The economy is characterised by a relatively high share of energy-intensive industries, making the transition to a greener economy challenging. Among the most discussed environmental improvements related topics in Slovakia are energy efficiency and greater utilisation of renewable energy sources.
Our presence in the country started in 2014. We are now involved in several projects where we contribute with Norwegian expertice on renewable energy, financial analysis and research.
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.
The project aims to develop innovative solutions for industrial waste exploitation and improvement of existing processes and environmental conditions in Fecupral waste management system based on bilateral cooperation.
The main objective of the project is to optimize industrial waste treatment, to reduce solid particles emissions, to decrease power consumption and improve energy recovery efficiency.
The current state of industrial waste processing in Norway and Slovakia offers an extraordinary possibility to create a new a platform for knowledge and information transfer on ” material and energy exploitation of waste ” topic and potentially create new business opportunities.
The project EcoVillage aims at creating of active partnership network to support ecovillages development, promote green tourism attractions, as well as raising awareness of the need to build sustainable communities exploiting renewable energy in the border region and beyond its borders.
The project is implemented by the lead partner Hriňovská energetická in cooperation with 3 Ukrainian partners – Perechynska state administration, bordering to the the districts of Eastern Slovakia, the Ukrainian energy company Ukrajinska energetična in Uzhgorod, Ukranian advertising company Ukraine Art in Kyiv and IDN (in cooperation with youth RES promotion organization UngEnergi). Project partners will be the co-founders of the network – The EcoVillage association.
Implementation of the project will be actively promoted and supported by the Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (ZMOS). During the project, the realization is expected also engagement from other local administrations in both countries, as well as associations/agencies promoting tourism, regional development, and businesses. The project envisages involvement of 13 partners from Slovakia, Ukraine, and Norway in the network. The network EcoVillage will focus on the implementation of three major initiatives:
IDN contributes with consultations on the content layout of mobile education center roadshow and a best practice report on the concept of Eco Village in Europe.
IDN participate in the EEA & Norway Grants project “Analysis and assessment of the state of the environment in the border region SK-UA to ensure the sustainability of the area”.
The territory of the Slovakia – Ukraine border is characterized by many peculiarities. These are as well in the natural – climate area as in cultural or economic area. Historical links between territories associated with low linguistic and cultural barriers create conditions for effective participation in the joint development of the adjacent area.
In terms of environmental zoning, the border area is characterized by the heterogeneity of the environment: from high-quality environment in the north (1st grade of protection, with the existence of the National Park Poloniny) to the deteriorated environment (4th grade – Zemplin burdened area and severely disturbed Latorica zone). This state of the environment extends to the border regions of Ukraine.
In economic terms, it is the least economically developed regions of Slovakia.
The project anticipates an analysis of the environment in the border area and it results in modeling variants of efficient land use involving the local population so that the proposed solutions contribute to the sustainable economic development of the area while protecting the environment.
To achieve these objectives, several subjects from the Slovak and Ukraine will participate in the project, in order to ensure the heterogeneity of scientific and professional profile of partners (universities, research institutes, management of the national park, etc.). IDN participates with knowledge from Norway and Europe within the sustainable development of regions.
Project Promoter: University of Prešov
IDN participate in the EEA & Norway Grants cross-border project Carpathian Portal. The project aims to promote the cross-border region between Slovakia and Ukraine as a tourist destination. The are have many attributes that make it an attractive tourist destination, but it is lacking a coordinated promotion. The implementation period is from April 2016 – April 2017 and the main target of the projects is the creation of a tourist web-portal. IDN participates with Norwegian experts on developing tourist destinations and web-portals.
1) Make web-portal for tourism in the region (historic sites and monuments, services, transportation, accommodation, map, contact information and so on)
2) QR-code 400 tourist sites and monuments in the region
3) Make application for mobile phone, based on web-portal and QR-code service
4) Make tourist guide for hand outs
1) Best practice report on tourist portals based on experiences from Norway and the World
2) Participation in workshop/conference with expertise on web portals and tourism
The border region is one of the least economically developed regions of Slovakia (its GDP per inhabitant in purchasing power standard presents only 51,7% of the EU-28 average in 2013 according Eurostat). In order to facilitate further sustainable development, there is a need of exploring new innovative solutions implemented on the regional level.
