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As technology advances, the seafood industry will look to find new ways to optimise and drive digital transformation (Photo: Silje K. Robinson)

Towards a more digital industry

Digitalisation and digital transformation are both key focus areas for the NCE Seafood Innovation cluster. While these terms may sound similar, they are not. What’s the difference between them and how are they shaping the industry?

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Through their unique IoUT solutions, WSENSE aims to provide firms with key

WSENSE and Underwater Networking

A sustainable ocean economy is crucial. As the ocean industries continue to evolve, a better understanding of the underwater environment will become increasingly vital. WSENSE aims to provide that.

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Tor Andre Ljosland from Vestland County Council (r) led in the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Hilde Indresøvde from VIS

Future Ocean Incubator opens in Bergen

The Future Ocean Incubator was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Bergen. The incubator will aim to help entrepreneurs and startups in the ocean industries grow and scale their ideas into new businesses.

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HRH Crown Prince Haakon will be among the attendees for ONS 2022 (Photo: ONS/Trine Sola Larsen)

Catch Invest in Bergen at ONS 2022

Invest in Bergen will be in Stavanger for this year’s ONS exhibition. Meet us in hall 7, booth 7180.

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Photo: Odfjell Oceanwind

Mobilising Offshore Wind

With the green shift underway, Greater Bergen – and Norway – have pledged a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Aiming to contribute to this endeavour, Odfjell Oceanwind looks to decarbonise the offshore oil and gas industry.

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The North Atlantic Seafood Forum is the world’s largest top executive seafood business conference (Photo: NASF)

Catch Invest in Bergen at NASF 2022

Invest in Bergen will attend the 17th North Atlantic Seafood Forum. Returning to Bergen after its 2021 digital hiatus, the event will be held from June 21st-23rd.

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mcb tech .22 host Siri Lill Mannes (c) leading the panel discussion with Agnes Stenbom (l), Sofie Hvitved (l, 2nd), Tenday Viki (r, 2nd) and Benedict Evans (r) (Photo: Gunnbjörg Gunnarsdottir/Media City Bergen)

mcb tech returns to Bergen

mcb tech .22 was held live in Bergen for the first time in two years. The event gathered experts and leading minds in today’s digital media landscape to share their thoughts and expertise on its current state and future direction.

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Photo: Jan Arne Wold/Equinor

52,000 New Jobs from Floating Offshore Wind

Developing Norway’s floating offshore wind sector can create over 52,000 new jobs and up to NOK 96 billion in turnover by 2050. This is according to a report published by industrial consultancy firm Menon Economics.

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Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor

Norway sets target for offshore wind industry

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced his government’s plans to allocate areas for 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy production by 2040. He made this announcement in his press conference held earlier this week.

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HavExpo is Greater Bergen's annual event, serving as an

Meet Invest in Bergen at HavExpo 2022

Invest in Bergen will attend HavExpo 2022. This annual event for the fishing and aquaculture industry will be held from May 10th-12th in Bergen.

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Experts and entrepreneurs from the petroleum and energy sector gathered in Bergen for this annual event (Photo: The Society of Petroleum Engineers)

SPE Conference opens in Bergen once again

The SPE Norway Subsurface Conference returned to Bergen. Hosted by Equinor, this event brought together heads and innovators from firms active along the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

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Dagfinn Edvardsen (r) and Anders Daniel Brekke founded Really! in 2020 (Photo ©

Revolutionising Property Management

Along with being the gateway to the ocean industries, Greater Bergen houses a thriving ecosystem of tech-based start-ups and scale-ups. Among these is Really!, a fast-growing, firm set on changing the real estate industry.

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The SPE Norway Subsurface Conference hosts presentations and Q&A sessions on various subjects related to the energy and petroleum sector (Photo: The Society of Petroleum Engineers)

SPE Conference returns to Bergen

The Society of Petroleum Engineers will come together for the SPE Norway Subsurface Conference 2022. This year’s conference will be held in Bergen, the home of the ocean industries.

