About us

Smart Innovation Norway’s main purpose is to practice independent, applied research within the fields of renewable energy and information technology.
  • 30+ research projects
  • 250 research partners
  • 100+ cluster members
  • 15 Smart City municipalities
  • 200+ jobs created
  • 40+ employees
  • 14 nationalities

Established in Halden in 2003, Smart Innovation Norway AS has led the NCE Smart Energy Markets cluster since 2009, which was recognised as a gold certified cluster in 2019. The company has since then initiated or participated in more than 30 research and innovation projects, including 14 EU projects, with a total budget of more than 1.6 billion NOK. In addition, the department of Smart Cities & Communities has been involved in more than 100 innovation projects.

Smart Innovation Norway and the NCE cluster have grown from a local energy-trade initiative to a key national innovation player within the fields of Smart Energy, Smart Cities and Digitalization.

During the last couple of years, the company has also become an international business-oriented R&I player on large, prestigious Horizon 2020 projects, such as EMPOWER, INVADE and E-LAND. In august 2019, Smart Innovation Norway was approved as a research organisation by the Research Council of Norway.

In the fall of 2019, Smart Innovation Norway together with key business partners established the brand new Cluster for Applied AI to lift Norwegian companies into the future. The purpose of the cluster is to contribute to profitable and sustainable use of artificial intelligence in a business context. The cluster is mentioned by name in the Norwegian national strategy for artificial intelligence, which was released in January 2020.


The Innovation Platform

The company consists of five business areas. These are Clusters (NCE Smart Energy Markets and Cluster for Applied AI), Incubator & Accelerator, Visualization & Innovation Labs, Research & Innovation og Smart Cities & Communities. The interplay between the business areas is known as Smart Innovation Norway’s innovation platform and forms the foundation of the company success.

The platform ensures interdisciplinary and simultaneous interaction, which creates efficiency, new values, economic growth and societal impact. See illustration below:

Digital expertise

The cluster boasts many IT companies and academic environments, including most of Norway’s leading expertise in Big Data Analytics and digital technologies, which are the drivers behind smart energy innovation.

The technology, which is generic, have huge transference potential to other industries and business clusters. Transference further facilitates favorable conditions for innovation and transition in Norwegian businesses, which are currently undergoing radical change.


Remarkable growth

Smart Innovation Norway is located at Halden Innovation Park in Norway. The number of employees increased from 9 to 48. A talented team of researchers and innovators work rapidly on research and innovation tasks, projects related to smart cities and communities, as well as incubation.

Smart Innovation Norway has one of Norway’s most spectacular visualization centers, which houses many large events for private business, public organizations and academic institutions.

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Smart Innovation Norway
Håkon Melbergs vei 16
1783 Halden