support innovative companies during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Get 'hands-on' with the Seafood Next programme. Photo © Norwegian Seafood Council / Marius Fiskum

Launching a new course for seafood professionals

Do you work in the seafood industry? If so, a new course could help you to improve your skills and boost your career.

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These new cargo ships could soon be delivering hydrogen fuel to ports along Norway's coastline. Photo © Wilhelmsen.

New hydrogen facility at Mongstad

A group of companies are planning to build a new hydrogen facility in Greater Bergen, in order to produce clean fuel to Norway’s shipping industry.

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TechnipFMC is developing the technology to produce and store clean hydrogen at sea. Photo © TechnipFMC

Norwegian hydrogen technology can lower emissions

How can hydrogen help to drive sustainability? We spoke to energy services company TechnipFMC to find out.

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Western Norway is the perfect place to develop floating wind technology, according to Gunnar Birkeland from UNITECH Energy Group.

We can solve Europe's wind energy puzzle

The EU is falling behind on its targets for wind power. These two projects in western Norway could help.

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When first phase is complete, Norway’s Northern Lights facility will receive and store 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year, making this one of the largest carbon capture and storage projects in the world.

Inside Europe’s largest CCS project at CCB Energy Park

Norway, through the Northern Lights Project (consisting of Equinor, Shell and Total), is planning to capture, transport and store large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) subsea, under the Norwegian Continental Shelf – here’s what you need to know.

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These industrial parks lead the way for a circular economy

Industrial parks make it easier for companies to share resources. Now, Norway is seizing the opportunities for energy sharing, carbon capture and new enterprises.

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Advanced sensor technology, coupled with big data, is having a huge impact on the ocean industries.

Technology at the deep end

How do you keep your equipment in good condition, when it’s at the bottom of the ocean? Oil service company OneSubsea has the answer.

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Geir Arne Solheim (left) from Havkraft and Inge Bakke from Waveco believe the wave energy industry is poised for major growth.

Wave energy companies show huge potential

This could be the decade when wave energy finally grows up. We spoke to two innovative companies in western Norway about their future plans.

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Interested in setting up your company in Norway?

These days, many companies are interested in establishing themselves in Norway. It’s not easy to find your way in a new country, so we've made an interactive guide for how to do this.

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Engineers working in the cleanroom at Prototech in Bergen. The company is making its facilities available to other businesses in the ocean industries, as a part of the Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre. Photo © Prototech.

Welcome to the subsea sharing economy

In western Norway, innovative schemes are making it easier for small companies to enter the ocean industries.

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Over the last few weeks we have had several interesting inquiries from companies who regard Greater Bergen as an interesting place for their next move, says Vidar Totland (left), Tone Hartvedt and Ben  Steele in Invest in Bergen.

We are open for business

The whole world is having a hard time coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, people and companies are trying to look for opportunities that will come on the other side of COVID-19.

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Renewable energy flows through Norway

Norway is primarily powered by hydropower. Norwegian innovators are, however, also developing other renewables and the technology to make them work.

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Tarald Kleppa Øvrebø checks on ShrimpVision's first batch of king prawns, at the High Technology Centre in Bergen.

Bergen shrimp farmers are aiming big

These young shrimp farmers from Bergen are taking on the giants of Asia and South America, by focusing on quality and sustainability.

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The NO-UK cable, running between Newcastle and Stavanger, will help to make Norway's fibre network faster and more resilient.

Work begins on game-changing NO-UK cable

Construction has started on a new undersea cable that will link the UK and western Norway, providing a boost for data centres in the Greater Bergen region.

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Mongstad Industrial Park wants to become the “green spot” of Norway, by offering favourable conditions for sustainable businesses.

Seeking fresh companies for huge industrial park

One of Norway’s largest industrial parks has launched a new online platform, and is encouraging new companies to join its vibrant business environment.

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Catch us at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum!

The world’s largest seafood business conference will be coming to Bergen next month, and of course Invest in Bergen will be attending. We hope to meet you there.

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Viking Energy will be the first ever ship fitted with clean ammonia fuel cell technology.

New funding for zero-emissions supply ship

Equinor and partners have received €10m in EU funding to build the world’s first zero-emissions supply ship.

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Establishing 12 datacentres in Greater Bergen could provide 12,000 new jobs, 54 billion NOK in investment, and 2.8 billion NOK in added value. This was the conclusion of a report presented recently by Caroline Wang Gierloff (second left) on behalf of Menon Economics and COWI. From left: Tore Mong from GreenByte, and Tone Hartvedt and Vidar Totland from Invest in Bergen.

Report: Data centres can be big business for Greater Bergen

A new report has revealed how the data centre industry could bring billions of kroners, as well as thousands of new jobs, to the Bergen region in future.

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Clean, hydrogen-powered fast ferries could soon be travelling up and down the Norwegian coast. Here is one design for what these vessels could look like, produced by Brødrene Aa. Photo © Brødrene Aa.