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Tore Boge (l) and Christian W. Berg (r) presenting the

Norway can lead the way in Green Ammonia

In a published collaborative report, “Green Ammonia volume analysis – a roadmap towards 2030”, it was determined that Norway could take a leading role in implementing green ammonia as a fuel source for domestic shipping activities.

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Media City Bergen has been at the heart of many of Greater Bergen's advancements in media technologies and FinTech (Photo: Media City Bergen)

Bergen’s Tech Boom

In the last decade, Greater Bergen has experienced a tech explosion, introducing new digital solutions and technologies into the region. While these developments have boosted the ocean industries, they have also created new industries along the way.

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Aquaculture is one of several ocean industries in Greater Bergen that have evolved in recent years through digital and technological innovation (Photo: The Norwegian Seafood Federation)

Innovation and the Ocean Industries

Fishing and shipping built Greater Bergen, earning its reputation as the home of the ocean. But what has solidified this reputation has been the region’s – and the nation’s - ability to adapt to new technologies. And as these technologies evolve, they will pave the way for new innovations – and opportunities.

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Experts and enthusiasts gathered at the Hav(vind)byen Bergen conference to discuss the current state and future of offshore wind in Greater Bergen (Photo: Invest in Bergen)

“Bergen has all the tools for Offshore Wind”

Nearly 200 people gathered for the Ocean Wind Bergen conference that was held at the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The conference aimed to discuss the emerging offshore wind industry and its potential for Greater Bergen.

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Norwegian Climate and Environment Minister Espen Barth Eide (l) met with BOW Director Finn Gunnar Nielsen (r, 2nd) to discuss the challenges and opportunities present within offshore wind (Photo © Asbjørn Leirvåg/UiB)

“I think we have begun to scratch the surface…”

As Norway proceeds with the “green shift”, a key focus will be on the emerging offshore wind industry. While the knowledge and expertise acquired from the oil sector will be helpful, more competence will also be needed to fully cultivate this new industry.

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With its close ties to the ocean and ocean industries, Greater Bergen is set to grow as a blue economy hub

A Key “Blue Economy” Hub

Greater Bergen has always had a close connection with the ocean. Hence, the region is committed to the ocean’s – and the ocean industries’ – sustainable management. This commitment, coupled with its vast ecosystems, is why the region is poised to become a key hub for the global blue economy.

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With its comprehensive end-to-end value chains, Greater Bergen is set to contribute to Norway's emerging offshore wind sector (Photo © Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Bergen’s Emerging Wind Industry

Greater Bergen has been busy cultivating the emerging offshore wind industry. With the opening of key areas – Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II – for offshore wind farm projects, how will the region contribute to harnessing this emerging industry?

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A view of Steinvik fish farm (Photo © Seaborn)

The Best Fish, Through Bergen

Greater Bergen has always been a fisherman’s haven. With its fishing history dating back hundreds of years, the region serves as a key hub for this global industry. Through Seaborn, the world has been able to able to enjoy the best farmed fish that western Norway has to offer.

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An ultrasound tool used to measure lithium batteries (Photo © Kjetil Daae Lohne/NORCE)

New Ultrasound Method Could Optimise Battery Reuse

NORCE researchers have begun a new collaborative project aimed at using ultrasound technology to determine the viability of used lithium batteries in the transport sector. This project could help determine which batteries can be reused and which should be recycled.

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Nils Gunnar Kvamstø was appointed as the new Administrative Director for the Institute of Marine Research (Photo © Eivind Senneset/IMR)

“The Ocean Industries are very important…”

At the start of the year, the Bergen-based Institute for Marine Research (IMR) appointed Nils Gunnar Kvamstø as its new Administrative Director. He takes on this position after serving as the Marine Dean at the University of Bergen (UiB).

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According to the Norwegian Research Centre, NORCE, the new reservoir simulator will contribute to the upscaling of storage capacity for CCS projects

NORCE unveils new CCS Solution

The Norwegian Research Centre, NORCE, recently unveiled their new reservoir simulator for carbon dioxide (CO₂) storage. This new tool could potentially contribute to future large-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects.

