The country has undergone an impressive transformation over the last 25 years. The process has been hailed an economic success. However, Poland is among the least resource-efficient economies in the EU. Eco-innovation, leading to considerable cost savings and higher resource productivity emerges as one of the key strategic policy options for the country.
Our activities in Poland goes back to 2005 when we was a SINTEF branch office. During the last years we have developed and executed several innovation and environmemtal projects in partnership with local authorities and companies.
Supported by Innovation Norway, IDN and technology partner ICB Digital is developing a Cloud-based Smart Factory solution for manufacturing SMEs. The development takes place in close collaboration with manufacturing partner HTS Maskinteknikk.
Going digital and running a digitalization project has become priority number one on the agenda for many enterprises in all sizes and various sectors of the economy. Digitalization and automation are transforming manufacturing in several ways including intelligent products communication (IoT), digital supply chain, automation based on robotics and computer-aided manufacturing and automation of internal processes.
However, researches show that so far mostly large enterprises have managed to empower their digitalization projects, supported by extensive investments into IT infrastructure and human capacity. Considering that for larger enterprises enabling the SMART factory could be a matter of planning and managing their available IT budgets, for the small and
medium-sized business, keeping up with the new digital market trends is a challenge in terms of available financial and human resources.
Looking at the European level statistics, only 5% of SME enterprises have started their digitalization projects. If we look into details into the Norwegian manufacturing industry, we won’t be able to see much better results. Moreover, the industry is literally struggling for the past five years, not being able to generate profit and to grow.
IDN and its partners aim at developing an Industry 4.0 solution that is affordable, accessible and relatively easy to integrate and tailored to the business needs of the customers, this will enable manufacturing SMEs to become Factories of the future.
The main objective of Industry4SME is to offer an affordable pay-as-you-go Industry 4.0 solution in the cloud (Microsoft Azure), tailored to the production processes of small to medium enterprises. The platform will drive the digital transformation of the production in the direction of smart maintenance, digital supply chain, and new data-driven business models.
Following the key Industry 4.0 design principles, Industry4SME aims to inter-connect business-level software systems (such as ERP, PLM, CRM) with operational data from the field, thus allowing observed manufacturing operations to be compared against planned. In a contribution to the third Industry 4.0 pillar, the system will support human operators in their day-to-day decision-making tasks.
Used tires are not biodegradable, they are difficult to compact, occupying large space and they are also a very serious ecological problem, with the growing tendency. (Every year about 3.2 million tonnes of used tyres are generated in Euro Zone + Norway + Switzerland; in Poland 190 thousand tonnes is generated). The The main objective of the project is to apply innovative technology for the production process of high quality green products based on used tyres. The expected output of the project is mainly realisation of business opportunities of greening the European economy, what will be achieved by extending extising recycling process of used tires and introducing to new for company product: TDF (tire derived fuel) and improved product: steel cord. The will support most of all extension of the facility in Sławno by purchase and delivery new production line necessary to start-up production of TDF and improved steel cord and briquetting. IDN task is focused on business development – market research and CSR strategy developed for the company needs. Target group are suppliers of used tires and new customers. Indirectly it will influence partners also in Scandinavian markets and environmental stakeholders in the Sławno neighbourhood.
Vinderen has signed contract for implementation of the project in June 2015 and slowly starts it implementation. Project should be accomplished by April 2017.
In June 2014 IDN, supported by TFoU, was awarded with the public contract by the Marshall’s Office of Mazovia for organization and operating an open call for the proposals addressed to SME’s seated in the region dedicated to joined research projects. All applicants had to prove a partnership with research institution and a good idea for project which will increase innovation in the company. In the call for proposals there was over 40 proposals submitted, 20 of them will be awarded with the small grant ( 20 000 PLN) for realisation of joined projects.
IDN has been responsible for whole process all the way – starting from development of the regulation of the call, organization of the Operator’s office, receiving and assessing of the applications. At the final stage of the call we have handled ranking lists of the evaluated proposals to the Marshall’s Office which now is in the process of signing the contracts. The last part of the project will be organization of the summing up conference which be held in September 2014 in Warsaw. Grants will be awarded for different companies and ideas – starting from developing an IT tool for judgment in proffessional horse racing, trough development of the algoritms aplied in mobile health devices to projects assesing and increasing features of wood or concret. We cross the fingers for all of them!
Development of the triple helix model for innovation and regional development has been continuously an important topic in Mazovia and many shareholders undertake the action in order to increase competences and capacities of researchers, administration and entrepreneurs.
Mazovia Development Agency within its evaluation activities, has ordered e-learning course for phD students and researchers and IDN was chosen to evaluate and verify the content of the course. The training focuses on effective communication with business and intellectual property rights.
The course is realized in the framework of the project “ Development of science is development of the region – scholarships and support for PhD students in Mazovia”.
