Leaders from business, start-ups, academia and research institutions are meeting at the Xynteo Exchange/Norway to advance a new growth model fit for the 21st century. At the heart of the Exchange is a series of Studios, where we will bring leaders together to try to develop commercial solutions to human problems.

 

Economic growth means an increasing demand for energy, with potentially great environmental and climate impacts. But, as Norway is already beginning to demonstrate, through the electrification of society, increased use of renewable energy, digitalisation and new business solutions, growth can be green. Today, businesses increasingly share a common ambition of driving the change agenda, joining forces across industries and nations to build green competitiveness.

 

In this studio, hosted by Statkraft in partnership with Innovation Norway, we aim to explore how Norway can serve as a lab for the innovations required to scale clean energy solutions fit for the future.

 

On day one, we will interrogate the complex nature of real-world problems, and explore how our capabilities could be brought to bear in solutions. On day two, we will identify potential interventions within these problem areas, with the aim of developing early-stage concepts for projects that can deliver both human and commercial value. Finally, we will select the most promising concepts to present in the Marketplace

For more than a century, Statkraft has played a pivotal role in the industrialisation of Norway. Now we are ready to play a similar role in powering a green future internationally. But we cannot achieve this alone. That’s why Statkraft – in partnership with Innovation Norway – is hosting a Studio at the Xynteo Exchange/Norway. By bringing together organisations from diverse industries, sectors and disciplines, we will mobilise for innovative ideas and new business development.

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO

Themes

SUSTAINABLE FUTURE CITIES

Rapidly growing urban populations, combined with efforts to electrify as many energy uses as possible, are placing more and more strain on heating and power systems in cities.

 

The Challenge: How can cities and their grids be designed or redesigned in such a way that all inhabitants have access to readily available clean electricity and heating, as well as good mobility and air quality?

THE GREEN MOBILITY REVOLUTION

Norway has been incredibly successful at increasing take-up of electric vehicles. In so doing it has helped generate significant ripple effects in the mobility and energy markets beyond its borders. But further market penetration in the country depends on the removal of infrastructural barriers.

 

The Challenge: What is the next step? And what lessons can Norway share with others?

POWERING CLEAN DATA

Big players like Facebook and Google have already made the transition – their data centres are already powered by renewable energy. But there is much to do to decarbonise our growing data demand. Data centres worldwide are contributing to the same level of greenhouse gas emissions as global air travel. Increasing digitalisation will require exponential growth in the capacity of data storage and flow in any society, and data centres and connections are the core infrastructure for this.

 

The Challenge: How can the tech industry build sustainable and green business operations in the future?