UNIS part of new center for research-based innovation

UNIS part of new center for research-based innovation

Top image: The Sustainable Arctic Coastal and Marine Technology center will develop necessary technology for activity in the Arctic environment, both for the offshore energy sector and land-based operations. Ill. photo: Aleksey Marchenko/UNIS.

The Research Council of Norway has awarded 10 million NOK annually over the next eight years to a new center for research-based innovation which is headed by NTNU and where UNIS is a vital partner. – This center will make UNIS a stronger scientific node in an area that is vital for the future business development in the Barents Sea, says UNIS director Gunnar Sand.

17 December 2010
Press release from UNIS

The name of the center is ”Sustainable Arctic Coastal and Marine Technology”, and its objective is to develop necessary technology for activity in the Arctic environment, both for the offshore energy sector and land-based operations.

The objective is anchored in climate challenges and safety issues concerning ice and weather strain on offshore installations, and coastal-based infrastructure where erosion and reduced permafrost could become a consequence of climate change.

The geographical scope of the center encompasses not only Norway and Svalbard, but the Barents Sea and northwestern Russia.

To get funding from the Research Council, the center application competed against over 70 other applications, whereof only seven won through.

– We are very pleased and proud that this center application was successful. We knew we had a fair chance, but that we actually succeeded in a competition where only 10 % of the applications were successful is quite overwhelming, says UNIS director Gunnar Sand.

Cooperation with Russia
The center will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The center leader, NTNU professor Sveinung Løset, who also holds an adjunct position at UNIS, points out the importance of the scientific research performed in the Arctic Technology department at UNIS over the last 15 years.

– UNIS offers a unique competence in modeling and access to field-based research, and professor Aleksey Marchenko has contributed strongly in securing close cooperation with well qualified Russian research institutions, that will be involved in this center too, Løset explains.

– This center will make UNIS a stronger scientific node in the coming years, in an area that is vital for the future business development in the Barents Sea, says Sand.

Center partners
The center will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and UNIS and SINTEF Byggforsk are partners alongside several other international research institutions. Corporate businesses involved are Statoil Petroleum AS, Total E&P Norge AS, Shell Technology Norway AS, Aker Engineering & Technology AS, Multiconsult AS, Barlindhaug Concult AS, DNV Research and Innovation and Kongsberg Maritime AS.

In addition to the 10 million NOK awarded annually by the Research Council, the center will get 15 million NOK annually from the industry partners.

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