Recently several initiatives in Europe have been exploring Circular Economy, as alternative to a traditional linear economy, in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. The significant component of the Circular economy presents the creation of so-called Industrial Symbiosis partnerships as a way of fostering local economic development and enhancing environmental benefits for local companies. By using the best available technology and unused or residual resources of one company at another company, one creates mutual economic, social & environmental benefits for both the companies involved and the community. Such partnerships can help companies:
The main ambition of this bilateral project is to boost contacts and cooperation between local and regional institutions and NGOs on both sides of the EU external border. The institutional support is inevitable for changing the current model of industrial operation. The project will present the start line to support Circular Economy in cross-border region thanks to establishment of new cooperation between two partners – IDN and Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships), who´s main mission is to support development of new innovative partnerships between businesses and/or education and R&D institutions in the Prešov region.
The main activities of the project:
STATE OF ART
Identifying areas with certain industries and companies that fit well into the methodology of Circular Economy. In order to acquire proven data, IDN together with the Slovak partner will analyse the Industrial Symbiosis partnerships potential in the region.
Present and discuss the findings at a workshop where relevant organisations participate together with experts on Circular Economy. Findings of the first activity will be presented to relevant stakeholders (public organizations, NGOs, private companies and others) during a workshop, aiming at the identification of future projects to establish Circular Economy (Industrial Symbiosis partnerships) in Slovakia and its border region.
Initiating first partnerships with the aim to implement identified projects. During workshop and as a follow-up, the project will facilitate and create at least three partnerships that will be confirmed by the letter of intention.
Conclusions from the workshop will be incorporated into the report, which will, besides the assessment findings and developed projects pipeline, consists of Generated Assessment Procedure categorizing potential symbiotic partnerships.
The project implementation period is 06.09.2016 – 01.01.2017 and it is financed by the EEA and Norway grants within the Measure B of Bilateral Fund / Cross-border cooperation.
IDNs project partner in Slovakia for this project is Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships).
IDN has been involved as a project partner in the two biggest projects supported under GII programme in Slovakia. While both projects have been implemented in the bioenergy sector, they are different in several ways. The same can be said about other projects implemented in the GII programme in Slovakia. Their chosen business models and risk profiles will be critical for the long-term success.
IDN wants to use this project opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation with Slovak partners from GII programme. Considering IDNs strategy for Central Eastern Europe, the SBM- Bioenergy project has been prepared in order to deepen bilateral cooperation between IDN and its Slovak partners from GII Programme, as well to establish new promising partnerships with other project promoters and consulting organizations. This cooperation would not only enable sharing of experiences and lesson learned during GII projects implementation but will also help to generate synergy effect between conducted projects, develop a future strategy of the bioenergy sector in Slovakia and new areas of cooperation.
The main objectives of the SBM – Bioenergy project is:
1. Identify future scenarios/directions for bio-energy in Slovakia (based on experiences with implemented business models in Slovak and EEA projects)
2. Increase awareness of GII project promoters in Slovakia off possible risks which may impede their long-term success and provide proposal of solutions
3. Create a platform for communication (sharing information) in bioenergy sector in Slovakia
4. Develop new business and project areas of bilateral cooperation
The SBM – Bioenergy project will consist of six main activities:
1. Interview with all six EEA GII projects promoters to identify implemented business model and future plans. In order to acquire proven data, IDN together with the Slovak partner energy analytics, s.r.o. will conduct in-depth interviews with GII project promoters, what will provide a sound research basis for further project activities.
2. Comparing findings with best practice in other countries. In order to benchmark, but also seek for best practice findings from the research will be compared with projects in other donor/EEA countries.
3. Presenting the findings in report/presentation. The results of the study carried under Activity 1 and 2 will be enclosed in the report and presented to the Project Promoters.
4. Presenting and discussing the findings at a workshop with project promoters (and other interested entities). In order to develop individual future actions and overall strategy in the bioenergy market in Slovakia, IDN will organize one workshop which shall be delivered in accordance with the Ideeserch methodology (methodology successfully applied in advisory and support provided to Norwegian companies).
5. Adding conclusions from the workshop into the report. After the workshop focusing on the future development, the SBM Bioenergy Report will be supplemented with conclusions on further steps and scenarios.
