Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Center will build and offer world-leading expertise and infrastructure to accelerate growth and sustainable development in the ocean industries
The goal is to rapid realize blue growth and green conversion in the industry through efficient prototyping, and verification of new technology and new solutions.
OINC is going to focus on strong “crossover” between learning and the use in different industries to help organizations, especially SMEs to realize:
Efficiency in the petroleum industry
Sustainable growth in marine food production through new and environmentally friendly farming technology
Growth in marine renewable energy; Floating Ocean Waves, Tidal and Wave Power
Cost-effective methods for mapping/extraction of new marine resources such as marine minerals, bioprospecting, and geothermal energy
(OINCC focuses on the blue fields in the graphic below)
The center will be located in and around Marineholmen Research Park, which is within walking distance of Bergen city center. Many of the partners are located wholly or partly here or nearby.
OINC will be closely integrated into the center of the innovation system for the ocean industries in Norway. The actors behind OINC represent key players in this ecosystem and will ensure effective coordination with other activities and tools in the clusters, incubators, etc.
OINC will fill a gap in the ecosystem associated with the need for more complex assistance for prototyping and verification. There is a need for competence development that can realize the value of new potential technologies. Industry and R & D environments have a lot of equipment that has unused parts of the time, where a sharing of equipment will be useful for all parties and especially for SMEs. OINC will be a natural focal point between business and competence communities. Equipment sharing and collaboration on pilotage provide new relationships and basis for further cooperation.
OINC is a consortium consisting of Bergen Technology Transfer (BTO), GCE Subsea, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster, Prototech, Industrial Industrial Laboratory (ILAB), University of Bergen (UiB), DNV GL and Marineholmen Research Park.
Bergen Technology Transfer (BTO) is owned by R&D environments in Bergen and works to develop innovation and commercialization of research in its region. BTO operates the Ocean Industries Accelerator (OIA), which was established with the sea clusters in January 2017. BTO has more than 80 companies under incubation, including MakerSpace, a low-threshold prototype workshop for SMBs. BTO is the project manager and is responsible for developing several of the services associated with OIC.
Prototech is a product development company that designs, prototypes and tests for a variety of actors in all sizes and industries, both nationally and internationally. Prototech is responsible for prototyping, additive production and competence transfer between spacecraft and port industry.
DNV GL will be central to developing guidelines for the safe introduction of products and services in industry, verification and material expertise.
ILAB is a marine testing center for commercial testing and verification of aquaculture products and services. They will be responsible for the construction and operation of a new Marine Center for Recycling Aquaculture Systems (RAS).
The sea clusters GCE Subsea and the NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster will facilitate innovation processes and ensure competence transfer between the over 200 participating companies and the competence communities across Norway, where a majority are SMEs. OINC builds on strong collaborative constellations the partners have throughout Norway.
Brage W. Johansen
OINC will offer expertise and infrastructure for efficient prototyping and verification. This will be closely integrated into today’s ecosystem for innovation. Important pillars here are the development of courses and services related to rapid prototyping, verification and competence building to ensure the effective development of products and services. Prototech and DNV GL will be central in the area.
Within additive production, OIC will enter an agreement with Future Materials/MIL for cooperation. Through this collaboration, OINC can utilize already established capacity, ensure competence transfer between the parties and participate in the training of 3D printers. OINC will acquire its own 3D printers, in case MIL does not have enough capacity or if the ocean industry market needs other materials and solutions than the ones that MIL’s 3D printers support.
Both in additive production and RAS technology, courses and competence programs will be developed for new educational pathways, new and post-graduate training of operators, skilled workers, and engineers, in order to exploit the new potential technologies.
Availability of existing test infrastructure is planned through the establishment of a web portal for equipment sharing.
Services - Digitalization
Digitization will be an important service from OINC. Gathering measurement data from both 3D printing and RAS systems will provide unique opportunities for all parties to learn from previous products and improving new products. When creating new solutions for the market and wanting to keep parts of the process secret, there will be a lot of data you still can share. Data must be anonymous to provide data to R&D environment and companies wishing to research the data.
Sensors and IoT are already in use within the ocean industry, but we expect strong growth in the future. OINC will make it easy to connect IoT devices to data storage. All of these collected data will form a Big Data environment, and new innovative and exciting solutions can be built. NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster collaborates with IBM on the use of IBM Watson in the AquaCloud project. Analysis, insight, artificial intelligence and machine learning on Big Data through access to IBM Watson or other analytical platforms can provide many new products and solutions. OINC will be able to offer SMEs support for digitization products through system, tools, expertise, and experience.
Digital twin can provide opportunities to simulate and verify in a data model, which behaves like a physical object using a large number of sensors. We already see the use of digital twin in shipping and property management. The analyst firm Gartner estimates that within three to five years there will be several hundred million things that want their digital twins. OINC will, through cooperation with Statoil, conduct testing of new solutions in their digital twin, thus allowing changes to new products/services before being piloted on a full scale. RAS and sensors in aquaculture facility will have enough data to create digital twin for farming, which will allow data modeling of different scenarios without having to burden the physical fish.