Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster is growing – and growing! In November 2020 ONS Foundation became member company number 200 in the Cluster! And now – in the very beginning of December 2020 we are already 214 member companies! As become member 200 we challenged Ingvild Meland, Vice President Programme Director in ONS Foundation to give us some input on why they enroll in the Cluster:
“Offshore wind is increasingly becoming a new business opportunity for the ocean energy industry and a cornerstone for the EU’s ambition of zero-emission electricity production in Europe. Norway, and the offshore industry based on the southwestern coast, in particular, has great potential of taking a leading position in the offshore wind supply chain industry.
– It is of high importance that we create a home market to build competence and experience, just like we did at the beginning of the oil and gas adventure, says programme director at ONS, Ingvild Meland.
– The Norwegian supply chain industry is world-leading within offshore wind, but the international competition is tough, and the window of opportunities is closing fast, she contintues.
We must facilitate technological development and commercialisation of the concepts on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. And we must make sure there is a political focus and willingness to pave the way for this emerging industry.
Although there have been ambitions and developments around offshore wind for many years, the timing and market conditions have slowed down the development. The picture is different today. Many of the oil majors are taking big steps into becoming world leaders of offshore wind. Politicians are asking for technological developments and opening acreage for offshore wind. And the people are asking for plans for tomorrow’s sustainable industries.
Offshore wind is an industry built on the shoulders of the oil and gas industry, using a lot of the same technology and skills we already possess. With cluster activity, we can further strengthen innovation, business development and internationalisation.
– ONS wish to be an active participator into the cluster and a platform for showcasing the innovative thinking in the Norwegian offshore wind industry, says Meland.
ONS has for the past four decades been the preferred meeting place for the energy industry. We facilitate world-class discussions, and we aim to create a sustainable energy future. ONS is all about connecting people, businesses, and technology – and to contribute to accelerating ideas into actions. As the energy industry is moving on towards new paths such as offshore wind – so is ONS. It is important to be in front of the development and to pave the way. A membership in the Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster is therefore a natural step to take for ONS.”