For the first time, Norway is introducing a digital marketplace for green technology. The Explorer efficiently matches international needs with pioneering, green solutions from Norway.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is launching The Explorer for an international audience at the GreenTech Festival in Berlin on Friday.
Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg unveiled The Explorer last year. It was her government that gave Innovation Norway, in cooperation with the business community, the task of developing this type of matchmaking service.
“The Norwegian business sector has pioneered many green and sustainable solutions and can help to solve some of our global challenges,” says Håkon Haugli, CEO of Innovation Norway.
In one year, nearly 500 companies have registered their solutions, and about 200 solutions have so far been quality assured and published. The Explorer is now ready to enter the world stage.
Launching at a festival for green innovation
The Explorer presents technology across a range of industries. All solutions help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or other negative environmental impact and are directly linked to at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The Explorer accommodates everything from clean energy to sustainable food production,” explains Haugli.
The marketplace is being launched at one of the world’s largest green technology events, the GreenTech Festival in Berlin, on 23 –25 May. Norway is the official partner country for the festival this year.
Electric ships and green data centres
The world’s first electric ferry from Fjellstrand, green data centres from Statkraft and many SMEs and large companies from all over the country can be found on The Explorer.
Newcomer Aquasolis Global is working on water purification and is part of The Explorer. “Aquasolis Global is on The Explorer because we see the benefits of being united on a Norwegian ‘national team’ for green technology. Small and large companies alike can benefit from standing together when we are competing in international markets,” says Ole Sandok, chairman of Aquasolis Global.
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