Day 1 (18 October)
During the first day of our conference “Of Course on Course”, current projects and potential markets were in focus. Several representatives from our member Sigma Energy & Marine presented two on-going projects financially supported by OffshoreVäst, which concerned offshore fish farming and power transmission systems for wave power plants respectively.
Emiliano Pinori, RISE, held a presentation on the OCEANIC project which focuses on anticorrosion and antifouling protection. Pinori was followed by Anders Wickström, FlowOcean. He described his company and then tried to rally everyone there to start a Swedish pilot study involving Swedish companies and organisations which then hopefully would lead into a development project:
“[…] secure Sweden’s energy supply as the nuclear power plants are shut down! We have to utilize the wind resources at sea.”
Next speaker was Åke Rohlén, Arctic marine solutions. He talked about the Arctic, its current markets and also stakeholders such as Russia, China and… Norway. He also mentioned Sweden’s role:
“The development of the Arctic… I know this is a sensitive subject, but we must not forget that it is the governments that decide these things. If you are going to work there then it is important to work in a sustainable way, something which is also stated in the Swedish strategy.”
Next up was Jonas Ringsberg, Chalmers. He spoke about the need for cooperation and team work and also said the challenges of the ocean creates specific demands for the ocean energy sector, where there is no such thing as a universal solution but instead “We must look at every specific case and then adapt accordingly.”
Day 2 (19 October)
Our second and final day of the conference was initiated by a presentation from Roger Berg, SAAB KOCKUMS. He spoke about the company’s current markets and projects with a special focus on subsea. Something which he mentioned was Sweden’s unique competence in the subsea sector:
“Sweden has a unique ability, competence and also corporations and organizations when it comes to subsea technology.”
The last speaker of the conference was Chris Moyle, Norsk Hydro (formerly SAPA). He shared his knowledge about aluminum and also tried to correct a couple of prejudices regarding the material:
”Things we often hear: it’s weak, it corrodes, it’s expensive, it’s flammable […] Aluminum has developed a lot.”
Chris suggested aluminum could be a solution to many problems but that one has to know what to use it for as comparing the costs of aluminum to steel is simply a bad idea. The difference according to him was if you could look at the actual use and perhaps most important – the end product:
”Just comparing aluminum to steel, comparing 1 ton… then aluminum is expensive, but you need to look at value not just the material in itself, what can you do with it?”
Our annual conference was summarized by our current process leader Erik Bunis and our former one – Kerstin Hindrum. She suggested that despite what the Swedish innovation agency initially thought, one of the strengths of OffshoreVäst is and always has been our broad competence as knowledge is transferred between different segments and sectors.
Until next time!