Historic step for zero-carbon shipping

A new generation of climate-friendly passenger vessels will soon be serving the Norwegian coast.

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Stronger together: the University of Bergen (UiB), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and NORCE have joined together to create Energiomstilling VEST. Pictured (R-L): Gunnar Eskeland (NHH), Jens Kristian Fosse (HVL), Kristin Guldbrandsen Frøysa (UiB), Aina Margrethe Berg (NORCE), Geir Anton Johansen (HVL), Leif K. Sandal (NHH) og Gunn Mangerud (UiB). Photo © Jens H. Ådnanes, UiB

Universities launch new partnership for clean energy

Academics in Greater Bergen have launched a new partnership, aimed at helping the world to shift to clean energy sources such as solar and wind.

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12 datasentre i Bergensregionen kan gi sysselsetting til 12 000, omsetning på 54 milliarder og 2,8 milliarder i verdiskaping. Det kom frem under presentasjonen av datasenterrapporten «Nye muligheter for Bergensregionen», som Caroline Wang Gierløff (to fra venstre) presenterte på vegne av Menon og Cowi. Fra venstre Tore Mong fra Greenbyte, Tone Hartvedt og Vidar Totland fra Invest in Bergen.

Omsetning på 54 mrd og verdiskaping på 2,8 mrd

Det kan bli resultatet hvis ambisjonen om å bygge ut 12 datasentre i Bergensregionen i perioden 2020 til 2035 blir en realitet. I dette ligger det også en forventning om totalt 12 000 sysselsatte i industrien i perioden.

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The new cable, running between Newcastle and Stavanger, will help to make Norway's fibre network faster and more resilient.

UK-Norway cable will be “door opener” for data centres

A new undersea cable will soon link the UK and western Norway, providing a boost for data centres in the Greater Bergen region.

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From left: Trond Helge Hansen from Ocean Rim, Mimmi Throne-Holst from SINTEF Ocean, Christian Testman from Ocean Visuals (NOSCA Chairman), Hildur Smáradottir from Miros (NOSCA board member), Geir Christian Helgesen from FRAMO (NOSCA board member), and NOSCA Clean Oceans cluster leader Eirik Langeland.

Bergen cluster wants to be world leader on ocean plastic

A new business cluster in Bergen wants to take a leading role in cleaning up plastic in our oceans.

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Norwegian company REGN Datacenters are planning to build a new data centre in Samnanger, which will be powered by sustainable hydroelectric energy.

Data centre project celebrates important milestone

Plans for a new data centre in the Bergen region passed an important milestone recently, as politicians gave their approval to zoning plans for the area.

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John Fitzgerald is developing a new type of fish cage that will allow salmon producers to move out into the open ocean.

Irish engineer could solve Norway’s problems

An engineer from Dublin may have a solution to some of the challenges facing Norwegian salmon farmers.

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Brian Reddy (left) from the startup company Kinnva, together with Ben Steele from Invest in Bergen.

Singapore startup sets up a new branch in Bergen

Kinnva is the latest company to move to our region, with the help of the team at Invest in Bergen.

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Apprentice Sander Kjeseth Rath (left), Rasmus F. Wille, vice president of the Mongstad plant, Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for Marketing, Midstream & Processing in Equinor, and Kjell-Børge Freiberg, minister of Petroleum and Energy, with a sample of oil from the Johan Sverdrup field. Photo © Jannike Steindal Nordanger

A North Sea giant comes ashore at Mongstad

Excited workers gathered at Mongstad recently to tap the first oil from the massive Johan Sverdrup field.

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Big step for Norway as a data centre nation

“This is a big day for us. Norway has ambitions as a data centre nation”, said the Minister of Digitalisation Nicolai Astrup, at the Havfrue fibre launch party in Kristiansand.

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Hogne Andersen (left) and Mats Heigre from Dynaspace, with a model of a satellite that could provide better data to the shrimp farming industry.

Measuring shrimp farms from space

Two young founders are taking a new look at the shrimp farming industry – from 800km above the earth’s surface.

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Photo © Shane Stagner / Unsplash

Seaweed: a fast-growing resource for future nutrition

Norwegian companies are exploring how to exploit seaweed as a food for tomorrow.

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A million square feet of industrial land has been opened up for development in the Mongstad region.

Mongstad region aims for green growth

Local authorities are opening up new areas of land in the Mongstad region of western Norway, and are aiming to attract green companies to the region.

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Wind energy can be Norway's next major export industry. Photo © Equinor / Svein Bjørtomt

Equinor to build “world’s largest wind farm” in UK

Equinor and its British partner SSE have won a contract to develop what they are calling “the world’s largest wind farm” off the UK coast.

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Algae can be used as foodstuffs for humans, ingredients for fish and animal feed, or for biogas production. Photo © AlgaePro AS

Algae: a sustainable, circular resource for the future

Norwegian companies are exploring the multifaceted potential of algae – an easy to grow, incredibly versatile resource – to achieve a circular economy and a sustainable future.

