"Pilot Arena Herøya is intended to be the place where you are most likely to succeed in commercialising an industrial innovation," says Rolf Olaf Larsen, who works in business development at Herøya Industrial Park. "The aim is to develop future-oriented products and more jobs"
Herøya Industrial Park has developed the Pilot Arena Herøya concept to help future-oriented technologies and production processes make the transition to an industrial startup. Norwegian authorities and industry are looking on with great interest. The aim is to increase innovative capability so as to secure future development and value creation.
- "We have a unique position in Norway, with access to the crucial resources for success in the establishment of new industries," Larsen points out. "For instance we can help answer important questions which an investor will ask, such as how realistic the project is, how much it will cost and how long it will take."
Few industrial enterprises are ready for establishment from the start, so Herøya prefers to get involved at an earlier stage.
Knowledge centre for pilot projects
All new industrial startups have to go through a pilot phase, which requires access to different kinds of knowledge: technical, estimating, design, construction, project engineering, operations and maintenance. Herøya has solid knowledge of technology and processes, professional suppliers and good links to financing sources, both public and private.
"The competences at Herøya are transferable to other new enterprises, and we also have access to new knowledge through our networks," Larsen comments.
Apart from knowledge and networks, Herøya is currently building premises and plant for implementing pilot trials.
- "Our ambition is to be a national arena for bringing important industrial innovations to fruition," Larsen says. "And we need to be a meeting place where entrepreneurs and ideas makers can join hands with competent Norwegian technological environments and financing sources – both public and private.
Herøya focusses particularly on process-oriented industry of relevance to fields such as the development of new and efficient environmental technology, e.g. within renewable energy or CO2 capture. This is also fully in line with the environmental movement's claim that industry is part of the climate solution, and crucial for developing energy-efficient processes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.