Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster has been upgraded to a higher level in Innovation Norway’s cluster program. This is great news for Norwegian companies in offshore wind.
-This promotion is a very strong signal that Norway is both investing and believing in offshore wind in the years ahead, says cluster manager of Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster, Arvid Nesse.
When the cluster now moves up a level from Arena to Arena Pro, they can gear up their activity considerably, as this upgrade means more funding during a longer period of time.
-We now have muscles to establish a solid market at home, develop new cost-reducing technology and build up offshore wind from Norway as an international brand, says Nesse, and adds:
-This is also an important recognition of the work we do in the cluster.
Instrumental for Norwegian exports
The offshore wind cluster currently has over 300 members, and the growth in recent years has been formidable. One of the cluster’s main priorities going forward is to pursue targeted export development together with the rest of Team Norway.
-We experience massive support for our work with offshore wind. When our companies are to succeed in exporting both expertise and technology, it is important that the cooperation between all the Norwegian stake holders is solid, says Nesse.
Several reports state that Norway has very good opportunities to succeed with ocean wind in the markets abroad. Technology and expertise from oil and gas has given Norway several advantages, especially in floating offshore wind.
-However, we must speed up to establish a domestic market and to capture the international market shares. Therefore, the resources we were awarded today are highly welcome, says Nesse.
Offshore wind on the agenda
Offshore wind is high on the agenda in the Norwegian business support system.
– We congratulate Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster on the work they have done during the Arena period, and expect that they can use the Arena Pro status to develop the industry further to become an important export industry. Together, the companies in the Arena Pro cluster can work with major development activities and connect with other national and international environments, all for the best for the industry, says Espen Warland, head of the cluster program in Innovation Norway.