6. Publishing the report – creating online space at http://energia.dennikn.sk/, the Slovak most popular information website in the energy sector, which will be devoted particularly to Slovak bioenergy news.
The project will be implemented during the period 06.09.2016 – 01.31.2017. It is supported by the EEA and Norway Grants within the Measure B of Bilateral Fund / Green Industry Innovation in Slovakia.
IDNs project partner in Slovakia for this project is Energy Analytics, s. r. o.
The project is focused on the need to solve the problem of territory disparities in the Slovak Republic – increasing the employment and supporting the economy of rural areas and the need for investment and support of small businesses in the field of energy production.
The objective of the project is to increase competitiveness, business development and the increase of employ-ability in the company, through investment in the production of briquettes and pellets, their distribution and transformation of heating methods in favor of biomass for consumers.
The project is expected to increase employ-ability and business development in the company and these challenges addressed through collection and harvesting of biomass (efficient use of natural resources), establishment of a logistics center (processing and manufacture of products from OZE) and investment in the equipment (transformation of defective heating methods).
The project will benefit unemployed and disadvantaged people, for businesses, public and local government. The partnership will achieve effective implementation of the project, support of project sustainability and increase of proficiency.
The Lead Partner is STAMAP, ltd
The project will focus on rainwater harvesting, recycling and reuse. It is situated in the area of the Elementary School of Žofia Bosniaková. The objective of the project is to increase public environmental awareness about the adaptation to climate change.
Through the project’s implementation, the volume of rainwater that becomes reused and the knowledge of children about climate change adaptation measures will be increased. The project is expected to prepare and promote teaching plans focused on rainwater management and its linkage to the climate change for schools. All the project information will be published on the Internet.
The project is going to increase environmental awareness about the adaptation to climate change, implement adaptive measures and establish a new webpage or sub-webpage. Children, students and non-governmental organizations are expected to benefit from the project’s implementation.
The partnership will include consultancy and advise via video-calls for the lecturers of the pupils and students who will benefit from the project. International Development Norway lectured and supervised the target groups and other staff support in reference to air and climatic research.
The Lead Partner is the Elementary School of Žofia Bosniaková.
After the construction of the Žilina Water Reservoir on the Váh river, the Teplica brook started to deform. Curved banks, flash-floods or low water-table result from low water-adaptation capacity of the enclosed territories. Hence, the Catholic Primary School decided to widen the perspectives of its pupils and teenage students in these terms by implementing a systematic strategy of how to cope with the issue of rainwater management.
The project deals with:
– Capturing of surface rainwater from the firm impervious surfaces and roofs of the school buildings where the rainwater trickles down to the sewerage.
– Elaboration and publicity of thematic school outlines focused on management of rainwater and climate changes.
– Thematic environmental activities.
Name of program area: Adjustment to a climate change- the floods and drought prevention
Aim of the project: To enhance awareness and education in the field of adjustment to a climate change
Target group: children, students, teachers, parents and local community
Results of the project:
– Elaboration and publicity of outlines for primary and secondary schools focused on management of rainwater and the connection with climate change.
– Publishing of all information about the program “Adjustment to a climate change- the floods and drought prevention” for general public.
Place of the realization: the project will be located in the school campus between A-block, baggage room and gym, in the places where rainwater trickles down from the roofs and troughs.
Information about activities will be published on the school webpage on the subpage Project “Water and climate at our school”.
Lead partner: Základná škola Žofie Bosniakovej, Teplička nad Váhom, Slovakia
Slovakia is no exception to the ongoing climate change. Adapting to the climate change affects all aspects of life in our region. Therefore, it is necessary to raise the awareness and expert capacities by the implementation of the project. We focus on the implementation of the knowledge about the climate change into the environmental education at school and implementation of water detention measures in the school area. To successfully achieve the project objective, the most important thing is to address young generation – pupils of schools, who can influence the environment in the future by their way of thinking and actions.
Raise of awareness and education in the field of climate change adaptation at the elementary school in Rudina by the implementation of the environmental education and adaptive water detention measures.
Project implementation will create a system of environmental education at the elementary school in Rudina focused on the field of climate change and water detention measures implemented to adapt to climate change.
