Technology development at the NCS : characteristics of institutionalized solutions
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This thesis is exploring technology development at the Norwegian Continental Shelf by looking at the different stages in the process, the stakeholder’s role and involvement in the process, and characteristics of institutional solutions that are chosen. The institutionalized solutions or standards can through theory explain why things are the way they are. The institutional technology development process that starts when a need or a problem demands a technological solution via product development arises, and through diffusion of that development. The objective of this thesis is to explore the different aspects of the process and point to obstructions or factors that are slowing down the process. To illuminate this process possibly entries to technology development has been explored from different perspective, the stakeholder’s cooperation and contribution to technology development are explored, and in the end the authority framework was studied. The main conclusion of this thesis is that Norway has a good balanced framework with a high level of cooperation that stimulates technology development, but there are issues that are slowing down the technology development at the NCS. Some of the factors that have come to surface are; limited possibilities to participate in developments, limited funds for independent research, bottleneck in technology qualification, and ‘new’ environmental risks. All the factors that slow down the development basically boil down to awareness of required levels of funding and willingness and ability to invest. This might come out quite negative but Norway is doing all the essential things right and many good technologies are produced there. But for as a country like Norway with lot of potential and money could use this advantage to make technology development an even more prioritized area.
Masteroppgave i Energy management - Universitetet i Nordland, 2012