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Kollsnes industrial park in Greater Bergen could be the site of a new hydrogen plant. Photo © Equinor / Helge Hansen

Plans to create clean hydrogen in Greater Bergen

Two companies have signed an agreement to produce clean hydrogen in the Bergen region.

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Innovationsuken OPP, or “Innovation Week”, brings together entrepreneurs, industry leaders and investors to spark off new ideas.

Thousands take part in innovation week

More than 3,000 guests are taking part in over 70 events this week in order to drive greater innovation in western Norway.

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Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg stated that the oceans will be key to meeting future global challenges, at a conference that took place in Bergen yesterday. Photo © THE OCEAN, ToveLise Mossestad.

Erna Solberg kicks off ocean conference in Bergen

Visitors heard about floating wind turbines and high tech fish farms at a new conference that took place in Bergen yesterday.

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Kitemill has developed kites that can fly up to 1,500 metres into the sky, providing a cheaper and more effective way of capturing wind energy.

Green energy company soars to new heights

A green energy company from Greater Bergen has gained new wind in its sails after receiving €2.4 million in EU funding.

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Monica Mæland, Norway’s Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, officially opened Corvus Energy's new factory as part of a special ceremony on Thursday (5 September).

Welcome to Bergen, Corvus Energy

The team at Invest in Bergen celebrated the opening of Corvus Energy’s new high tech factory in Bergen last week, after helping the company to move to Norway.

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We'll be spreading the word about Greater Bergen's seafood industry at Aqua Nor 2019.

We’ll be making a splash at Aqua Nor! Meet us there

The Invest in Bergen team will be attending Aqua Nor 2019 from 20-23 August. We hope to see you there!

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The first major CCS scheme in Europe could soon be up and running.

Europe’s largest CCS project – here’s what you need to know

Norway is planning to build one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) schemes. When it’s complete, the project will capture and store nearly a million tonnes of CO2 per year.

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Harald Sveier, CEO of Ocean Forest (left), together with Anders Karlsson-Drangsholt from Bellona. Photo © Lerøy

Using fish waste in new ways

One of the world's largest seafood companies is exploring a new way of farming, which could help to make aquaculture much more sustainable.

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Members of the consortium laying down the digital foundation stone for Bergen's new Cognitive Center. From left: Anne Jacobsen (NCE Media), Björgolfur Hávardsson (NCE Seafood Innovation), Håvard Myklebust (NCE Media/Fonn Group), Håkon Pettersen (City of Bergen), Loek Wredenberg (IBM), Geir Mikalsen (Bergen Chamber).

New center to boost Greater Bergen’s AI skills

A new center is aiming to bring vital expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) to the Bergen region.

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A new project is using artificial intelligence to combat sea lice in the Norwegian fjords. Photo © Nyhetstjenester / FHL

Norway's fish farmers are fighting sea lice with technology

Fish farmers in Norway are using some very special technology to fight the spread of parasites.

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Researcher Arne Duinker believes that we need to be eating a wider range of ingredients from our seas and oceans. Photo © Erlend A. Lorentzen/Havforskningsinstituttet

Would you swap your beef steak for a seaweed salad?

Earlier this year, a group of marine scientists took over the Lysverket restaurant in Bergen. Working with expert chefs, the scientists from the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) served up a mouth-watering menu of unusual fish and sea creatures.

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Hege Kallestad and Kjell Ove Skarsbø from TV 2 talking about their digital transformation journey. Photo: NCE Media

“Future Week” brings e-sports and augmented reality to Bergen

Bergen took a trip to the future recently, with the launch of a new event in the city centre.

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Kristin Helen Andersen, VP of IT at G2 Ocean, together with Leif Arne Strømmen, G2 Ocean’s VP of Innovation.

Uncharted waters: an interview with G2 Ocean

“Shipping companies can succeed in a new, digital world. To do so, they must look outside of their own industry.”

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Tone Hartvedt from Invest in Bergen says that The Ocean will be a space to work together on common problems, and spark off new ideas.

An exciting arena for new, blue ideas

Bergen and the western part of Norway are taking a lead in developing new, sustainable technology for the future, across the ocean industries.

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The Norwegian company Norled is building the world's first liquid hydrogen ferry, pictured.

New report predicts soaring demand for hydrogen in shipping

A new report has estimated that in coming years, western Norway’s shipping industry could be consuming as much as 105,000 tons of liquid hydrogen a year.

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We are looking forward to seeing you at Nor-Shipping 2019. And perhaps we also meet the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon? He visited the exhibition 2019. Photo: Nor-Shipping

Meet us at Nor-Shipping!

The Invest in Bergen team will be heading to Nor-Shipping 2019, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. You’ll find us at C04-36.

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A Bergen-based company, Salmoncuts, is aiming to cut down on waste in the seafood industry.

