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The Maritime Energy Transition (MAREN)

2020 - 2021 Active

The Maritime Energy Transition project (MAREN) aims at speeding up the transition from conventional to green energy sources in maritime sector. Improved availability of green fuels for the maritime sector will also benefit the availability of clean energy in port operations and land transportation.

MAREN's main targets are to:

  • Build a Nordic network for the maritime energy transistion as a arena to take on larger development tasks and international innovation projects.
  • Foster a new value chains with the potential of value creation for Nordic businesses in an expected global market. Specific focus will be on port as an energy hub.


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Vaasa Region Development Company

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RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

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Erhvervshus Fyn

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Renewable Energy Cluster

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Bjørn Damhaug
Future Innovations AS


To bring shipping in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, the maritime sector needs to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 % by 2050. This requires major advancements in technology as well as shifts in business models and in the ways of operating, including in the interface between land and sea. 

To support innovation and collaboration in this interface, Nordic Innovation formulated a NOK 8 million Nordic Innovation Mobility Mission with the aim of decarbonising Nordic ports, transport of people and goods – on and between sea and land. Five projects were awarded support in March 2020.

After the project period has ended, the most promising project will be offered additional funding of up to NOK 3 million in the form of a grant.


Portrait Mikael von Dorrien

Mikael von Dorrien

Senior Innovation Adviser
Mikael has long experience working within the field of hightech startups. With a background from Swedish Almi Invest, he has in depth knowledge of the startup investor market. Since 2014 Mikael has worked at Nordic Innovation with entrepreneurship, Nordic Innovation Houses and now the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program.

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Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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Ivar Josefsson

Innovation Adviser
Ivar combines his international experience with an environmental background to identify the most promising Nordic projects for achieving sustainable growth. His main strengths lie within the fields of international relations and environment, and he worked briefly in the international development sector prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018.

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