We are connecting partners in USA, Spain and Greece
HRH Crown Prince Haakon opened the seminar on US-Norway collaboration in the renewable sector. PHOTO: Elisabeth Addison/Norwegian embassy in Washington D.C
These past two weeks, we have introduced the Norwegian supply chain and innovations to three strategic markets: USA, Spain and Greece.
Together with HRH Crown Prince Haakon, Minister of Foreign affairs Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre and Minister of Petroleum and Energy Marte Mjøs Persen, we were invited to New York and Washington DC. The US has a target of producing 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, and during the royal visit, floating offshore wind was high on the agenda.
New York City is aiming to be a hub for offshore wind in the US. We met with officials from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, who are eager to connect local businesses with Norwegian suppliers and developers.
The Norwegian embassy in Washington hosted a seminar on how Norway and the US can collaborate on renewable energy. We were in the offshore wind panel, together with Equinor, GE Renewable Energy, Magnora Offshore wind and Aker Solutions.
If you have questions regarding the US Market, please contact Marius Selsø Håkonsen.
Cluster Manager Arvid Nesse explained how the Norwegian supply chain and developer can collaborate with local companies in New York.
The Greeks were eager to learn about new technology from Norway. PHOTO: The Norwegian embassy in Greece.
A visit to Greece
The Greek government is ambitious in offshore wind, and we were invited to Athens to present the Norwegian supply chain to government officials and representatives from the Greek offshore wind industry.
The recent years, the government has established test islands for green technology and green mobility. In February, they are aiming to present a new energy law, stating a target of 2 GW offshore wind before 2030. The Greeks have as of yet little experience in offshore wind, but are eager to learn. During our visit, we proved that there is indeed potential for partnerships between Norwegian and Greek developers, and the Norwegian supply chain could provide innovative solutions and crucial experiences in the emerging offshore market. The areas with the best wind resources in Greece are suitable for floating technology. We will follow up on that in the year to come.
If you have questions regarding the Greek market, please contact Tor-Arne Johnsen
Spanish test centre PLOCAN and Norwegian Marin Energy Test Centre (METCentre) are happy to collaborate.
A visit to Spain
Funding from EU can open doors for both Norwegian and Spanish offshore wind companies. Innovation Norway with their Spanish counter part hosted a seminar in Madrid on how building Norwegian-Spanish consortiums can help companies to receive EU funding for their projects.
Recently, Spain launched their Offshore Wind Roadmap, stating their strategic goals for the sector. They aim for 3 GW in floating offshore wind by 2030 and 60 GW by 2050. During Q1/Q2 in 2022, Spain will present their Maritime Spatial Plan, containing the permit procedures for commercial projects. We are already making efforts to position our members in the Spanish market, and after the meetings in Spain we will follow up with more networking events and arrange for our members to visit. The Norwegian and Spanish industry have already a good platform for cooperation, and put together have great synergies that could create substantial commercial opportunities for both countries in years to come.
We will of course be present at Wind Europe in Bilbao in April!
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