These founders want you to eat more salmon

Two Norwegian entrepreneurs want to change the way we think about salmon offcuts.

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The publication focuses on the latest exciting trends within the region, such as the move towards clean energy and greater digitalization.

New magazine shows off Norway’s shipping success

Western Norway’s shipping industry is being celebrated in a new online magazine.

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Two mobility hubs are already in operation in Bergen, and eight to nine others will soon be opened.

Bergen leads the way for shared mobility in Norway

In the cities of the future, it will not be possible for everyone to drive their own car. But, according to the City of Bergen, it does not mean that a city centre must be car-free.

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Norway's seafood industry is feeding the world.

Feeding the population of Canada every day

Norway produces a staggering 37 million seafood meals each day for the world.

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Norwegian companies take petroleum technology into renewable industries

The Norwegian offshore industry has given rise to some of the world’s leading maritime clusters. Now many of these are steering towards sustainability.

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The ships of tomorrow will look very different to the cruise liners of today.

What your cruise ship could look like in 2030 [video]

The cruise ships of the future could feature massive solar “sails”.

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Bryton Shang believes that the Greater Bergen region has a lot to offer startups.

Bergen and Silicon Valley – the perfect match

Greater Bergen should hold onto its unique strengths, according to one Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

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Tone Hartvedt at GreenByte, pictured with John Glette at BKK Digitek.

European network access now easier than ever

Greater Bergen’s main utility company has agreed a new deal that will make it easier than ever for data centers to connect to European fibre networks.

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Egil Ulvan Rederi's LNG-electric cargo ship.

Cleaner coastlines with green shipping

Although shipping is the most efficient mode of cargo transport, international shipping emitted 932 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015. If treated as a country, it would have been the sixth largest emitter, just above Germany.

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Invest in Bergen met some of the players who are turning the town of Voss into an innovation hotspot. From the right: Alexander Solstad Ringheim, Invertapro; Thomas Hårklau, Kitemill; Hanne Heggen Hedenstad, Voss Business Park; Voss Mayor Hans Erik Ringkjøb, Svein Erik Aldal, Voss Business Park, Vidar Totland and Tone Hartvedt from Invest in Bergen

Adventure resort looks to new heights

Big things are happening in the small town of Voss, known as Norway’s adventure sports capital.

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Say hello to a new meeting place for the ocean industries in Greater Bergen.

Coming soon - a new arena for the ocean industries

THE OCEAN is a new meeting arena for sharing knowledge, cooperation and development of technology across the blue industries.

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Terje W. Gilje, the CEO of BOB BBL (far right), together with Anders Brekke, the company's Head of Business Development (middle).

New business cluster wants to change how you live

A new business cluster in Bergen is aiming to change how we buy, sell, build and manage our homes and offices.

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The company CO2Bio is developing more sustainable fish feed, using waste carbon dioxide. The company's CEO, Svein M Nordvik (pictured), explains how the process works.

Turning our carbon emissions into fish feed

A Norwegian company is using waste carbon dioxide to grow a very special crop.

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Andreas Morland has said that investors are

“Investment is at a completely new level”, says Bergen startup

According to one startup in the Bergen region, the city’s investment scene has never been more active.

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The NASF event in Bergen brings together around 800 seafood professionals from 30 countries.

Visiting the North Atlantic Seafood Forum? Here are some top tips

The North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) is the largest seafood business meet up in the world.

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Bryton Shang (pictured) and his team are developing software that can count the sea lice on farmed salmon, as well as measuring biomass and fish appetite.

Tomorrow’s fish farms may run themselves

Bryton Shang, a start-up founder from Silicon Valley, is on a mission to make Norway’s fish farms work better.

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The Kokstad Vest project involves building a data center, along with a new indoor arena and business park, on the outskirts of Bergen.

Bergen data centre project takes big step forwards

Plans for a new data centre and sustainable energy network in Bergen took a big step forward this month after the city’s top politicians recommended the scheme for approval.

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Cruise companies and other major industry players took part in a workshop in Bergen, to discuss the industry's climate impact.

Major cruise lines aiming to cut carbon emissions

The global cruise industry is now charting a new course, after the world’s largest cruise lines gathered in Bergen to discuss reducing their carbon emissions.

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Einar Wathne, Chairman of the NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster, and Tanja Hoel, the cluster's Managing Director, recently launched the organization's new strategy for 2019-2021.

“Match-making” service for Bergen seafood start-ups

Seafood start ups in the Bergen region could soon benefit from a match-making service, which will help them to find potential investors.

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The North Atlantic Seafood Forum will be coming to Bergen from 5-7 March.

Invest in Bergen is attending North Atlantic Seafood Forum

It’s called the world’s largest seafood business conference, and of course Invest in Bergen will be attending. We hope to meet you there.

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Ole Angell (left) and Lars Halvorsen from Semco Maritime.

