MAREN – Maritime Energy Transition Project

Energy production, Energy systems, Hydrogen, Mobility

Implementing fuels based on renewable energy is a crucial step in decarbonizing Nordic ports and transporting people and goods – on and between land and sea – more sustainable.

The Maritime Energy Transition project (MAREN) is a Nordic cooperation network aiming to speed up the maritime sector’s transition from conventional to green energy sources. MAREN brings companies together in cross-border, cross-sector cooperation to tackle the substantial barriers in the maritime energy transition.

There is a clear need for zero-emission fuels for maritime mobility. Maritime mobility is a significant energy consumer, and today’s value chains for petroleum-based fuels are large international businesses. The major transition is in an early phase. We foresee new value chains for maritime fuels based on renewable energy. With further increases in maritime transportation, new renewable fuels represent a high potential for value creation.

At the same time, there is a high degree of uncertainty regarding fuel types, technology choices, and market segments. This uncertainty hampers the much-needed transition to renewable energy.

Project deliverables

Through physical meetings, MAREN fosters knowledge building, involvement, match-making, and partnership development. We identify a need and potential for new solutions and mobilize suppliers and other actors to develop technology, systems, and business models for maritime energy supply.

Many key players, including ship owners, harbors, yards, technology suppliers, utility companies, and R&D institutions, demand more knowledge and further coordinated development action. With a coordinated and rapid maritime energy transition, we will reduce carbon emissions while establishing new commercial activity.

Going forward, the project will develop three concrete deliverables for the maritime industry that can be used to accelerate the green maritime transition:

  1. Nordic maritime energy program: the purpose of the program is to foster and spread knowledge on new insights and innovations in the field of sustainable maritime energy.
  2. Nordic strategy on maritime energy transition: will be developed together with leading stakeholders. The strategy will outline how joint Nordic knowledge strongholds will be created and in turn converted to concrete innovation projects and collaborations in the region in the coming years.
  3. Nordic Digital platform for cross-industrial open innovation and collaboration: The platform will offer an infrastructure for creating new partnerships and work as a “project generator” throughout the Nordic Region.

The project partners represent five Nordic countries and more than 500 members:

  • RENERGY – Renewable Energy Cluster (Norway)
  • SINTEF (Norway)
  • Danish Maritime (Denmark)
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Sweden)
  • Icelandic New Energy (Iceland)
  • VASEK – Vaasa Region Development Company (Finland)

MAREN is funded by Nordic Innovation.

Need for knowledge

The transition ahead is complex. To reach the desired impact, a wide range of industry players need to involve in active discussions and development activities. Moreover, sharing knowledge over borders and industries and securing funding for development projects that implement new technology and services is necessary.

Strong need for coordinated action

The level of uncertainty and risk, the complexity of the energy transition, and the dependence on new value chain constructions prevent independent action from individual businesses. Thus, there is a strong need for, and potential in, coordinated development actions.


Thomas Bjørdal

+47 958 93 289

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