Development of new curriculum and teaching materials for the environmental education focused on the field of climate change for each grade and class at the elementary school in Rudina.
Conducting lessons according to the newly prepared curriculum.
Building a water detention measures to adapt to climate change.
Building an “eco-class” in the outdoor school area and conducting lessons in the eco-class.
Exchange experience, knowledge and practice with the partner institutions in Norway and Iceland.
The project will be aimed at the teachers and pupils of the elementary school in Rudina to which the project is directly addressed.
Parents of the students and public, volunteers from the regional organizations and institutions, public administration employees who will be involved in the project implementation within the information activities of the project.
In an effort to promote the use of biomass and solar energy as renewable energy sources (RES), the EU launched the Action Plan for the use of Biomass covering every level from regional to European.
The government of the Slovak Republic, with an eye to the potential of biomass and solar energy and supporting their use, created a National Action Plan for energy from RES for the period 2014-2020, which points to the possibilities and likewise the necessity of using available raw materials that have so far been unused. Slovakia is committed to increasing the share of RES in its total energy consumption to the ambitious goal of 14% by 2020.
This project aims to support and increase the use of biomass in Slovak regions, mainly through increasing knowledge of and trust in the product among specific target groups. This will substantially contribute to achieving the goals spelled out in the National Action Plan, as well as in the Action Plan of the EU. One of the basic strategic goals of the EU is to promote the energy independence of the EU, while reducing CO2 emissions and strengthening local economies. In keeping with the strategic goals of the EU, biomass has the highest potential of available local energy sources, estimated to be able of covering 25% of gross domestic energy needs.
The goal of the organization BIOPEL, working through the Biomass Logistics Centre (hereinafter BLC) project, is to greatly increase support for the use of biomass in the regions of Zilina and Trencin, which will naturally have a carry-over effect on a large part of Slovakia. BLC is creating a complete logistical system for bio-fuels – harvest, processing, support for biomass production, storage, packaging and distribution. BIOPEL aims to increase awareness of the lay and professional public of biomass as a realistic and renewable energy source.
The goal is to increase Slovakia’s use of biomass and solar for heating and hot water in public and private buildings. With this aim, the project will markedly contribute to fulfilling the National Action Plan for energy from RES. In addition, the project aims are in full accord with the EU strategy “Europe 2020”. The key goals of that strategy relevant to the attached project are: achieving a 20% stake for energy from RES by 2020; a 20% reduction in emissions of greenhouse gasses; and 75% employment among people 20-64 years of age.
The project’s aims are designed specifically to achieve the key strategic goal of Europe 2020 –
achieving a 20% stake for energy from RES by 2020. With increased use of biomass, the project contributes secondarily to reducing CO2 emissions, to the creation of new employment opportunities, and to the development of the local economy.
The main objective is to increase awareness and utilization of renewable energy sources – especially biomass and solar – through the creation of a Biomass Logistics Centre (hereafter “BLC”). BLC will be focused on securing wooden raw materials, processing, and sales of a whole array of bio-fuels, including pellets for domestic or industrial use, briquettes, wood-chips, dried woods, and alternative pellets and briquettes. The expectation is yearly sales of 25,000 tons of fuel ready for final use.
To be achieved
Implementation of the project to build the BLC will secure:
Installation of equipment for the production of energy using biomass
Creation of the logistics centre
Support for the production of biomass
Established knowledge of Norwegian experts
Expected benefits for target groups
The project provides support for small and medium size businesses in Slovakia, in order to support their development and create new employment opportunities in the market for biomass. Support is provided to the beneficiary, but also partners who will receive assistance acquiring quality tools and equipment to enhance the quality and safety of their work, thus increasing their competitiveness and mutual support for the market in biomass.
Another group of entrepreneurs will be supported by the purchase of their goods by BLC for storage, sale and distribution.
Students are a very important target group as well. Students must be educated and trained for possible future work with RES, particularly with biomass and solar. The project connects students and young people to various activities, where they gain new insights in the area of biomassuse, which is still little known in Slovakia. The project has a strong connection with students from technical universities. A comprehensive demonstration of biomass and solar in use, will serve provide an excellent learning tool for these students.
The project will also target the general public who, through consultations and various organized promotional events, will receive information about renewable energy sources and the benefits of their use.