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The ARV-i tetherless drone can continuously monitor underwater assets (Photo © Transmark Subsea)

New Underwater Drone

As home of the ocean industries, Greater Bergen is ideally suited for key maritime operations and infrastructure. With the ARV-i tetherless drone, underwater activity in these vital industries can potentially be continuously monitored and supported.

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Black smoker chimneys at the Fåvne hydrothermal vent field, Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (Photo © Trond Mohn Centre for Deep-Sea Research/University of Bergen)

Eco-Safe Ridge Mining Project will Fill Key Knowledge Gaps

The University of Bergen, in collaboration with various organisations, will coordinate the Eco-Safe Ridge Mining Project. This project will fill key knowledge gaps, evaluate risks, and identify appropriate mitigation actions regarding deep-sea mining.

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A new offshore wind project is getting 28 MNOK to develop more efficient and thorough application processes so that the development of offshore wind can proceed more quickly in the oceans outside of western and southern Norway.

28 million to faster offshore wind

Companies in Greater Bergen are engaged in offshore wind. Experience from the oil, gas and maritime sector is now being transformed and used in offshore wind. There are many options also for foreign companies to be part of a growing supply chain.

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The goscore team aims to bring

Credit Scores through goscore

Thanks to digitalisation and the rise of FinTech, the financial world has evolved significantly. However, a good credit score is still important to have. Through transparency and fairness, goscore aims to drive value for – and educate - consumers.

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Johan Kverneland (Total Energies, l), Aina Berg (NORCE, c) and Erlend Vefring (NORCE/DigiWells, r) led the official opening of SFI DigiWells (Photo © NORCE)

SFI DigiWells Officially Opens to Strong Support

SFI DigiWells was officially opened during a live ceremony earlier this month. The opening was part of the centre’s first annual seminar with several key figures in attendance.

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Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was recently appointed Ocean Panel co-chair and goodwill ambassador for the One Ocean Expedition (Photo © Labor Party)

Prime Minister named Ocean Panel Co-Chair

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has been made co-chair for the international High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel). He was also appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Global Sustainability Voyage (One Ocean Expedition).

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According to researchers, offshore wind will be a crucial role in meeting Europe's energy needs (Photo © Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Bergen’s Wind Potential

As Norway embraces the green shift, renewable energy will become crucial. Offshore wind energy has shown tremendous potential for growth in Norway, which could lead to the rise of a new emerging industry.

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Blue Days is Norway's largest maritime hybrid trade fair (Photo © Blue Days)

Blue Days Opens in Bergen

Blue Days 2021, Norway’s largest maritime hybrid trade fair, opened at Bergen’s Grieghallen today. This two-day hybrid event will serve as a showcase for the region’s ocean industries, allowing attendees to stay up to date on “what’s happening below the surface”.

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SFI Smart Ocean gathering at the Norwegian Ocean Observation Laboratory (Photo © Randi H Eilertsen, UiB)

Opening of Research Centre for a Smart Ocean

SFI Smart Ocean held its first physical gathering at the Norwegian Ocean Observation Laboratory recently.

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Eitri Director Torleif Markussen Lunde (l) and Assistant Director Maija Slaidina at the opening of the new Eitri Medical Incubator (Photo © Ingvild Festervoll Melien, VIS)

Eitri Medical Incubator opens in Bergen

The Eitri Medical Incubator was officially opened in Bergen earlier this week. This medical innovation cluster will serve as an ecosystem for start-ups, entrepreneurs, researchers, healthcare professionals, investors, and students.

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YoungFinance Bergen is one of several networking organisations that is shaping the next generation of Greater Bergen's skilled labour force (Photo © Siv-Elin Skoglund, Opplett)

Bergen’s Young Professionals

Within Greater Bergen’s key sectors is a wealth of up-and-coming talent. The combination of high-quality universities, abundant apprenticeships, trainee programs, and collaborative opportunities have cultivated an eager, skillfully diverse workforce.

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37 postdocs positions are to be filled within the next two years (Photo © SEAS/UiB)

“Marine sustainability is crucial”

With food security and energy sustainability becoming increasingly vital, many are turning to the ocean for solutions. To this end, the University of Bergen announced open postdoctoral positions for their new Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) project.

