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Turning the desert into fertile land again
Desert Control have been working to create the perfect recipe to turn desert soil into fertile land. The process normally takes 7-15 years, Desert Control’s solution takes a record 7 hours!

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GBN Accelerator start ups at Investor Seminar Vitenparken Campus Ås
Green Business Norway Accelerator start ups are presenting at the September 12th Investor seminar at Vitenparken Campus Ås. The event is in cooperation with Inkubator Ås.

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New disruptive Blockchain technology - Cycled Technologies teams up with Akeo
Cycled Technologies and Akeo are teaming up to revolutionise the global recycling industry. Introducing blockchain technology as a building block in the Cycled platform sets a visionary path and a new standard for effective, modern and sustainable recycling of waste.

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GBN and University College of Southeast Norway team up on R&D
"We're teaming up with (HSN), the University College of Southeast Norway, to boost research and development at the start-up businesses on our Accelerator programme," says Thor Sverre Minnesjord, CEO of Green Business Norway (GBN). The first beneficiary will be Fluid Metal 3D, a technology business.

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Waste Management and Waste Infrastructure Market in GCC countries
The GCC countries rank among the highest waste generating countries per capita in the world. Estimates of the total amount of waste generated in the GCC range from 90 million to 150 million metric tons annually.

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Water & Waste Water Infrastructure Challenges in GCC Countries
The challenge of keeping pace with rapid population growth in the Gulf region is creating constant bottlenecks, especially in the infrastructure and wastewater management sectors. Member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are addressing the challenge with massive development plans projecting steady population and economic growth until 2030.

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Polish municipal delegation studies circular waste management on Norway visit
Against the background of the EU's ambitious waste management targets, Norwegian and Polish stakeholders met on Wednesday 14 September in Drammen.

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Future of waste management tops the agenda in Poland
At several recent high-level gatherings, Green Business Norway had the opportunity to share experiences and talk strategy with Polish decision makers.

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Great interest in green technology at BI program launch in Abu Dhabi
Representatives of Nordic embassies and companies joined their local partners from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi on 21 January to launch the green business intelligence program for the region.

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Nordic green partnership launches in Abu Dhabi, UAE
As Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week gets under way, Green Business Norway (GBN), Green Net Finland and Nordic Innovation are launching the next phase of their business intelligence program for the Gulf region.

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Bulgarian delegation in Norway to study sustainable waste to energy
In October 2015, Green Business Norway played host to an official delegation from Bulgaria, showing the visitors three sustainable, future-oriented waste to energy options.

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Telemark–Lubelskie partnership centres on green business
A delegation from the Lubelskie region visited Telemark last week. After a tour of the county, Sławomir Sosnowski, governor of the Lubelskie region, and Terje Riis-Johansen, convener of Telemark county council, signed a wide-ranging cooperation agreement between the two regions.

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Norwegian prime minister meets Green Business Norway
On Tuesday 18 August, Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg visited Klosterøya in Skien, a hub of knowledge-based businesses, including the head office of Green Business Norway. Over lunch with the prime minister, local business representatives proudly promoted the diverse and innovative economy of the Grenland region.

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Norwegian cleantech shows the way at EcoForum in Poland
The sixth EcoForum conference took place on 10 and 11 June this year. Once again, the conference proved to be a productive forum for both countries’ participants in the inter-regional cooperation program between Telemark in Norway and Lubelskie in Poland.

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Gulf region a land of promise for recycling and green energy
With several recycling demonstration projects under way in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the outlook for business development in the region is promising, according to Green Business Norway (GBN).

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Grand launch
of Romania's TOMRA-based recycling system

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Renewable energy from bales of straw
Last week, regional government representatives from Lubelskie in Poland and Telemark in Norway met in England for a closer look at the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant.

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The Polish parliament targets best practice in sustainable waste management
A Polish-Norwegian initiative recently brought over 100 people together at the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, for a seminar to discuss the latest trends in waste management.

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Poland and Norway discuss the future of waste management
The fast-changing waste management sector is facing some key strategic decisions regarding its future direction. In recent years, Green Business Norway has actively promoted the exchange of best practice between Poland and Norway.

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Waste to energy - environmentally friendly AND profitable?
That was the question asked of panellists at one of the many panel discussions during this year's Energy Forum, which took place in Karpacz, Poland.

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GBN was one of the hosts when His Royal Highness The Crown Prince visited Klosterøya Business Park in Skien
The position of the Norwegian Cleantech industry now and in a five-year perspective was among the topics discussed with His Royal Highness.

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Ennox Oil: Cleantech breakthrough
Ennox Oil Solutions is a good example of a new business opportunity resulting from the intersection of two very different sectors of the economy. In this case, some innovators offering industrial waste treatment solutions encountered some fellow innovators offering solutions for oil well stimulation.

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Miljøbil Grenland: A midget flexes its muscles
Miljøbil Grenland made no secret of its change of direction during the first quarter of 2011. Bernt Ausland, the company’s CEO, clasps his hands and pretends he is shaking dice: “New deal.”

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Norner tightens grip on growth
Having made steady progress and with its original ambition well established, Norner – the privately owned research institute – is set to continue its exciting course.
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Turning the desert into fertile land again

Over the past 10 years, Desert Control have been working to create the perfect recipe, an innovative solution called LNC, whose purpose is to turn desert soil into fertile land. Turning desert soil into fertile land normally takes 7-15 years, Desert Control’s solution takes a record 7 hours!

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Desert Control, joined Green Business Norway as a member in 2017 in order to tap into the support and resources on offer in entering the GCC and MENA region as a beachhead market for their solution following successful field tests carried out in Egypt and Pakistan.

Together with GBNs support, Desert Control have run a field test with excellent results at a farm in Al Ain from November 2017 to February 2018. A detailed summary of the field test can be found on the DC homepage (www.desertcontrol.com). 

Subsequently GBN assisted Desert Control to successfully apply for the 100k USD Impact Innovation Grant launched by the Dubai Expo 2020. The grant was awarded to Desert Control in the summer of 2018.

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Desert Control plans to use the grant money to develop an industrial scale production unit for LNC and carry out additional field tests in collaboration with the International Center of Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai. The field tests are intended to further optimize the LNC recipes for different crop and soil types.

Another focus is on optimizing and ultimately automating irrigation based on soil, crop and environmental parameters such as air humidity, groundwater levels, temperature etc. Desert Control have set up a local branch in the IN5 incubator under the DMCC free zone in Dubai in August 2018 and are planning to carry out further field tests in other areas in the region. Desert Control is in parallel currently in the process of joining forces with local partners and potential distributors. GBN is continuously supporting and advising Desert Control in their approach where requested and is actively scouting for new opportunities in the region.

“Desert Control have had the pleasure of working with the Green Business Norway team in the UAE on several occasions and we are very happy with the work performed and the continuous support and local market insights. Desert Control Middle East FZ LLC will continue to engage GBN in upcoming projects in the GCC, knowing that GBN delivers high quality work on time and on budget, and the team is a pleasure to work with as well!”


Atle Idland, Managing Director Desert Control Middle East FZ LLC


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