Donor partner and role of partner
Norwegian Forestry Group – partner to strengthen bilateral relations within the field of biomass processing.
International Development Norway – partner to strengthen bilateral relations within the fields of financial analysis and research.
What will the partnership achieve?
Norwegian partners will use their experience and expertise to contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations with all partners in the project, as well as with other interested groups.
In addition, the Norwegian partners will contribute to the project by presenting new technologies for biomass processing, and for the efficient processing and analysis of economic and financial development of companies in the field.
Current district heating systems in Slovakia consist of old environmentally ineffective technologies and heat production depends on externally supplied natural gas. Thus energy production is not stable, leave huge ecological footprint and does not promote local economy and use of local renewable sources. SINBIO project fits with wider objective to strengthen regional development of behind lagging regions (Middle and Eastern Slovakia) and to reach Europe energy targets of use renewables by 2020.
Increased biomass production, newly launched environmental technologies and green jobs created in Middle and Eastern Slovakia.
What is the project expected to achieve? (describe project outcome) Installed energy generation facility in towns Trebišov, Tlmače and Poltár to produce heat from local biomass and applied knowledge of Norwegian partners throughout whole energy value chain.
Benefits for target groups
The project will target public by providing stable and effective heat supply from local biomass. Other beneficiaries are local business (biomass producers and others) and unemployed who will benefit from fuel base change (from natural gas to local biomass) and increased volume of biomass processed by logistics centres.
Roles of Norwegian partners
The partner International Development Norway will contribute with expertise on sustainable integrated use of different local renewable resources by innovative technological solutions.
The partner Norsk institutt for skog og landscap will contribute with expertise on energy crops cultivation suitable for heat production on unused lands.
The partner Norskog will contribute with expertise on streamlining complex logistics operations.
International Development Norway together with Intech Slovakia will develop strategy for further development of energy facility in Trebišov based on conducted analysis by Norwegian partner.
Norsk institutt for skog og landscap in cooperation with Slovak research institutes will based on the conducted analysis recommend energy crops suitable for cultivation on unused lands in Trebišov town district.
Norskog will help Intech Slovakia based on the assessments streamlining its logistics operations and management by creating of procedures, manuals and trainings for employees.
The University of Prešov is the only public university in the Prešov self-governing region. It focuses on the areas of social, natural and theological sciences, sport, arts, management and health care. It was established by law in December 1996 by splitting the University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice into the University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice and Prešov University in Prešov. It was officially established on 1 January 1997. The outcomes of its active education and research programs stretch significantly beyond the borders of Eastern Slovakia. University of Prešov is shaping into a modern and dynamic university. Among the priorities of the University of Prešov belongs reinforcement of research what lead us to building research centres out of which several belong among Centres of Excellence.
Through bilateral agreements, the University cooperates with 75 higher education institutions from more than 20 countries, while Presov students and teachers can spend time at one of more than 300 universities across Europe under the framework of the Erasmus program. In addition, staff members present the results of their studies in articles that are published at home and abroad, as well as at various scientific events in countries such as Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK.
IDN cooperate with the University of Presov in the project “Analysis and assessment of the state of the environment in the border region SK-UA to ensure the sustainability of the area”.
The company Hriňovská energetická, s. r. o. (ltd.) operates the system of central heat generation and distribution in the town of Hriňová, Slovakia. It provides heating for the municipal sphere and for the industrial site within the town. It has been a member of the energy group Intech Slovakia, s. r. o. (ltd.) since 2005.
Hriňovská energetická, s. r. o. (ltd.) is one of the first Slovak energy companies which started to use biomass as a source of energy. At present, the company produces a major part of heat from wood biomass.
The company intensively works with other renewable energy sources, as well. It owns and operates a small hydroelectric power plant in Hriňová.
Its activities in the field of biomass utilization are successfully developed also in the Town of Revúca in cooperation with the company Stefe THS, s. r. o. (ltd.). Through Energy Efficiency Management, it runs the biomass boiler plant in Revúca and supplies heat to the local operator CZT – the company Stefe THS, s. r. o. (ltd.).
Another important company activity is the running of a hypermarket selling boilers, furnaces, fireplaces and solar collectors KOTLA. It is the largest Slovak store with the widest offer of such equipment.