Plans to create green energy from wind and waves

A company from Greater Bergen is partner in a project developing a new type of offshore windmill, which combines wind and wave power to generate renewable energy.

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Go-ahead for carbon storage project in North Sea

The Norwegian government has just given the go-ahead for a new, ground breaking project to store carbon dioxide gas under the North Sea.

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LMG Marin will deliver two battery hybrid ferries for London's Woolwich Ferry crossing. Photo © LMG Marin

Bergen companies team up on London electric ferry project

Companies from Bergen have worked together to deliver a pair of new, high tech ferries that will operate on London’s River Thames.

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Save the date – new ocean conference coming to Bergen!

Working in one of the ocean industries? Then you’ll want to pencil 17 September 2019 into your diary.

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Breaking down barriers with new network for women. From left: Annette Stephansen (NORCE), Katinka Bratland (BTO), Mona Leirgulen (BTO) and Marit Eggen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)).

New network for women in sea and energy sectors

Women in the sea and energy sectors in western Norway have now gained a new network for career development.

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IKM Technology performs testing at the new Sustainable Energy centre in western Norway.

Western Norway gains new green energy test centre

Businesses in western Norway recently welcomed the launch of a new clean energy testing centre that will help them to become more competitive.

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The Norwegian transport sector puts climate in the driving seat

The transportation sector is in transition all across the world. Norway has already come far in exploring sustainable solutions.

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Changing how seafood reaches your plate

It’s common knowledge that fish is good for you, and that we should include more of it in our diets. However, what you probably didn’t know is the story of how that fish reaches your dinner table.

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Fantastic day in Greater Bergen for Serge Buy (left). Here together with the ones behind the brand new electric ferry Husavik: Håvard Frøland, Corvus; Stein Ruben Larsen, Norwegian Electric System and Lars Conradi Andersen from Havyard.

Looking for clean ferry solutions

Canada is looking for the state of the art when it comes to zero emission solutions for ferries. Serge Buy from the Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) found answers in Greater Bergen.

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World-leading business group launches new identity

One of Greater Bergen’s business clusters, GCE Subsea, will soon be getting a brand new identity.

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Pop star gets inspiration from Bergen

Does Bergen make you happy? If so, you’re not the only one. Dance music star Kygo has just released a new music video that celebrates Bergen and its surroundings.

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Norway's Trolltunga beauty spot has become famous around the world. Photo © Sveinung Klyve / www.fjordnorway.com

Small companies have made Trolltunga a success

Until recently, the Trolltunga lookout spot received only a trickle of visitors each year, most of them coming from the surrounding Hardanger region of Norway.

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Seafood startups from the Hatch accelerator programme on their visit to Bergen

Seafood startups make a splash in Bergen

The large room at the back of Bergen’s Marineholmen building is a hive of activity.

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From left: Atle Sivertsen, Jan Erik Kjerpeseth, Stig Frode Opsvik, Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Bent Gjendem, Rea Parashar and Simen Armond.

Celebrating a new centre of expertise in finance

It’s been barely a year since Bergen’s financial technology cluster was established, yet Finance Innovation has just received formal recognition as a Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE).

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The Mayor of Bergen, Marte Mjøs Persen, officially opens Bergen's new fintech incubator. Photo © Marthe Sivertsen, Finance Innovation

Bergen welcomes new fintech incubator

The Bergen region has just seen the launch of a new startup incubator with a difference.

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Norway, The Silicon Valley of the sea, says Reuters.

Norway: The Silicon Valley of the sea

In this article, Reuters are focusing on Norway’s ambitious plans for producing even more fish in the future. Norway has a leading position within salmon-farming, and Greater Bergen is the place to be if you want to be part of the industry.

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Norway’s subsea industry looks to new frontiers

Invest in Bergen met up with Owe Hagesæther, CEO of the GCE Subsea business cluster, to talk about the future of Norway’s subsea sector.

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Successful incubator will boost Bergen’s startup scene

Bergen’s startup environment will be getting a major boost next year, with the arrival of a business incubator that has already proven its formula for success.

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Energy to OG facility. Photo © TechnipFMC

New technology could make Norway’s oil and gas cleaner

The Norwegian oil and gas industry could be getting cleaner, thanks to a project that aims to store renewable energy under the sea.

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John Constantino (left) and Tony Chen, co-founders of aquaculture health company Manolin.

“There is no other place in the world like Bergen,” says start-up founder

The co-founder of one of Bergen’s newest aquaculture companies has stated that the city’s seafood ecosystem is unique around the world.

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Two centres will provide resources and testing facilities to firms in the Bergen region.

New catapult centres in Greater Bergen provide an ocean of possibilities

Two new catapult centres are being established in the Bergen region, which could bring exciting new possibilities for the area's maritime businesses.

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Waste CO2 from across Europe could be processed at Equinor's Kollsnes facility. (Photo © Helge Hansen / Equinor)

Greater Bergen could store CO2 for Europe

Could carbon from across Europe be stored in old oil wells in the North Sea? Equinor, together with Shell and Total, are currently exploring the possibilities on behalf of the Norwegian government.