FabLab based concept in still new in Poland, therefore we are pleased to announced that the first EEA Funded NGO project has been just lunched. In the framework of the project “ Social innovation for supporting dysfunctional families” we are going to adapt FabLab methodology and create two workshops (FabLab) to be used by kids ( aged 5-15 ) who are in serious risk of social exclusion. IDN as a Partner from Norway, where FabLab concept is known, is going to share the experience and help to successfully implement the idea . We wish that the ” FabLabs” will become one of importnat the facilitators of local development and that they will create an opportunity for joined actions for the shareholders – administration, entreprenurs and educational institutions. The project is going to be located in Warsaw, in the area where the percentage of exluded ( or in the risk of exclusion) is relatively higher than in other neighbourhoods in Polish capital.
In the project we are going to fulfil the basic needs of young tenants but by creating FabLab space also to increase technical competences to be used in adult life. We hope that the places we are going to create within the project will become one of the important facilitator of local development. Project is going to be located in Warsaw, in the area ( Prague North) where the percentage of excluded is relatively higher than in other quarters.
Project is lead by Catholic Anti-Narcotic Movement ( www.karan.pl) which since 30 years has been involved in various action for groups excluded from the society.
Innovating is meeting of various people, ideas and competences. In the framework of system project, run by the Mazovian Marshall’s Office “Masovian Consulting and Information Centre Network in the scope of innovation (MSODI)” International Development Norway AS was responsible for organization of 2 day meeting for the companies and researchers looking for a common opportunites.
We invited over 100 people to meet and talk on prearanged appointments, coming from a number of buisness sectors. Match-making Forum has been designed as one of the coherent system activities run by Marshall’s Office of Mazovia togehter with the educational compenent and small grants scheme which should available during 2014. MSODI project is funded by European Social Fund within the framework of Operational Programme Human Capital.
IDN was resposible for overall organzation of the event – including recrtuitment and pre-assesment for the ideas, practical organization and promotion of the Forum.
125 workshops on innovation in the central region of Poland! Innovation in SME sector is one of the most important topics in regions of Central Eastern Europe. Together with PSDB ltd as Lead Partner International Development Norway executed project of infoseminars within the system project of Mazovian Marshall’s Office in Warsaw. Masovian Consulting and Information Centre Network in the scope of innovation (MSODI) thorough number of coherent activities aims to increase the innovativeness of the Mazovia region. One of the important project component focuses on capacity building of entrepreneus, employees and local administration represenatatives. Within local capacity building component IDN was responsible to provide expertise for 125 workshops realized in the period of November 2012-December 2013 in 5 regional hubs of central region of Poland. The topics covered various aspects of innovation in the company ( strategy, tools) and its meaning for the local development. Project “Masovian Consulting and Information Centre Network in the scope of innovation (MSODI)” is financed from the resources of the European Social Fund within the framework of Operational Programme Human Capital by the Masovian Marshall’s Office
The goal is to provide Salsnes Filters with the necessary background information needed to achieve the ambition settled for Polish market ie. become one on the main technology suppliers with significant sale volume on the municipal waste water treatment market.
The information provided within activities proposed below should give Salsnes good basis to understand the communal WWT market and have its comprehensive overview.
Due to the available public funding mechanisms it would be valuable to identify 2-3 topics for further development in respect of Salsnes long term activities in Poland. The project is funded by Salsnes Filter AS
The Polish-Norwegian partnership for knowledge transfer in management of the waste electrical and electronic equipment in Poland, with particular attention to provinces: Mazowieckie and Slaskie (WEEEZO).
WEEEZO project is focused on dissemination and transfer of knowledge and best practices in the area of managing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Its main objective is to support businesses and local government units in range of knowledge and technology transfer of WEEE waste management. The project offers free of charge services :
All services provided under the project are free of charge. Project participants can count on professional help in seeking of innovative solutions not available on Polish market, advice in funding possibilities and its further implementation. SINTEF, which is the Project Contractor entrusted to IDN full responsibility for the implementation of the Project WEEEZO.
Development the methods of technology transfer in the field of environmental protection in the region of Mazowsze.
The Project is supported by the EEA and Norway Grants scheme therefore the overall goal of the project is to contribute to bilateral relations between Polish and Norwegian entities. The main goal of the Project is develop the optimal technology transfer model, which could be applied in Poland on the basis of the Norwegian best practices in that field.
The respective areas for the Project are Mazovia and Trøndelag and in regard to the field of interest the focus shall be kept on the environmental protection issues. The level of innovation is quite low in respected area, still in Poland scientific knowledge has been recognized as a key input factor leading to innovation, business development, and wealth creation, but there is not much done to support the technology transfer process and the science itself. In this area we experience the support provided by international donors as EU of EEA. National grant schemes are far insufficient for the needs. This project shall be considered as the chance to create a platform of exchange and business relations for both Norwegian and Polish institutes dealing with the environmental technologies.
Assessment of the EEA funded project “Obtaining synergy effect through simultaneous implementation of the health prevention, health promotion program and the comprehensive prenatal care program”.
The Project ‘Obtaining Synergy Effect through Simultaneous Implementation of the health Prevention Programme and the Comprehensive Perinatal Care Programme ’ has been realized by the in the period 2008-2011. The financial sources for project implementation were granted in the second call of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and European Economic Area Mechanism announced in Poland in 2007.
The Project is to fulfil a general aim which is connected with the improvement of physical and mental health among children and adolescents, and with the increase in awareness concerning health. The effect of synergy is planned to be achieved by combining three different modules.
