Northern Connections is a partnership of 21 clusters, cities, regions and knowledge institutions working together to create innovative connections between enterprises and clusters in the energy sector.

Northern Connections Newsletter, January 2018

Transnational Working Days * Living Labs * Matchmaking

* Partner Testimonials * Events 

All partners in Northern Connections gathered for the third Transnational Working Days in Kiel
Making a one point entry in the cities on innovation partnerships and how to increase cities use of innovation procurement was some of the challenges discussed at the working days in Kiel.

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Findings WP3 presented in Kiel in December 2017
The aim of WP3 is to support knowledge transfer between project partners who represent the three different parts of the triple helix. The HCU and the WP3 partners organised and conducted two surveys. 

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Living Labs in the making 
Living Test Laboratories or Living Labs are a platform where companies can test their technologies in a real environment. Currently, the Northern Connections project is working on a way to set the criteria to define when a location can be called a Living Lab. 

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Workshop Impressions in Kiel 2017
The participants was gathered for the third time to discuss topics such as “paving the way to transnational innovation cooperation with concrete measures” and “paving the way with framework conditions”.  

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Aarhus concretizes WP5 policy recommendations in existing strategies
WP 5 has come to a deeper understanding  of the barriers and potentials regarding transnational innovation and cooperation.

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Successful matchmaking helps companies generate business
Cities from all around Europe convened to discuss the theme at the Celsius Summit conference, where Business Region Göteborg organised around 90 pre-arranged matchmaking meetings between companies, politicians and representatives of European cities. 

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Gothenburg project in knowledge sharing at European level
The Fossil-free Energy Districts project, or FED, was presented in Brussels on 7 November. Within FED, new, innovative solutions for a fossil-free society will be tested and energy use reduced. The goals and challenges were discussed at European level.

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First hydrogen wind turbine for sustainable fuel 
The world’s first hydrogen wind turbine is to be sited in the Netherlands in the begning of 2019.

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Partner Testimonials 

Sustainable Business Hub
Sustainable Business Hub is one of Sweden’s leading cleantech clusters with a strong focus on urban sustainability Sweden has been a frontrunner in this area, and Sustainable Business Hub works to capitalise on this strength by convening businesses, universities, and public authorities around specific challenges and providing them with a platform to collaborate for innovation.

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North Region Denmark
As a partner in the Northern Connections INTERREG programme, North Denmark Region see the project collaboration as a great opportunity to push our agenda on energy, innovation and international cluster collaboration.

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Øresund Climate Week
Denmark and Sweden will be co-hosting the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in May 2018. There will be a week-long energy conference Øresund Climate Week, where key actors both from non-profits, international organisations and businesses will meet. Held in co-operation with Malmö, the conference will focus on promoting green transition.

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Northern Connections connects to SXSW 8-15 March
The City of Oslo and OREEC is going to Austin and SXSW. This event is from the 8th of March to the 15th of March.The Northern Connections is meeting up with TechNordic and other EU-projects.

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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

The Northern Connections newsletter is bimonthly and will cover Living Labs, events, progress and innovative findings on the unique corporation of clusters, cities, regions and enterprises in the North Sea region.
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