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Norway's media companies bring robots and virtual reality to Amsterdam

Media companies from NCE Media with main office in Bergen, showed off robotic cameras, virtual reality and much more at an event in Amsterdam this week (13-18 September).

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Corvus with new factory in Bergen

Canadian-Norwegian energy storage solutions provider Corvus Energy expands battery production facilities in Vancouver, Canada and announces intentions to build a factory in Bergen, Norway. This is due to high demand for energy storage.

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The McKinsey Quarterly has dubbed Rumelt as a “Strategy’s Strategist,” and the Wall Street Journal has labeled him a “Guru”.

MCB Technology Conference

Save the dates June 21 and 22 for mcb tech .18, the first-ever Media City Bergen technology conference! None other than Richard Rumelt, Renowned Strategy Thought Leader, Business Professor and Author, will deliver the conference keynote.

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To glade karer etter at Regn Datacenters nå kan gå i gang med reguleringsplanarbeidet. Per Espen Edvardsen (t.v.) og Njaal Storeng gleder seg til neste fase.

Børdalen blir datasenterlokomotivet

– Børdalen er ett viktig skritt nærmere realisering av et høysikkert datasenter i Hordaland, etter at fylkesmannen har trukket innsigelsene til Kommuneplanens arealdel i Samnanger. Nå skal planene rulles ut så raskt som mulig.

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-  We are setting up a Norwegian company because of the possibilities of growing the company, says John Costantino (left) and Tony Chen

From USA to Bergen

– For us Bergen is the best place to be to develop our digital tools for aquaculture. Here in Bergen, we can easily meet with salmon companies, farms, and various government agencies all in the same place.

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The proud winner Jason Clark Fixed Phage to the right together with  Øystein Lie, NASF; Kristoffer Jordheim, Pareto Securities and Tanja Hoel NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster.

Innovation Award for fighting bacteria in aquaculture

In competition with 18 companies at Seafood Innovation Day NASF 2018, the seafood industry's own innovation award went to Scottish Innovation Company Fixed Phage, which develops products that can fight specific bacterial strains.

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Dette er Dale Fabrikker, som nå er på vei til å huse et nytt datasenter.

Datasenter etablert på Dale - flere kommer

Det første større internasjonale datasenteret har nå etablert seg i Bergensregionen. Det er de gamle lokalene til Dale fabrikker i Vaksdal kommune som har fått etableringen. Flere er på vei!

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11.7 Million Euros to all-electric passenger vessel

11.7 Million Euros is one of the largest amounts to have been awarded to a single project in the EU’s Horizon2020 research program, and the project will revolutionize Norwegian production of zero emission vessels.

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Engasjert i datasentre i Bergensregionen. Fra venstre  Hans Inge Gloppen og Bård Sandal, Hordaland fylkeskommune; Tone Hartvedt Invest in Bergen; Tore Mong prosjektleder for GreenByte; Ingrid von Streng Velken og Thor André Berg, BKK og Vidar Totland Invest in Bergen.

BKK, Hordaland fylkeskommune og Invest in Bergen sammen om datasentersatsing

Datasenterindustrien er i dag den raskest voksende kraftkrevende industrien på verdensbasis. Norge har mye grønn og billig kraft, dette er attraktivt for datasenteraktører verden over. Nå er GreenByte Data Center Sites etablert.

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This is Hatch, a new accelerator for aquaculture companies, just settled in Bergen.

New, blue accelerator

Hatch is a new exciting company that just has landed in Greater Bergen. They are keen on developing the ecosystem for innovation within the aquaculture industry, and are looking worldwide for companies wanting to scale their business.

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REGN Datacenter, Samnanger Municipality and Invest in Bergen were all present at the presentation of fibre cable NO-UK COM in London. The purpose was to find investors.

The future is electric

About 50 investors and people interested in fibre and data centres were gathered in the Norwegian embassy in London to get to know the Western Norwegian initiative for a new fibre cable to UK.

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This brochur is presenting the data centres in Grater Bergen.

Selling data centres in London

The data centre industry is growing fast, and it is expected that several new data centres will be established during the next years. Greater Bergen has a huge surplus of hydropower and attractive energy prices. Thursday 18 January we promote our data centre locations in London.

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Join us on our Seafood innovation day March 8 in Bergen, Norway and meet with exciting start-ups.

Seafood Innovation Day 2018

10 start-ups within the seafood sector have qualified to pitch their business ideas and participate in speed-dating with potential financial sources and partners at the Seafood Innovation Day at North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF). The Innovation Award has a value of NOK 250,000.

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Er det mulig å lande et datasenter i Bergensregionen og i Hordaland? Vi har laget mulighetsstudien.

