Periscope – ett samarbetsprojekt inom EU
Europa och dess företag behöver öka sin konkurrenskraft genom innovation. Inte minst gäller det inom ”Blue Economy” som ju inte bara ger möjligheter till innovation utan också är ett område i stort behov av innovation för att klara de utmaningar kopplade till hav och maritim miljö.

Inom projektet Periscope tas utgångspunkt från ”foresight”, dvs. analys av trender och framsynthet som kan identifieras genom att bearbeta stora datamängder. Utifrån det samt möten och diskussioner mellan företag, akademi och offentliga organisationer kommer ett antal idéer och projekt att utvecklas, med mål att ta fram minst två större gränsöverskridande innovationsprojekt. OffshoreVäst och Business Region Göteborg (BRG) samordnar den svenska medverkan.

Här är några av de andra organisationer som deltar och som inom sig kan ge ett stort antal nya kontakter och samarbeten:

GCE NODE, Norway, is a global competency and expertise hub for the design and supply of drilling equipment, offshore mooring and loading systems, advanced heave compensated cranes and complete floating production and storage units and drilling units to the oil&gas and maritime industries. In addition, technology is delivered to markets like offshore wind, subsea mining and aquaculture.

Key expertise within the cluster is mechatronics, ICT, global value chain and supply risk and management. The Aarhus University, Denmark, is host to the Strategic Foresight Research Network, which has a long track record of developing methodologies and providing industry foresight. Professor René Rohrbeck, Periscope wp leader, has served as innovation director of the EIT Digital, where he has implemented a holistic approch for networked industry foresight. He has also advised leading firms from different industries on building foresight and strategic business development capabilities.

Nederland Maritiem Land (NML), Netherlands, is an organisation that connects twelve maritime sectors: ports, offshore, maritime suppliers, shipbuilding, ship operating, dredging, maritime services and knowledge institutes, inland shipping, Royal Navy, watersports and fisheries. It is a market-driven initiative that was created in 1997 following a re-energised national shipping policy. NML facilitates the Dutch maritime network. Its core aim is to join-up the various maritime sectors and link them with government and academia. NML also works closely with Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT), representing shipyards, marine equipment suppliers and service providers.

EMEC, Great Britain, is the world’s leading centre for testing wave and tidal energy converters at sea. Having hosted 17 companies (with 27 prototypes), more marine energy devices have been trialled at EMEC than any other site in the world. EMEC runs an international group for all the wave and tidal test sites. EMEC is on the management group for the H2020 MaRINET II project, both of which focus on transnational support for industrial development in the ocean energy sector.

Center of Maritime Technologies (CMT), Germany,  is a membership-based organisation in Hamburg with 85 members from industry(shipping, shipbuilding, ship equipment, classification societies & service providers), academia and research centres. CMT fosters maritime R&D&I and has close relationships with maritime industry associations and local clusters. Main research competences relate to production techniques, materials & structures, ship/offshore concepts, energy management & life cycle performance assessment. (/index.php?id=1&L=1), Denmark, is the official national knowledge centre and innovation network for the Danish offshore industry, facilitating networking activities within the offshore sector and universities. OEDK also manages technical and industry-wide development projects, participates in knowledge sharing activities and B2B events, and promotes of the Danish offshore sector in an international perspective. The organization has more than 270 member companies. Half of them are working within both oil/gas and wind industry which increases the transfer of skills between the segments.

The Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, is the largest university of applied sciences in the North Netherlands, and has an overall focus on (renewable) energy, healthy ageing and entrepreneurship. In the Knowledge Center Biobased Economy, these three domains come together. This knowledge center will contribute to PERISCOPE particularly by bringing in expertise on new business models (for single companies and value chains) and the circular/inclusive economy.

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