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Norwegian Solar Energy Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 15 January, 2020
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Other Label: 
Arena Pro
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Trine
Kopstad Berentsen
Cluster Manager
+47 930 14 801
trine@solenergiklyngen.no
Female
Inger
Strand
Project Manager
+47 913 91 184
inger@solenergiklyngen.no
Female
Ola
Rostad
Project Manager
+47 911 53 636
ola@solenergiklyngen.no
Male
Benjamin
Myklebust Rød
Project Manager
+47 908 80 531
benjamin@solenergiklyngen.no
Male
Ellinor
Meling
Project Manager
+47 924 40 332
ellinor@solenergiklyngen.no
Female
Maja
Busch Sevaldsen
Internationalisation Responsible
+47 994 83 973
maja@solenergiklyngen.no
Female
Katja
Kerschke
Internationalisation Responsible
+49 176 32 78 5245
katja@solenergiklyngen.no
Female
Maria
Stokke
Project Manager
+47 971 25 344
maria@solenergiklyngen.no
Female
Languages spoken: 
Danish
English
German
Norwegian
Swedish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Technology fields: 
Photovoltaics
Solar/Thermal energy
S3 EU priority areas: 
Sustainable energy & renewables
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Solar Energy
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
89
Number of SME members: 
63
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
32
Number of larger company members: 
21
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
5
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Energy.Invented
Incubator
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
REC Solar
Larger Company
Scatec
Larger Company
Scatec Solar
Larger Company
Eltek
Larger Company
Multiconsult
Larger Company
Asplan Viak
Larger Company
FUSen
SME
Solcellespesialisten
SME
Institute for Energy Technology
Research Organisation
Glava Energy Center
Technology Center
NORCE
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

VISION

A strong Norwegian solar energy industry that is market leader both at national and international levels.

MISSION

Increase the value creation for the companies in the Solar Energy Cluster at national and international levels through involvement in cooperation on research and innovation, competence development, positioning and internationalization.

OBJECTIVES

A. Strengthen interaction, create cooperation and build trust between stakeholders in the cluster.B. Strengthen R&D&I competences within companies.C. Increase market competences within companies and increase knowledge on solar energy within the Norwegian energy market.D. Increase innovation activities that are driven by market needs.E. Strengthen the Solar Energy Cluster’s position at national and international levels.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of technology transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
Brazil
Jordan
Kenya
Singapore
South Africa
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Denmark
France
Germany
Netherlands
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Energy Valley
VIA
Wood Works
SMILE
Paper Province
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European Programmes
INTERREG
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

European Funded Projects: 

  • Interreg ecoINSIDE og ecoINSIDE2
  • Interreg FEM
  • Interreg North Sea Northern Connections
  • BSR Innovation Express: 2016/17: INT Sol, 2017/18: Made in the Nordics
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 
A total energy transformation is on its way and it is developing fast. If Norway shall have a prominent role in renewable energy in the future, it is important to have a strong environment in solar energy. The market for solar energy in Norway is still modest, but with a strong growth. If you want to grow internationally, the market in Norway is important for building competence and developing technologies that can be exported. A number of the partners in the Solar Energy cluster are among the leading international today, and several have international ambitions.  The partners in the Solar Cluster have a vision to make Norway the world’s best arena for innovation and testing in solar and energy systems. The partners mission is to provide better solar energy solutions for everyone, through the dissemination of innovative solutions, collaboration through a good national and international ecosystem for innovation and commercialization. The main goal is to develop and create growth by industrialize world-class sustainable solar energy solutions.