Strengthening transnational cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer in development of electric vessels
Marek Grzybowski interview with Boris Cosic, dipl. Ing., Director Center of technology transfer llc.
Marek Grzybowski: ZEVinnovation Project title is: Strengthening transnational cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer in development of electric vessels and fostering innovation in SMEs. Can you please provide your most important project goals?
Boris Cosic: The global maritime industry’s market has undergone disruptive changes over the past ten years, which especially impacted the European shipbuilding industry. The shipbuilding crisis requires the design of innovative solutions and the development of new technologies. Furthermore, in recognition of the need to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants, increased development and integration of innovative zero-emission vessels and related technologies are required. The ZEVinnovation project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. The project’s mission is to bring together professional stakeholders interested in innovative zero-emission technologies and provide lasting and tailor-made solutions that will eventually increase innovation ability across the EEA. The ZEVinnovation project aims to establish a sustainable and efficient network for the development of innovative technologies that will bring together active stakeholders. The ZEVinnovation network’s ambition is to contribute to the strengthening of the transnational eco-system through the implementation of pilot programs focusing on the collaborative development and market uptake of zero-emission vessels while connecting the capacities of the EEA countries that have a strong maritime tradition and current pioneering initiatives.
Marek Grzybowski: Who are the main partners of the project? Which companies support them?
Boris Cosic: Transnational partners of the ZEVinnovation project are devoted to supporting enterprises across the EEA through networking and helping them achieve their growth ambitions through a diverse range of project activities. More specifically, the project is implemented by multi-sectoral partners from Croatia, Norway and Poland: Center of Technology Transfer LLC (Croatia), Baltic Sea and Space Cluster (Poland), Inovacije i razvoj LLC (Croatia), ÅKP AS (Norway) and Vinco Innovation AS (Norway). Regardless of the differences in size and population, partner’s countries face common environmental challenges concerning resource limitations and vulnerability to climate changes. The transnational partnership should open up a wider market and help members of the ZEVinnovation HUB to enter the international supply chain.