Ambisjonen er å lande datasentre

Datasenterrapporten som Invest in Bergen akkurat har sluppet, konkluderer med at det er grunnlag for å jobbe videre med en felles regionambisjon om å få realisert ett eller flere datasentre i løpet av de første to til tre årene.

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Vidar Totland i Invest in Bergen viser frem den fiberkabelen som kan bli lagt til Storbritannia.

Hvis fremtiden er digital, trenger vi robust fibernett

Skal bilene bli førerløse, kjøleskap gi beskjed om at vi trenger melk og skal vi utvikle avansert robotteknologi, ja da trenger vi et fiberoptisk nett som fungerer, og lagringsplass for alle dataene.

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Hans Parnefält in Hardcruise in the front and Ove Wilhelmsen in Wärtsilä Ship Design are discussing how the can build environmentally friedly cruise boats for the Hardanger fjord.

Environmentally friendly cruise boats at Hardanger fjord

This can be the future solution for cruise boats at the famous Norwegian fjord. Just now, Wärtsilä and Hardcruise are developing a new concept for environmentally friendly cruise solutions.

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Norwegian companies within the ocean industries met with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore who has ambisious plans for the port.

Norwegian environmental technology showcased in Singapore

The Norwegian maritime cluster has a world-leading position within electrification, implementation of new energy carriers and technology that reduces emissions. These solutions are now exported to the rest of the world.

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Ten new companies have been accepted in the ACCEL programme.

Great success with ACCEL Seafood

ACCEL Seafood 2016 was a great succes. The entrepreneurs represent much of the innovative force of the industry. Our goal is to be an important driving force for providing new opportunities for the supply sector in Norway, and we have invited start-ups to join our 2017 ACCEL Seafood.

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Join The Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) in Bergen, Norway this summer. Great for new technology and for networking. Photo: UTC

Join The Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) in June

UTC is a widely recognised conference, which attracts participants from all parts of the petroleum community.

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Our new brochure presenting the businesses in Greater Bergen.

New brochure promoting businesses in Greater Bergen

We are proud to present a brand new brochure about the businesses in our region. Learn more about how to join the pioneers in technology and sustainability.

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There is a big seafood conference in Bergen 26-27 October. Main focus: sustainability.

Scaling up action on sustainability

"A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed to nourish today’s 765 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050" — UN Sustainable Development Goal #2

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Innovasjonsuken OPP 25. til 30. september 2017. Her er fra Bergen Teknologioverføing og Nyskapingsparken. Foto: Bergen Teknologioverføring/C Foto

Innovasjonsuken OPP 25. til 30. september 2017

OPP er en årlig feiring av entreprenørskap, i tett samarbeid med lokale samarbeidspartnere. Dette er en arena for nyskaping, innovasjon initiativ fra mange gode krefter i Bergensregionen. Vi håper at OPP kan være en plattform for nettverksbygging, kompetansedeling og fremsnakking.

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Stein Irgens, regional director at IBM,  and Anne Jacobsen, CEO of NCE Media

IBM selected partner for Media City Bergen Media Lab

IBM has been selected as the lead technology partner for NCE Media. The Norwegian Media Cluster will build their innovation platform on IBM Cloud.

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- Det er denne fiberkabelen vi vil legge til Storbritannia, sier Invest in Bergens Vidar Totland. Prosjektet NO-UK er kommet langt, og kan stå ferdig alt i 2019.

- Vi vil bygge fiber til Storbritannia

Regjeringen går inn for å bevilge 100 millioner kroner til ny fiber mellom Norge og utlandet. Englandskabelen NO-UK er kommet lengst, og kan stå ferdig i 2019. Invest in Bergen, BKK og Hordaland fylkeskommune har stått sammen om dette prosjektet i vår region.

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Media lab is launched in Bergen

A world class media lab for cutting edge innovation and research has now been opened in Bergen, Norway. The new lab represents a vital tool for developing a strong, global industry, enhancing innovation and grow future successes.

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220 students from the University of Bergen and a range of different startups, are now co-located under the same roof in the new science park, Media City Bergen™, in the city center of Bergen, Norway. Photo: NCE Media

Empowering stories

Media City Bergen™ is a leading, international hub for media and technology innovation, powered by the Norwegian Media Cluster and consisting of over 90 members.

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Digital graphics give easy access to the outcome of complex analyses of vast amounts of data.

Fighting sea lice with artificial intelligence

War against the common challenge, the sea lice, has inspired some of the major players in aquaculture to cooperate. AquaCloud is a digital answer that is expected to create huge business value for the industry.

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“Ampere”: Norway’s first modern electric ferry has already traveled a distance equal to three times around the world. This ferry alone saves a million litres of diesel a year.  Photo: Paal Kvamme

A revolution in the fjords

Zero-emissions technology is making Norwegian fjords even more beautiful.

