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Nordic Drone Initiative

Project 2020 - 2022 Closed

The Nordic countries join hands to investigate the efficient usage of air space and to accelerate the introduction of drone-based solutions for future mobility. Coordinated by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, the Nordic Drone Initiative (NDI) project aims to form an open collaborative innovation platform to bring relevant stakeholders for jointly enabling sustainable, secure, energy-efficient and decarbonized mobility.

The Nordic countries are leading the way towards sustainable air mobility and connectivity. Nordic Innovation has also co-funded the Nordic Electric Aviation (NEA) project, which represents one of the joint innovation efforts on future mobility.

While electric aviation is the focus of NEA, drones, on the other hand, hold the key for efficient utilization of the lower altitude air space. U-space transport, e.g., electric drones for passenger and goods transport represents one of the emerging and promising solutions for a cleaner, more efficient and flexible transport mode. By integrating with the ground transport and flight transport, drone-based transport fills the utilization gap and helps to maximize the utilization of air spaces.

The NDI focuses on key areas for drone-based mobility solutions intending toidentify the most relevant use cases in the Nordic context that maximize the benefits of sustainability and business potential map the application needs, technology maturity, business potential, and complementary competences bring together the relevant stakeholders for collaborative innovation on technologies, policies and standards that enables cross-border goods delivery and passenger transport with drones and create a knowledge base and digital platform that integrate the Nordic competences for accelerating the introduction of drone-based mobility services.

The project is led by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and consists of 16 partners from four Nordic countries including: RISE, Katla Aero, Flypulse, Kista Science City, Mainbase, LFV, and Östergötland Region from Sweden; VTT, Bell Rock Advisors, Robots Expert, Business Tampere from Finland; NORCE, Nordic Edge, Drone Nord, and UAS Norway from Norway; and Gate21 from Denmark. The project also has Avinor from Norway and ANS from Finland in the reference group.

The project serves as an open platform and always welcomes new partners onboard for joint innovation. It has now the involvement of Innovation Center Iceland from the fifth Nordic country Iceland.

Project background

The Nordic Drone Initiative project is co-funded through the second Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity call for proposals under the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program.

The aim of the program is to help develop a more sustainable and connected transport system in the Nordic region while generating opportunities for Nordic businesses. The program is one of the efforts with which Nordic Innovation seeks to fulfil the Nordic prime ministers’ vision of Nordic region as the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.

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Nordic Drone Initiative

Driving the development of sustainable drone-based transport services in the Nordic region.

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Nina Egeli - Senior Innovation Adviser

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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