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Successful Subsea Innovation Day

Pål Atle Solheimsnes, Leading advisor - Subsea Intervention & Diving, Equinor
Pål Atle Solheimsnes, Leading advisor - Subsea Intervention & Diving, Equinor.

The 6th annual Subsea Innovation Day had a record of 120 attendees. We have received very positive feedback about this year’s event theme: challenges and possibilities within autonomy.

The subsea industry is advancing underwater autonomy and we got insights into several successful project and world-first, as well as new concepts and initiative.

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Steps Towards True Autonomy

Equinor, Aker BP, Swire Seabed and OneSubsea presented projects about how autonomy enables efficient, low cost, reduced HSE risk and reduced CO2 footprint. We got very exiting presentations from smaller companies developing new ground-breaking solutions, targeting different aspects of autonomy.

Leading universities and research groups presented how they work to develop next generation autonomous system and educate students.

Centre for Deep Sea Innovation

Torstein Olsmo Sæbø, Research Manager at FFI presented the steps and challenges to make AUV truly autonomous. Sæbø also presented a new SFI-centre initiative, targeting technologies for efficient mapping of the seabed with primary focus on marine minerals exploration.

– The Centre for Deep Sea Innovation will address the major technology challenges limiting our exploration capability. A primary objective is developing collaborative and truly autonomous underwater vehicles. To get there, the centre will focus on sensors, communication and data processing technologies, says Sæbø.

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Use Students to Explore New Ideas

Several students joined our Subsea Innovation Day. – We encourage students to join our events. They bring new ideas and perspectives, which is very useful during our workshop sessions, says Jon O. Hellevang Senior Ocean Technology Innovator in GCE Ocean Technology. Using students to explore new ideas was an important topic for this year’s workshop session.

Student projects are an important tool to increase the interaction between industries and educational institutions. Companies can explore new ideas and spark long-term development projects. Students receive relevant tasks and both parts get to know each other with respect to future job opportunities.

We Help you Realise your Best Ideas

GCE Ocean Technology has helped our members with retrieving more than 1 billion NOK in external funding for RDI projects for the cluster. – We can contribute with both financial support and advice to help companies realise their best ideas, says Hellevang. Companies can get up to 300 thousand NOK in pre-project funding to mature and develop their own ideas.

Last year, GCE Ocean Technology was instrumental in establishing the Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre, which provides knowledge and infrastructure to accelerate ideas to market. - There are many different support schemes for companies. We help our members and partners find the right programme for their projects and apply relevant funding, Hellevang concludes.

Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

R&D Manager

Jon O. Hellevang

Subsea Innovation Day

Our Subsea Innovation Day has become a successful annual meeting place for the subsea industry.

We focus on technology challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

The event is a combination of knowledge sharing, inspirational presentations and workshop.