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ZAWAS – The Future of Urban Mobility at Sea

The waterway has been the most important mobility arena for thousands of years. Zero-emission automated water shuttles will play an important role in revitalizing this arena through a powerful and well-organised network of vessels, transporting both cargo and people. Passengers will experience a seamless integration between track, bus, and boats. 

Norway is pioneering the development of zero-emission, autonomous water shuttles – ZAWAS. This session will highlight the context of water shuttles in the mobility system of the future, and the autonomous journey in Norway.

Full programme to be published shortly.


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Naval Architect (MSc.) with specialization within the fields of design methods, concept evaluation and screening, design and analysis of various types of mechanical equipment such as pumps, compressors, turbines, diesel engines as well as diesel electric systems and hydraulic systems both on a system and component level.

Experience with energy efficiency optimization, life cycle carbon footprint analysis, hybrid and electrical systems for transport system applications (i.e. shipping, ferries, buses etc.) as well as other energy intensive processing systems.

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Serial entrepreneur and loving the ocean for all its opportunities, while being concerned about how we misuse it.
Co-founder and CEO of the autonomous urban ferry company, Zeabuz, which will enable zero-emission 24/7 low-cost urban waterborne mobility globally.
Erik have managed logistics processes for the International Space Station, drilled for oil in Kazakhstan, and coordinated national research strategies and programs for the outstanding maritime industry in Norway.
One of his greatest professional experiences has been to coordinate big projects with large groups of people, often with conflicting agendas, while ensuring a collaborative working environment.

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Halvor is a sustainability and bleeding edge technology enthusiast with a long entrepreneurial track record spanning various industries including renewables, finance, media and tech. He is passionate about innovation and about transforming visionary ideas into solid businesses by building strong teams driven by ambitious goals. Halvor holds a degree in International Business and Finance from the University of Oklahoma.

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Torun Degnes, CEO at SAMS Norway, a business cluster focusing on the development of systems for sustainable autonomous transport solutions used on land, air, and sea. Degnes has several years of experience within different clusters and over 20 years of experience with innovation and product development from various types of industry. Both as CEO of Techni AS and as consultant in innovation processes for multiple companies. As the cluster manager Degnes is overall responsible for all activities within the cluster and works with partners across the nation as well as across borders. Degnes earned a master’s degree in industrial design from Oslo and has complimentary courses in Innovation, Management and Democracy.

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Olav introduced self-driving vehicles to Norway the spring 2016 and has responsibility for over 20 operations in Norway and Europe with autonomous vehicles and automated transport.

He has the coordination responsibility of the National Testarena in Kongsberg with autonomous transport integrated with Public Transport. The test arena is integrated with municipality, county administration, transport operators and the National Public Road Administration.

Olav has an Honours degree within information technology, statistics, and administration from the University of Bergen (1989), followed by a series of business management courses from Europe’s prestigious and leading business school INSEAD (1999), in Paris, France.

His background shows a balanced mix of management roles within the telecom, banking, and finance sectors.

He therefore is fully aware of the complexity of working internationally, and of how to connect heterogeneous systems and actors to support automated solutions and sustainability.

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Hanna Maria van Zijp is an urban planner, ferry nerd and director of public affairs in Zeabuz. Nordic tech company Zeabuz develops autonomous systems for clean, blue mobility solutions in sustainable cities of the future.

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