Northern Connections is a partnership of 20 clusters, cities, regions and knowledge institutions working together to create innovative connections between enterprises and clusters in the energy sector.

Northern Connections News, October 2017: 

* The project is on track * Matchmaking events * Transnational events * Innovation and Internationalisation *

The Northern Connections project is on track

The first reporting period for Northern Connections is about to finish. In general, the project is on the right track according to the overall time schedule. Each Work Package is off to a good start and the focus is on closer collaboration between the partners.

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Renewable Energy Hamburg cluster at Husum Wind 2017 exhibition

“Welcome to the home of wind energy” – This has been the claim of the onshore exhibition Husum Wind for many years now. In 2017, the claim made more sense than before. The storm, “Sebastian”, almost blew the exhibition tents away. Nevertheless, exhibitors, participants and the team of Husum Wind kept calm and carried on.

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Northern Connections at NSR Sustainable Corridors Conference

Just before the summer, Northern Connections participated at the Interreg NSR Conference Sustainable Corridors in Göttingen, Germany. During the workshop sessions in the afternoon, there was the possibility to get involved in a variety of discussions on e.g. how to use your steering group and how to keep your project on the right track. We met colleagues from around the North Sea and had great exchange of experience on these matters.

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Innovation + internationalisation of cleantech = Northern Connections 

On september 15th, OREEC gathered 140 representatives from the private sector, the public sector and from academia in Oslo for an international meeting aiming to present Northern Connections for all actors and to set internationalisation through collaboration between cities and clusters, on the agenda.

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Denmark’s Most Energetic Cluster

House of Energy, a national energy cluster in Denmark, is the gathering point for energy companies of all types and sizes, and for every link in the value chain. One of our main purposes is to connect our members with the rising global energy sector by facilitating system export, strategic cluster cooperation and cross-border R&D projects.

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Synergy with ClusterFY at Northern Connections Transnational Workshop

The Northern Connections Interregional WP4 and WP5 meeting will be held on October 16 to October 18, 2017. The transnational workshop will take place in Groeningen in the Northern Netherlands. The topic of these workshop days will be WP4  and WP5 in collaboration with SNN Interreg C Project ClusterFY. It is thus a prime example on how synergy with other projects can be expressed in joint events.

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Reception in Oslo City Hall

Dear representatives from the privat sector, the public sector and from academia please make a reservation in your calendars for a reception in Oslo City Hall on November 28th, 2018 where Oslo is hosting the Transnational Working Days event in the Nothern Connections project. We'll keep you posted. 

Living Lab Alkmaar  

Living Lab Alkmaar helps business partners to bring their innovative energy solutions to the (international) market and helps them find qualified labor force. Living Lab Alkmaar also creates more high level jobs and sustainable energy solutions. 

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The Swedish Government wants to invest in new test environment 

The Swedish Government has promised to invest about 105 million euro in a new test environment for electric vehicles at Lindholmen in Gothenburg. The move further strengthens the Gothenburg region’s position as one of the world’s leading clusters in the shifting automotive industry. The new test centre will be owned by Chalmers University of Technology and Rise, the Swedish Research Institute, which is headquartered at Lindholmen.

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A toolbox for clusters

A new toolbox in relation to the Northern Connections project will be published in December 2018, and it will contain practical tools for creating events, services, long-term initiatives and internationalisation. Additionally, the toolbox is an inspirational catalogue, which comprehends matchmaking, knowledge sharing and idea creation. 

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HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) - Institute of urban planning and regional development

The institute of urban planning and regional development at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) has been working in several international applied research projects in the field of regional development, interregional cooperation and urban-rural cooperation.

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Matchmaking Event in Alkmaar 

At October 18th 2017 a match making event will take place in the Centre for Expertise on Green Gas (InVesta) in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, for finding new partners for the R&D and business development programme. The event focuses on the pre-treatment of biomass, valorisation process of Green Gas and the production of bio fuels and bio chemicals.

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Transnational Working Days coming up before Christmas

On December 11-13 all partners in Northern Connections are gathering for the third time in Kiel, Germany. The structure of the conference is the same as the two previous with a Steering Group Meeting Monday 11th in the afternoon and a joint dinner in the evening. 

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If you have questions or comments feel free to contact Senior Communications Consultant Rikke Schak Toustrup-Jensen on (+45) 2420 9241 or

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