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GREENHOUSE: - I am convinced that microalgaes can revolutionize the fish farming industry, says Hans Kleivdal (second from the left). Here at the Mongstad test centre, with Jeroen de Vree (University of Bergen University), Dorinde Kleinegris (Uni Research) and Tom Roger Lid (CO2Bio). Photo: Thor Brødreskift for the University of Bergen

Feeding the future

They are only a thousandth of a millimeter. Yet, microalgaes might revolutionize the world’s food production.

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This is the Sixty team, now launching the Ease Live worldwide. Exiting!

Sixty Raises Millions to Launch Ease Live onto The World Stage

Financial investor Edvin Austbø via Alden AS and Vanguard Invest AS and Mowinckel Management AS, invests a total of NOK 26 million in Sixty. A Bergen based media tech company.

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- Hvis Vestlandet lykkes med å bygge en posisjon som en grønn region for store globale datasentre, vil det gi regionen en fremtidsrettet og offensiv posisjon i det grønne skiftet, sier Ingrid Von Streng Velken konserndirektør for innovasjon og utvikling i BKK.

Hvis fremtiden er digital, trenger vi mer fiber

Skal Bergensregionen og Hordaland henge med i den digitale utviklingen vi alt er langt inne i, har regionen behov for flere og forsterkede digitale motorveier inn og ut av Vestlandsregionen. Invest in Bergen bidrar nå aktivt inn i utviklingen av NO-UK COM AS.

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SeafoodGroup AS collaborate with SIFT Group, which has developed a technology called Super Intensive Farming Technology. The solution consists of shallow water raceways stacked vertically.

Pioneers in fish farming

Can sustainable fish farming on shore help feed the world? Several companies are now applying for concession to farm Atlantic salmon in sustainable closed constructions on shore. SeafoodGroup AS is one of them.

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Dancing in the street in Bergen. Norway is ranked the happiest country in the world.

Norway the happiest country in the world

We are proud to be living and working in the happiest country in the world. For the first time ever Norway has been ranked as number one country in the world.

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The Mayor of Bergen Marte Mjøs Persen opening Ocean Industries Accelerator (OIA), with Hilde Indresøvde, Nyskapingsparken (left) and Tanja Hoel from NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster.

Crossover arena for ocean innovation

The brand new Ocean Industries Accelerator (OIA) is a unique place for start-up companies in the ocean industries to work together and to share competence.

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The Brazilian subsea company visited Odda and Bergen. The company is considering moving to Western Norway.

Easy Subsea to Greater Bergen?

The Brazilian subsea company Easy Subsea has visited Bergen and Odda in the past few days, looking to establishing their company in Greater Bergen. We were glad to welcome them.

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Minster of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland  (left) and Prime Minster Erna Solberg launch a new ocean strategy in Bergen.

Prime Minister launches new ocean strategy in Bergen

The ocean industries are strong in Norway. With its new ocean strategy, the Norwegian Government facilitates more research, innovation and technological development to create new businesses and jobs.

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Effektive planprosesser er sendt ut til ordførere og rådmenn i regionen.

Hvordan få realisert flere utbyggingsplaner?

Hvordan kan utbyggere og kommunene få til gode planprosesser for å kunne realisere nye prosjekter? Den nye brosjyren Effektive planprosesser er et bidrag til større forståelse og arbeidsmetodikk.

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Large new commercial areas available just north of Bergen. Here is the owner Tommy Gulbrandsøy (left) with Invest in Bergen's Vidar Totland.

Large commercial areas available north of Bergen

Greater Bergen offers a variety of commercial areas close to the city. Nordhordland Commercial Park is one of the biggest areas, and includes properties at the seafront and along the northbound main road.

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Jakter nye selskap

Invest in Bergen har én hovedoppgave: Få flere nasjonale og internasjonale bedrifter til å etablere seg i Bergen og Hordaland. Invest in Bergen skal markedsføre regionen og hjelpe bedrifter til rette i kommunene og bistå dem som ønsker det.

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Vi kan snart avsløre hvilke selskap som besøkte bergen i fjor høst. De kommer hit.

Nyetablering i Bergensregionen

I desember hadde vi besøk av representanter for den svenske delen av et stort internasjonalt selskap som er utstyrsleverandører til sjømatnæringen. De har å fattet beslutning om å etablere seg i vår region.

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Her forteller Nofimas Tor Andreas Samuelsen om finessene i laboratoriet.

Japansk fact-finding tour

Invest in Bergen og NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster har hatt besøk av et stort japansk selskap på jakt etter investeringsobjekter. De beskriver selv selskapet som et konglomerat som investere i mange ulike bransjer. Nå står marin næring på dagsorden.

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- Nå er vi ett skritt nærmere kråkebolleoppdrett i Austevoll, sier administrerende direktør Giampiero Scanu i Troms Kråkebolle.

Ett skritt nærmere kråkebolleoppdrett

Verden vil ha kråkeboller. Det kan Troms Kråkebolle eksportere fra Norge i stor skala, når planarbeidet som nå settes i gang i Austevoll blir fullført.

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