New businesses often develops out of existing industries combined with new knowledge and new market opportunities. An important approach in many of Norges Vel's projects is to create a meeting place and a network between research, business, and the public sector.
Many small and medium-sized businesses struggle with how they can take advantage of research. Research groups often have a different motivation than businesses. Norges Vel works with finding links between research and different industries focusing on the interests of businesses.
Market applications of research results
To create innovation and increased value creation, Norges Vel works with linking different expertise and networking between research and development (R&D) and business. We are actively working to create user-directed research and contribute to collaboration between research and business.
Norges Vel makes relevant research results available and transferrable for small and medium-sized businesses in the agricultural and food sectors.
Kelp - From research to revenue
The use of kelp as raw material for different industries has great potential for local value creation and employment. In addition, kelp farming is environmentally friendly and can become an important part of the new bio-economy. Norges Vel wishes to contribute to meking kelp a profitable and sustainable business for communities along the Norwegian coast, but there is a lot of pioneering work to be done to create an entirely new value chain from kelp seedlings to finished products.
Implementation of research-based knowledge is a vital tool for success, and Norges Vel took responsibility for applying to Regional Forskningsfond Vest, in collaboration with Seaweed AS, SINTEF Fiskeri og Havbruk AS, Nasjonalt institutt for Ernærings- og Sjømatforskning, and Nofima AS. Through this project, a value chain has been established at Seaweed for the farming of kelp and production of safe food products for national and international markets. Several customers are already trying the healthy and nutritious products from the ocean.
From research to renewable energy in Mozambique
Every year, 40-50 thousand tonnes of energy-intensive cashew nut shells are destroyed from the nut industry in Mozambique. Norges Vel has therefore looked at the possibility of using this waste product to produce electricity or utilize for household cooking to replace charcoal that comes from illegal logging. Norges Vel performed theoretical research in addition to developing business models that can both provide value for the owner of biomass and create jobs in the local community.
Because of this, a project has been established with a biomass owner to build disbribution of good ovens, produce pellets and later expand to the remaining cashew factories with similar volumes. The main objective is to reduce air pollution from making food with coal, and give access to clean and sustainable energy. At the same time, we strengthen the local processing industry that create jobs and local value creation in the cashew industry.