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(Photo © Ramfjord Technologies)

Finding Gold in Garbage

With Norway decommissioning many of its oil and gas platforms, it raises a question, “can this decommissioning lead to a new, sustainable and circular industry”? According to some experts, it can.

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LeaderShip 2021 will bring together the maritime sector's leading corporate heads and foremost authorities (Photo c/o Maritime Bergen)

Meet the Shipping Decision-Makers

“The NHH Shipping Conference – Leadership 2021” will be held in Bergen on Nov. 1st. This annual event is where business and academia meet to discuss the current state of the shipping industry.

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SEAS will shape 37 postdocs into future research leaders (Photo © SEAS/UiB)

UiB Announces Postdoc Positions for SEAS Programme

The University of Bergen announced the first call for applications for 18 postdoctoral positions. This will be for its upcoming Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) programme.

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The Maritime Hybrid, Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cells Conference is held annually in Bergen (Photo c/o Riviera Maritime Media)

Get the Latest on Batteries and Fuel Cells

The ocean industries are vital in Greater Bergen. That is why the city of Bergen hosts the annual Maritime Hybrid, Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cells Conference.

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Future Week 21 will host and live-stream over 50 events in three locations - Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger (Photo c/o Invest in Bergen)

Future Week 21 opens at Media City Bergen

Future Week 21 opened at Media City Bergen today. This annual tech festival gathers journalists, designers, developers, executives, students, and media and technology enthusiasts.

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Bergen has a long history as a centre of trade and commerce for Norway (Photo © Sverre Hjørnevik, FjordNorge)

4 Reasons Why Greater Bergen is the Home of the Ocean Industries

The city of Bergen was the site of THE OCEAN 2021. This annual conference hosts the leading minds and authorities in the ocean industries under one roof, or multiple roofs since this year’s event was a hybrid of live presentations and interactive live streaming.

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A view inside of Nordic Circle's Superdock pilot project that was made from upcycled steel (Photo © Nordic Circles)

Nordic Circles: Upcycling steel for new industries

Bergen has always been an asset for Norway’s oil and gas operations. But, as more ships, rigs and platforms are decommissioned, their removal and recycling can have harmful consequences. Nordic Circles proposes solving this issue through upcycling instead of recycling.

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Linn Mevold (l) interviewing Tone Hartvedt from Invest in Bergen (r) about THE OCEAN and the ocean industries in Greater Bergen (Photo c/o Invest in Bergen)

Invest in Bergen joins in THE OCEAN podcast

Invest in Bergen attended THE OCEAN conference. This event brought together renowned leaders, innovators, academics, and entrepreneurs within the ocean industries for two days of presentations and knowledge sharing.

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HRH Crown Prince Haakon (r) arriving at THE OCEAN and being received by Nina Stangeland (NCE Seafood Innovation, l) and Owe Hagesæther (GCE Ocean Technology, 2nd l) (Photo c/o Bergen Live/THE OCEAN)

Invest in Bergen attends THE OCEAN

Invest in Bergen was in attendance for the opening of THE OCEAN conference. This event brings together the leading minds and authorities within the ocean industries.

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HVL’s hydrogen team: From left Jonathan Økland Torstensen, Velaug Myrseth Oltedal and Håkon Eidsvåg.

HVL and Corvus Energy Join Forces within Hydrogen

A letter of intent between Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Corvus Energi AS will ensure co-located test facilities and exchange of expertise within hydrogen technology.

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Join us for THE OCEAN (c.o. THE OCEAN)

Invest in Bergen to attend THE OCEAN

Invest in Bergen will attend THE OCEAN 2021 conference. This annual event, held in Bergen, brings together leading marine research institutions and big-name firms in the ocean industries.

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(Photo courtesy of Jan Arne Wold/Woldcam)

PRE-DECOR: Researching Oil and Gas Platform Decommissioning

Offshore platforms have been vital extraction tools and symbols of the Norwegian oil and gas industry. Now, as Norway gradually divests from oil and gas extraction, is decommissioning being done in the best possible way?