The first module covers prophylaxis to be carried out among children and adolescents attending to schools in Krosno.
The second module refers to improving knowledge about health and health concerning issues. The third module focuses on the improvement of the perinatal health.
Fjell Kommune was invited to the project as the partner providing the expertise and experience in the field of healthcare. IDN is supporting Fjell Kommune in its performed tasks and cooperation with Polish partner.
Protection of the Environment through development of knowledge and information system.
The project was funded trough Polish Norwegian Research Fund. The goal of the Project was to organize an international conference on the various aspects of the environmental information – the access to it and tools which enable its use to the citizens, local authorities, entrepreneurs – especially regarding the legal framework of environmental problems and best available technologies.
The workshop was also considered as a meeting platform and starting point for the forthcoming EEA mechanism 2010-2014 The conference was successfully accomplished in June 2010.
The economic promotion of the region, computerization of the voivodeship, training activities as well as the preparation of investment project are but a few of the numerous tasks of the Agencja Rozwoju Mazowsza S.A. (Mazovia Development Agency Plc).
The Agency’s mission is to create and support the socio-economic development of Mazovia. While executing its undertakings the Agency supports the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and local government units. The main objective of the Agency is to attract and provide support services to the investor.
The activities of Mazovia Development Agency Plc are directed at the following groups of recipients:
The Institute was established in 1951. It is a state research and development body operating in the field of mechanized construction, industrial automation and the construction industry, mechanical engineering and safety, construction equipment and rock mining machinery, waste management and recycling, information science, technical and economic information.
The Institute has highly qualified researchers and testing and engineering staff as well as unique specialized laboratories, testing facilities and benches with modern, high quality measurement and testing equipment.
Scope of research and development activities:
The Institute is authorized by relevant state authorities to (among others):
The Warsaw University of Technology is one of the leading institutes of technology in Poland, and one of the largest in Central Europe.
It employs 2,453 teaching faculty, with 357 professors (including 145 titular professors).The student body numbers 36,156 (as of 2011), mostly full-time. There are 17 faculties (divisions) covering almost all fields of science and technology. All are situated in Warsaw, except for one in Płock.
The origins of Warsaw University of Technology date back to 1826 when engineering education was begun in Warsaw Institute of Technology. IDN has cooperated with The Warsaw University of Technology since 2005 in different EEA project.
Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.
Presently he is the President/CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes , in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as assistant professor, Department of Managerial Economic and Operations Research, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and manage research activities in SINTEF and proven competences in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programmes, Competitiveness Innovation Programmes (CIP), EEA grants, but also private clients (industry).
Of significant importance is his engagement at the projects with technology transfer and commercialization of technology, innovative solutions in solar energy and their contribution to decentralized robust solutions and job creation (project Technology & Business Cooperation Norway-Uzbekistan), Waste Treatment Solutions (2011-2013 Serbia), Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas in Uzbekistan (2010-2011), Local Innovation and Business Development in Bioenergy and Plastic Recycling, Romania (2009-2011¬). In the period 2008-2012 he also provided support in Technological Innovations in Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power Romania (mCCHP Innovation), WEEE Technology Transfer and Promotion between Norway-Poland, as well as Environmental Technology Transfer Mid-Norway Poland and Joint Applied Research and Economic Cooperation between Norway and Kharhov Region.
Graduate from International Relations faculty at the University of Wrocław , Administration at Law and Administration Faculty in at the University of Warsaw in progress. International experience in development, management and implementation of projects related to the technology transfer, innovation and SME support, funded by public mechanism, mainly of EU Structural Funds and EEA FM projects. Expertise in feasibility studies, application and tendering documentation Experience in running commercial entities in international environment.
Experienced researcher of innovation, RTD and entrepreneurship policy. Policy Maker of innovation, RTD and entrepreneurship policy
Dr. Klepka graduated and obtained a Ph.D. as economist (specialisation management) at the University of Lodz. For more than 15 years of his career he gathered experience, both as a researcher, manager and a trainer, with special regard to institution building, innovation, monitoring and evaluation.
A graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at Warsaw University of Technology, PhD in technical sciences. He currently works as the assistant professor at the same Faculty were he manages also the Laboratory of Environment Quality Research. Former advisor to the Minister of the Environment, now member of the National Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment and the chairman of the Central Youth Commission in Polish Federation of Engineering Associations.
Professional specialization is related to processes of environmental management, environmental impact assessment of industrial and infrastructure projects (especially those related to transport and waste management) as well as public consultation on large investments. His research interests are focused on the impact of air pollution on the environment, and above all on human health.
M.Sc in Environmental Protection, graduate of Faculty of Environmental Engineering Warsaw University of Technology and International Master of Business Administration Warsaw University of Technology Business School. Professional experience from: – scientific work and fact finding, – administration work at governmental level, – teaching at university level, – NGO’s initiatives. Main fields of competence and skills: – environmental assessments and revives, – environmental information, – technology transfer, – project application preparation and budgeting, – project management and accounting, – economics of environmental protection, – e-learning and distance working, – management, marketing and finance in environmental engineering.