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InflowControl, a Herøya-based company, headed by Vidar Mathiesen (photo), has won DNB’s NOK 200,000 regional innovation prize. InflowControl has developed an autonomous inflow control valve for the oil industry which is the best business idea in Telemark, Vestfold and Buskerud. 

Steuler Solar GmbH has developed and patented a new generation of crucibles for production of wafers for the solar cell industry. This crucible will be an important aid in the reduction of production costs for pure solar energy. Its subsidiary, Steuler Solar Technology AS, is now establishing pilot production of crucibles at Herøya Industrial Park.

The region’s new industry incubator established at Herøya is offering a gift package to trade and industry. “Companies participating in ownership will have the opportunity to develop their own business as well as helping to promote others,” says Jørn Roar Bamle, project member and partner from Vekst i Grenland.

The millions earmarked by Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Industry, for an incubator for industry and technology gave rise to enormous enthusiasm in the region. NOK 5 million have now been allocated to SIVA for establishment of an industrial incubator at Herøya. If everything goes according to plan, the incubator – which will be affiliated to the industrial centre at Herøya – will be operational over the New Year.

Yara Technology Centre has taken on 25 new members of staff since 2011. They have been recruited to help with innovation-driven development within the company. Yara is concentrating its efforts on improvements and innovations in the fields of fertiliser, food production and the environment.

Yara’s compound fertiliser production is absolutely booming. “The summer of 2012 is the best we have ever had,”says factory manager Per Knudsen (pictured) happily.

– Grenland is a relevant recruitment area we can use, say FMC Technologies and Norsk Analyse, who have just established a presence at Herøya.

 

REC ASA has decided to cease further funding of REC Wafer Norway AS. Consequently there is no basis for a solvent winding-up of the company and the Board of REC Wafer Norway AS has resolved to file for bankruptcy.

 

"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" 

The pilot plant for CO2 capture constructed at Herøya has provided such good results that Gassnova has given the green light for the next phase in the project. The completed tests show that the concept is able to capture 90 % of the CO2 in various types of waste gases. 

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