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Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (centre) opening the new Aquafeed Technology Centre (l-r, Hans Kleivdahl (Norce), Knut Bjørve (UiB), Bente Torstensen and Øyvind Fylling-Jensen (Nofima) (photo courtesy of Helge Skodvin©Nofima))

Aquafeed Technology Centre Opens in Bergen

The Aquafeed Technology Centre (ATC) was officially opened during a live-streamed webinar in Bergen last Wednesday. Commemorated by the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, this state-of-the-art innovation centre will aid in the research, analysis, process, and product development of fish food and aquafeed.

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The Norwegian Government want more data centers to Norway. Carl von Hessen in AQ Compute and Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation. Credit: KMD

Norway has ambitious data center goals

“Norway has a unique foundation for becoming the world's most attractive data center nation. We have a surplus of renewable energy, low electricity prices, good digital infrastructure and a cool climate,” says Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation Linda Hofstad Helleland.

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Hanøytangen, Semco Maritime's dry dock and multiple-purpose assembly site (Photo © Semco Maritime)

Semco Maritime: Staying Competitive within Renewable Wind

It’s common knowledge that the world’s oil and gas reserves are limited and that their excessive use will have a negative environmental impact. Recognising this, Semco Maritime has made its own strides in the global, environment-focused transition known as “the green shift”. With its growing knowledge base and increasing expertise in renewable wind energy, Semco Maritime’s pledge has been to offer value to its customers.

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The International School of Bergen (Photo courtesy of ISB)

The International School of Bergen: Teaching Diversity and Inclusion

As Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen is a vibrant multicultural metropolitan. While Norway’s school system is excellent, it can naturally prove challenging for students who are new to the country. Helping students with these challenges has thus been one of the driving forces behind the International School of Bergen (ISB).

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The Dealflow team (l-r, Håkon Leinan, Stine Sofie Grindheim, Ole Bernhard Larsen, Jens-Petter Tonning) (Photo courtesy of  Siv-Elin Skoglund, Opplett)

Dealflow: Helping Start-ups through Equity Crowdfunding

Norway is a hotbed for innovative start-ups in various fields and industries. Despite the potential for innovation, start-ups are not risk-free endeavours, meaning funding for them is often not easy to come by. Thanks to Dealflow, a Bergen-based firm, Norwegian start-ups and scale-ups can now get their chance.

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An overhead view of Mongstad Industrial Park

Showcasing the Region’s Best Properties: Invest in Bergen’s Digital Brochure

Invest in Bergen has published a comprehensive digital brochure displaying 17 all-inclusive industrial and commercial parks within Greater Bergen. Situated throughout the region, these industrial and commercial parks offer a wide range of amenities for companies in a variety of industries.

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Invest in Bergen publishes Commercial Areas Brochure

Invest in Bergen is publishing a brand new digital brochure of Greater Bergen’s industrial and commercial areas. This web publication will offer a thorough overview of all the various commercial properties currently available in the region.

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This ship is installing new fibre between Norway an UK. Photo: Andreas Veggeland/Lyse

New fibre cable on its way

This ship is currently installing the new fibre connection NO-UK Com AS, between Norway and the UK. This will open new possibilities for data centres in Greater Bergen and is good news for this business.

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Base jumping at Ekstemsportveko (Photo courtesy of Carl van den Boom)

Ekstremsportveko signs International Broadcast Contract

Ekstremsportveko, the world’s largest extreme sports festival, has signed a contract with Eurosport to bring the Voss-based extreme sports concept to an international audience.

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Photo courtesy of Ingun Mæhlum

AquaCloud: Aquaculture, Big Data and Standardisation

Fishing has always been a fixed staple of Norway’s economy. With both the global population and demand for fish increasing, sustainable fishing practices have become progressively vital. This demand has fuelled the global aquaculture industry.

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(l-r) Webinar hosts Tone Hartvedt (Invest in Bergen) and Anri Håvard Hebib (Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Invest in Bergen to host webinar at NASF 2021

Invest in Bergen is set to host a webinar at this year's North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF 2021). This webinar will be part of NASF 2021’s digital conference, which will be the first time this event is being held online.