IDN is partner with Hriňovská energetická in the project Ecovillage.
For more details on the company activities visit the company website www.hrinovskaenergeticka.sk.
STAMAP, s. r. o., was established in 2004 because of increased demand in the area of a building industry in the firm Marián Kurhajec – STAMAP (established 1993). The company has focused on the main firm activities from its establishment. It was about:
The ASSOCIATION FOR THE USE OF RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE SOURCES has been established to promote the development of technologies using biofuels and support the introduction of new technologies. It is a voluntary, non-political, professional association of individuals and legal entities engaged in promoting technologies using biofuels, and supporingt the introduction of new technologies for their industrial use in practice
BIOPEL, inc. is a new company whose main objective is to build a Biomass logistic centre. The main aim is ensure and sale a whole range of wood fuel: pellets, industrial pellets, briquettes, lump chipped wood and wood chips.
Intech Slovakia, s. r. o. (ltd.) is a Slovak company running business in the field of energy efficiency. It was founded 1996 and is established in Bratislava. Since its founding, it has been dedicated to the optimisation of energy resources, energy distribution and consumption, and to the preparation of studies and energy audits.
We pay big attention to the use of renewable energy sources. We consider biomass utilisation for energy purposes a highly prospective and noteworthy trend in terms of energy efficiency. In this respect, we have rich experience in biogas utilisation and biomass combustion. We manifest our trust in renewable energy sources through their extensive utilisation in our own power facilities.
Given the high biomass consumption in the facilities of our company, we created the BIOFUEL Division in 2006 with the aim to ensure the supply of biomass for energy purposes. The BIOFUEL Division disposes of complex technical equipment today, and provides for biomass processing from the collection of wood in forests through mechanical processing, transport and storage. Besides fuel supply to our facilities, the BIOFUEL Division also guarantees stability of biomass supply to other customers who have been delivered boilers for biomass combustion by our company.
With regard to combined power and heat generation, we specialise in cogeneration units on the basis of gas combustion engines. We have implemented dozens of successful projects of combined power and heat generation in Slovakia. The cogeneration units installed by our company use natural gas, biogas, mine gas and propane as fuel.
We provide complex services in the field of cogeneration: advising, technical and economic input analyses of the efficiency of deploying cogeneration units, preparation of project documentation, instalment, commissioning, and servicing.
Our aim is to provide the highest quality services related to the optimisation of energy systems in order to achieve benefits for our customers in the field of cost saving, operation reliability, and environment protection.
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.
Rune have a Master of Science, Political Science and Government from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specialized within the fields of International political economy, political risk analysis and foreign direct investment. Through his education Rune has gained valuable International experience in India and London.
He came from the position as Project Manager / Consultant in the Industrial Development Unit in the Municipality of Stjørdal, where he facilitated for new and existing businesses within sectors such as transportation, logistics, trade, travel and tourism and manufacturing. The position within an governmental institution gave him valuable experience from policy development and opportunities within the public sector.
Rune is currently engaged as Project Manager at IDN (location: Oslo, Norway).
Carol has a bachelor degree in International Relations from ESPM in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After three years working in different positions in companies/organizations like Hyundai, AIESEC and PwC she did her M.Sc in Globalization, Politics and Culture at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. From August – December 2016 she did a 30 ECTS internship at IDN as part of her Master Program. Building on that she now works as a project manager in dedicated projects for the company.
Jana have a Master Degree in Economics and management of SMEs drom the University of Matej Bel – Faculty of Economics. She is currently engaged as Project Manager at Intech Slovakia and in charge of preparation and execution of EEAgrants project in the Slovak energy sector, Internal quality auditing and Preparation of public procurement proposals. Her former egagements have been in Ind Consultant, Allexis s.r.o., Neulogy a.a. and Regional Advisory and Information Centre Presov. She have been in charge of complex business development consultancy (preparation of business plan, R&D project implementation management, coordination and problem solving of various business/project issues), evaluation of business ideas investment atractivity, preparation of analysis of the strategic development of selected R&D center of excellence in Slovakia, realization of technology audit (Projects, Academia & Business Partnerships, Organization) of selected Slovak universities and project preparation assistance related to the EU and national programmes aiming at R&D and Innovation support and development of knowledge society.