Networking During Studies

Through a collaboration with the Fornybark cluster, Sofie gains a larger network while writing her master's thesis

Sofie Møller holds a master's degree in energy and environment at NTNU. She is interested in the environment and life cycle and is now writing a master's thesis where she studies energy consumption in the aquaculture industry.

Engaged supervisor

It was a coincidence that led to Sofie now researching energy efficiency in fish farming. She gives her supervisor, Johan Berg Pettersen at the Program for Industrial Ecology at NTNU, much of the credit for her interest in the topic.

- It's a bit of a coincidence that I became interested in fish farming. I have a very inspiring mentor who also got me involved. And now I find it very exciting to write about a changing industry - which is important for Norway.

- In addition, it is interesting to work closely with the industry. Then I can hear if the companies are only interested in the salmon and salmon lice, or whether they are also interested in reducing emissions.

Cluster Collaboration

The renewable cluster is a business cluster with several member companies, where the companies want to contribute to sustainable value creation and renewable business development. In collaboration with NTNU, Enova and NCE Aquatech Cluster, they are looking at opportunities for reduced climate effect and better energy efficiency in the aquaculture industry.

- My supervisor had already contacted the Fornybark cluster, and since I was also interested in the topic, he joined me on this collaboration.

Company Contact

In the master thesis, Sofie identifies how much energy is used, especially on feed barges, and whether they can move away from diesel and switch to shore power to switch to a "cleaner" energy source.

In order for the issues in the assignment to be real and up-to-date, she talks to companies in the cluster collaboration, and so she gets to know what is going on in the industry.

- I have attended work meetings where we discuss what should be researched and what needs the companies have. I am free to choose and can collect data from various players.

Sofie has also presented her work at a conference with over 60 participants - several of them from different fish farming companies. In this way, she not only gets data from the industry, but also contacts.

- It is very nice to meet representatives from the companies. Then I get contacts and a name to refer to later. In addition, my thesis becomes more realistic and relevant and not just theoretical.

The Future

There is no doubt that Sofie's commitment is great, and during her work on the master's thesis she has managed to establish contact with several companies.

She thinks the topic she is working on is very interesting. If the research project continues, she may apply further. Whichever direction she chooses after studying, there is nothing to say at the level of ambition:

- I want to work to reach the climate goals of the fish farming industry.
 
This article was originally posted in Norwegian at Trondelagfylke.no