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Wind that can save the world

There is more than enough wind out at sea to save the world from catastrophic climate change. Trondheim is a pioneer city in the hunt for floating offshore wind. All eyes are on us. Wind is stronger across deeper water. Eighty per cent of all wind sweeps across water that is too deep for wind turbines on the sea floor. These turbines must float in the sea. The task of head researcher John Olav G. Tande and his colleagues at Sintef Energy is to find technological solutions that make it profitable to build floating wind farms at sea. Expertise at Sintef and NTNU are working to capture wind that can replace coal, oil and gas. The possibilities are nearly endless, but Tande and his colleagues are in a race against time and rising temperatures.

Q-Free | Mobility technology from Trondheim

Fewer fatalities, thanks to Q-Free. Q-Free provides better traffic flow, cleaner air and safer traffic, with fewer fatalities and accidents. You can find transponders from Trøndelag in cars all over the world. Our transponders eliminate traffic congestion, improve city air and save lives. Fewer people die in traffic, thanks to technology from Trondheim. Our adventure started on the brand new E6 motorway in 1988. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration dreamed of automatic toll stations where traffic could pass without slowing down or stopping. The sharp minds at ‘little’ Q-Free –originally called Micro Design – solved the task without the Norwegian Public Roads Administration having to look for suppliers abroad. At the Ranheim toll station, just outside of Trondheim, we made the leap from manual toll booths and coin-operated machines to lightning-fast radio signals. We had our international breakthrough in Portugal in 1991, and today, Q-free is a listed technology company headquartered in Trondheim, with 400 employees at branch offices in 16 countries. We have offices in the USA, Australia, Canada, Chile, Russia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and a number of other countries. Our technology is used for much more than collecting road tolls from cars travelling at high speeds. Today, our focus can be summed up with the keywords Flow, Clean, Safe – in other words, better traffic flow, cleaner air and safer traffic, with fewer fatalities and accidents. Q-Free is a world-leader in mobility technology.

Trondheim – The city of geniuses

Borgar Ljosland and his fellow students from NTNU were sitting in a bar when they hit on a great idea, and the conversation went something like this: “Should we do it this way or that way? Which is best? This way? Yes! Write it down on the napkin, quick!” The friends had discovered that it was possible to significantly improve mobile phones. A formula on a piece of paper produces perfect display graphics with minimal use of power. Their recipe for a new processor was to be the best in the world. Shockingly ambitious, but it worked. Borgar conquered the world. Did you know that over 13,000 people in Trondheim work in the technology sector? The city is home to 750 technology companies and offers unprecedented opportunities for people who are looking for an exciting job or have their own ideas for a smart start-up.

Carbon capture and storage | The hunt for the dangerous gas

The evil ‘climate genie’ is threatening the world as we know it. Mona Jacobsen Mølnvik has to catch him before it’s too late. Sintef’s Research Director is heading up work on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Trondheim. The city is an international hub for efforts to develop a technology to “bottle” greenhouse gases. The EU has named Trondheim the CCS capital of Europe, which would appear logical since it was two researchers at none other than Sintef who came up with the idea of capturing CO2 and storing the gas deep under the seabed. More than 30 years later, in laboratories and research centres, a quiet but dramatic race against time is underway. Now it’s a question of making the method effective and cheap enough to roll out on a large scale, before climate change spirals dangerously out of control.

GETEK | Bringing solar power to the world

Getek AS, based in Malvik near Trondheim in Norway, is bringing light to African nights. The company supplies electricity to some of the world’s most remote outposts, thanks to solar and wind power. “Let there be light!” said CEO Morten Gaustad, and the night was lit up for 37,000 people living on the Equator.

Powel AI | Combatting bad weather with Artificial Intelligence

Trondheim-based company Powel is developing artificial intelligence to outperform even the human brain. In a world of ever-more extreme weather, the idea is to extract energy from the sun, water and wind. Paradoxically, the tougher the climate, the harder it is to use the renewable energy that will help prevent dangerous climate change.

IT is Trondheim - part 1

Want an exciting job? There are unlimited opportunities to forge a career in IT and other high-tech industries in Trondheim. You can promote the use of renewable energy, design solutions that prevent fires and save lives, create even smarter smart-phones or perfect an app that already has millions of users worldwide. The Trondheim region is home to 750 tech companies of all sizes. Choose one.

IT is Trondheim - part 2

There are 750 tech companies in the Trondheim region. One of them has, on its own, made more microchips than there are people on Earth. Another supplies data on football and other sports worldwide. Smart people relocate from all corners of the world to work in Trondheim. Why move away? Here you will find 750 opportunities to forge a career in IT or other high-tech industries. Choose one of them.

Trondheim | Big things are happening in this small city

Trondheim- en litt uvanlig by

Trondheim er en liten by med store ideer. Her finner du 37 000 studenter, 5000 som arbeider med forskning og høyere utdanning, 700 teknologiselskaper og en Nobelpris i medisin. Trondheim leder an i utforskingen av havet. Siemens´ base i byen gjør skipsfarten elektrisk. Kloke hoder i trønderhovedstaden lager mikrobrikker til mobiltelefoner og andre hjelpemidler verden over. Nano-forskere ved NTNU bruker det minste som fins i kampen for ren energi og en kur mot kreft. Moser-teamet fortsetter å fravriste hjernen dens innerste hemmeligheter. En by langt mot nord leverer smarte løsninger til hele planeten - og trekker til seg smarte mennesker fra alle verdenshjørner.

An app that conquered the world

An app that conquered the world: Ever heard of Zedge, a tech company in Trondheim? Possibly not.


The world learns better with the help of research conducted in Trondheim. Norway’s only professor of computer games, Alf Inge Wang at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), came up with the idea for this quiz-based learning game, Kahoot.

Tema: Good ideas


Meet the world’s best goldminers. Based in Melhus, just outside of Trondheim, Devico AS is commissioned by mining companies worldwide to find gold, diamonds and other valuable minerals deep underground.

Fugro Oceanor

Providing advance notice of the next tsunami: More than 100 high-tech buoys from Fugro Oceanor in Trondheim are bobbing about on every ocean on the planet. The buoys monitor the environment, help us develop new ways to produce clean energy, and give us advance notice of the next tsunami.