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Invest in Bergen attended NASF also in 2020. This is Johan Kvalheim, CEO of NASF in 2020 with Tone Hartvedt, Invest in Bergen.

Invest in Bergen to attend NASF 2021

Invest in Bergen will attend the 16th North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), which is to be held from June 8th-10th. This year’s event will, for the first time, be held virtually.

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The finance cluster in Bergen is growing. In 2015, 5,870 employees worked in financial services in the Bergen region. From 2015 to 2020, this number has increased by 20% to 7067 employees in 157 companies. Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik, Fjord Norge.

Explosive growth in Norwegian Fintech

A fresh survey from Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry shows significant growth in the Norwegian fintech industry in the period 2015-2020. While the overall growth is positive, the region of Bergen clearly stands out from the rest of the country.

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SafeStream is a innovative and new pump for fish. Photo: ©Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS

New Fish Pump gives better Fish Welfare and Profitability

Handling fish in the aquaculture industry often entails large financial losses in the form of damaged and dead fish. Calculations show a total annual turnover loss of around NOK 16 billion in the industry - and handling injuries make up a proportion of this.

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Be future ready at the annual conference mcb tech .21. Get to know more about new technology as a key driver in business.

Be future ready at mcb tech .21 – 10th June

Meet fintech guru and futurist Brett King, Harvard professor Dr. Shoshana Zuboff (also known from “The Social dilemma“ on Netflix) and Chief Washington Correspondent at CNN, Jake Tapper at the annual tech conference, mcb tech.

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Odd Gurivn, Project Manager, Norwegian Cognitive Center is receiving 9 million NOK to build AI competence in Bergen

Building AI competence in Bergen

Agenda Vestlandet to assign 9 MNOK in support to Norwegian Cognitive Center. Artificial Intelligence is hitting the businesses with the strength of a gale-force wind from the Atlantic.

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The Stadion Basin - the next level of fish farming. (Illustration: Nagelld)

Framo goes into fish farming

The Greater Bergen based pump manufacturer, Framo, has invested to become joint partner with fish farming company Lingalaks in the innovation project involving the Stadion Basin. This is a closed tank, floating production system for salmon, scheduled for completion in 2023.

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The Adepth Minerals Team is here represented by Hans Petter Klohs - Executive Chairman, Anette Broch Mathisen Tvedt – CEO and Werner Svellingen - CTO. (Bjarte Hellevang – Non- executive Board director and and Lars -Kristian Trellevik – Advisor of Sustainable Operations not present).Photo: Adepth Minerals

Marine Minerals, an emerging market?

– To be part of the beginning of what potentially will be a new industry for Norway is quite an opportunity and challenge, says Anette Broch Mathisen Tvedt, CEO and co-founder of Adepth Minerals.

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg (left) and Hege Økland CEO, NCE Maritime CleanTech during the launch of the Corvus-Toyota partnership for production of hydrogen fuel cell systems

Corvus-Toyota partnership

Energy storage pioneer Corvus Energy is set to start development and production of sustainable, large scale maritime-certified hydrogen fuel cell systems. Production will be located in Bergen, Norway with Toyota onboard as key partner and supplier of mass-produced fuel cell technology.

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Vestland County is the perfect place for a new Norwegian battery factory for Equinor, Hydro and Panasonic. We've got it all!

We have got it all

‘We have sites, water and hydropower, the right people with the right competence. We are well prepared to welcome a battery factory to Vestland County’ says County Mayor of Vestland County Council, Jon Askeland.

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The Deep Purple energy system. Image by TechnipFMC.

€9 million to The Deep Purple

TechnipFMC will lead a consortium to construct and test its green hydrogen offshore energy system, Deep Purple, in Norway.

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Open position

Invest in Bergen has an open position as communication advisor and delegation host.

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Hydrothermal vent. Photo by K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research UiB.

Marine Minerals – A New Billion-dollar Industry

A Rystad Energy report concludes that Norway is in a unique global position with several competitive advantages related to marine minerals. A new billion-dollar ocean industry is forecasted.

