Digital Innovation Hubs

DIH Profile

Energy Valley

Hub Information

Hub Name
Energy Valley
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope


Energy Valley is a non-for-profit technology cluster and a Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE) in energy technology with a centre of gravity in the greater capital region of Norway. As a Digital Innovation Hub we offer infrastructure for collaboration, knowledge transfer and new insight, and we help our members adapt to, benefit from, and contribute to an energy industry in transition.

Energy Valley’s 160 members represent the entire value chain in the energy industry, ranging from big operators to small software companies, from established business players to start-ups, from research institutions to sales organisations. Approximately 130 of the members are SMEs in the midst of a transition to a digital energy market. As Norway’s largest cluster, our members collectively employ more than 31 000 highly skilled professionals and create over 50 billion NOK in annual value added.

Energy Valley Digital Innovation Hub (EV-DIH) connects people and ideas across industry, academia, finance and politics by offering meeting places and platforms for cooperation and knowledge sharing. We believe in the power of networks and that companies and institutions that collaborate are more innovative, more productive and more competitive.

Energy Valley Digital Innovation Hub is an initiative to accelerate the digital energy transformation and foster unique cross-industry collaborations to create value and advance innovative technologies in energy and beyond. A strategic focus area of this initiative is the digital transformation of the industry in general and the SMEs in the Energy Valley cluster in particular. This is highlighted in our flagship project “SME Digital Transformation”, which is chaired by Morten Dalsmo, EVP Sintef Digital & Chair of Norway’s Digital21 program.

Several of the largest system integrators in Energy Valley, like DNV GL, Siemens, ABB, Equinor, Aker Solutions, TechnipFMC, Kongsberg Digital, and more, are developing digital platforms for new digital services. From an SME perspective, EV-DIH is targeting the need for a structural collaboration in these digital platforms across the value chain. We believe the development of the platforms will accelerate when the SMEs join with new perspectives and needs. On the other end we are working to increase the digital maturity of the region’s SMEs to enable them to take advantage of the digital platforms and integrate them into their daily business. This will increase value creation across the entire value chain in the energy market.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)
Energy Valley NCE Energy Technology
Year Established
Oksenøveien 10, 1366, Lysaker (Norway)
Social Media
Contact information
Emil Løvgren
Contact information
Preben Strøm


Organizational form
Networked organization, without formal structure
Number of employees


  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Photonics and imaging technologies
  • Communication networks
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Interaction technologies
  • Cyber security
  • Advanced, or high performance computing
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services

1. University of Oslo – SIRIUS Centre for Scalable Data Access

SIRIUS is a Norwegian Centre for Research-driven Innovation that addresses the problems of scalable data access in the oil & gas industry.

2. Norwegian Open AI Lab

The Norwegian Open Artificial Intelligence Lab is a research centre that aims at bringing all research efforts within AI together, and provide an excellent infrastructure and framework for industry to engage effectively.

3.Digital Norway

Digital Norway is an initiative by the industry for the industry with a goal of increasing the competitiveness of Norwegian industry by increasing the digital maturity of companies across industries and disciplines.

Relevant regional RIS3 strategies: ICT

Market and Services


  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Research
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Access to shared data sets

Access to realistic data sets and specific sensor output is of high value for companies developing new software applications for the O&G-industry. Operators have started sharing more data, like Equinor’s open access to production data from the closed down Volve field, and AkerBP’s Open Industrial Data project. In this initiative we focus on which data and data types that are shared by the operators today, how to get access to these data, and what strategies the operators have for future sharing of more data.

The aim of the initiative is both to share knowledge about available data types and data sources, and to identify challenges with data access from the developers’ perspective.

  1. Client profile: Application developers.
  2. Client needs: Access to realistic datasets for validating their solutions.
  3. Provided solution: Seminars focusing on sharing information about available datasets. Establishing direct links between the application developers and the data owners.

Incubator support

Energy.invented is our innovation platform for incubation programs and mentoring to cutting edge energy technology start-ups. We provide flexible office solutions, digital infrastructure, scale-up- and investment consultancy. We aim to create a world leading ecosystem for energy technology and our community will help start-ups connect to some of the best international professionals and mentors within energy technology.

  1. Client profile: Technology start-ups and scale-ups.
  2. Client needs: Access to digital infrastructure and experienced mentors.
  3. Provided solution: Free offices with all necessary infrastructure available for selected start-ups. Pitching opportunities for start-ups and scale-ups before experienced mentors and world-leading accelerator programs like the Techstars Energy Accelerator.

Project development

To identify relevant trends, challenges and opportunities, we perform strategic analysis of the cluster ecosystem together with selected industry experts within digital solutions, energy technology, technology transfer and sustainability. Based on response from the member companies and institutions we contribute to project development, creating consortia, funding proposals and workshops.

  1. Client profile: R&D companies, Research institutes, Universities and end users.
  2. Client needs: Project facilitation, networking, project planning and development
  3. Provided solution: Workshops on selected topics with invited parties. Connecting people. Secure funding to feasibility studies and larger collaboration projects.

Technology scouting and targeted matchmaking

Energy Valley is continuously mapping the key technology and competence differentiators of its member companies and institutions and actively help partners connect with the specific technology experts for their project or challenge at hand.

Expertise within the cluster members ranges from additive manufacturing and automation through submersible electronics and ROVs to data analytics and new business models for the digital transition. Tell us what you need, and we will connect you with the right person in the right company or institution.

  1. Client profile: SMEs with disruptive technologies or cutting-edge solutions and large operators and system integrators
  2. Client needs: Establish contact with large operators and system integrators and generate awareness of the new possibilities these technologies and solutions provide.
  3. Provided solution: Technology seminars with invited SMEs. Matchmaking events for SMEs to meet with procurement responsible from the operators and system integrators.


  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships


Number of customers annually
Type of customers
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations
  • Partners

    Last updated: 04/10/19 11:24