The Iceland Ocean Cluster’s mission is to create value and discover new opportunities by connecting entrepreneurs, businesses and knowledge in the marine industries.

The OC House creates magic, again

The OC House in Iceland continues to make history. An amazing US start up with nanotechnology batteries, Greenvolt, got a space in the OC House for a staff member. The company was not focusing on battery solutions for marine, but we told them that next door to them was a team of young engineers at Navis naval architects working on electric fishing boats. Cup of coffee and Magic! Now, these trams will put their heads together – to develop green fishing boats and save our ocean environment.

Nordic port leaders visiting

Leaders from the port of Reykjavik, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen Malmo, Torshavn, Gothenburgh, Aarhus,Esbjeg and Helsingborg, visited the OC House in Reykjavik harbor recently. They were presented with our vision to have a network of innovation hubs like the OC House in all major Nordic ports.

Iceland Ocean Cluster is participating in a project with North-Atlantic Co-operation aiming to develop a Nordic and North Atlantic network of ports and port ecosystems and the meeting was very beneficial for our ongoing project.

 

Increased focus on product development from fish byproducts

According to a new research done by the Iceland Ocean Cluster, 48 companies in Iceland are focused mainly on developing products from fish byproducts. Without doubt this is most probably a world record – at least if compared to population! The largest group consists of companies in liver development; omega oils and canning of liver. The second largest group are companies drying fish heads using geothermal power. It is also astonishing to see the growth in fish skin development in Iceland; fish leather, accessories from fish leather, chitin from crustacean shells, collagen powder from whitefish for various food and skin products including collagen, and finally medical skin products to heal human wounds. Also, several companies are creating pet food or fish meal from byproducts. On this list are also companies developing enzymes from fish intestines, fish protein, calcium from fish bones and children’s medicine from omega oils just to name few. We are extremely proud that many of the startups in this field – and they are many – have found the OC House to be a good platform for their growth.

The New Fish Wave is just unstoppable!

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