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Launching an investor network for attracting more capital to the seafood sector. Rune U. Steinsland, Thommessen (left), Tanja Hoel, Hatch and Mons A. Paulsen, Thommessen.

New investor network will boost seafood sector

A Bergen-based company is organizing a new investor network in order to attract more capital to the seafood sector.

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Lerøy has chosen to invite this team to a closer study and look into the possibilities of using self-produced seaweed as a component in packaging.

Bergen company to explore seaweed packaging

The Bergen-based seafood giant Lerøy will be exploring how to use sustainable packaging made from locally-grown seaweed.

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A network in Bergen is encouraging more women to become project leaders within some of Norway's most male-dominated industries. Members of the network's second cohort, pictured here, have now shared their thoughts on what the initiative means for them.

“I want my daughter to know that she can go far”

The Vest Ut og Fram (VUF) network is aiming to empower women in the ocean and energy sectors in western Norway. We spoke to some of its newest members.

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Companies in western Norway are developing technology that could improve the lives of patients, and help the elderly to stay in their own homes for longer. Photo © Jofrid Åsland, Norwegian Smart Care Cluster

Health tech sector sees international interest

International health companies are turning to western Norway as an excellent place for developing new services for patients.

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Eirik Langeland, Cluster Manager at NOSCA Clean Oceans in Bergen. The organisation has just unveiled a new test centre by the side of Store Lungegårdsvannet bay.

New test centre will combat ocean plastic

A new test centre in Bergen will help to develop smart technologies that can rid our oceans of plastic waste.

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Odd Gurvin leads the Norwegian Cognitive Centre in Bergen, a new initiative that will help companies to benefit from artificial intelligence.

New centre turns beginners into AI experts

A new centre in Bergen is helping to unlock the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) for Norwegian businesses.

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The Longship scheme will involve capturing many thousands of tonnes of CO2, before storing this under the sea bed in western Norway. Photo © Coast Centre Base

Step forwards for Europe’s largest CCS project

The “Longship” project, launched this week by the Norwegian government, could give a major boost to the Bergen region.

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Anticipating the European battery boom

With fossil fuel engines on their way out, batteries are becoming one of the world’s most important commodities.

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From left: Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Ocean Technology with Rolf Røssland, Managing Director of NUI. Photo © GCE Ocean Technology

Bergen company launches new pressure-testing chambers

The Bergen-based company NUI held a grand opening recently to launch its new ultra-deep pressure chambers, Obelix and Asterix.

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Don't miss THE OCEAN 2020 digital conference!

THE OCEAN 2020 is an innovative event on 17 September that seeks to drive collaboration and crossovers within the ocean industries.

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(L-R): Sigmund A. Berge, Iver Finne and Bruno Maffei from Coral Solutions, an innovative design company in Bergen. Photo © Coral Solutions.

Invest in Bergen helps startup to find new partners

“Finding out about GCE Ocean Technology has really helped our company, states Bruno Maffei. “This is a really collaborative organization, where people are open to innovation and to what we are trying to achieve.”

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Doing business: How Norway is integrated into the European single market

Goods, services, capital and people move freely among Norway and EU countries, with very few restrictions.

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg recently attended two opening ceremonies in Bergen on the same day. Photo © Eivind Senneset, University of Bergen.

Norway PM launches ocean initiatives in Bergen

Norway’s Prime Minister recently launched two initiatives in Bergen that will provide greater knowledge about our oceans.

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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.

UK-Norway cable completed in 2021

The building of a new undersea dark fibre cable between the UK and western Norway, providing a boost for data centres in the Greater Bergen region, has reached a new milestone.

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Jan Børge Sagmo (left) and Finn Blydt-Svendsen, founders of Bergen Carbon Solutions, are working on a method for capturing and recycling carbon dioxide..

Bergen founders to tackle carbon emissions

Two entrepreneurs from Bergen are developing new technology that will turn CO2 emissions into a valuable new product.

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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. Photo © CCB EH

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 now “more visible and more accessible” than ever before in Bergen..

“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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Redink/Krister Sørbø

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 /

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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