Norwegian technology company establishes at WaterCampus Leeuwarden

24 Jul 2018.
The Norwegian technology company Oisann Engineering recently opened a branch at WaterCampus Leeuwarden. With this, WaterCampus continues the growth trend that was established by Buck Consultants International * last June. Oisann has developed an innovative desalination technology called Waterfountain, which wants to scale up the company in Leeuwarden. Waterfountain is designed to reduce the costs and the environmental impact of large-scale desalination for drinking water production over the entire life cycle. With the acquisition of this young Norwegian company from Leeuwarden, WaterCampus expects to be able to give a significant boost to the regional economy and employment in the long term. Moreover, the Netherlands has once again added an innovative water technology company.


Unique cluster of organisations
Why did Oisann decide to settle on WaterCampus Leeuwarden? Co-founder Tor Stolpestad: “Through the South Norway European Council Office we came into contact with WaterCampus. We quickly realised that a similar cluster of water-related organisations would be hard to find elsewhere. I am convinced that our way to success would have been much more difficult without the support of the Water Alliance and this cluster in Leeuwarden. We are grateful and impressed that we are part of this fantastic environment of inventive people and organisations. “Discussions are currently under way on collaboration with, among others, the Center of Expertise Water Technology (CEW) for the implementation of applied research and Wetsus for possible fundamental research in the future.


Story behind Oisann
Oisann Engineering was founded by three former colleagues from a Norwegian oil company. Tor Stolpestad already had the idea of ​​this desalination system as a student. He called together his former colleagues Rolf Bendiksen and Kurt Andresen and together they started to build a prototype of Waterfountain. Kurt Andresen is now retired, his duties have been taken over by Kyle Hopkins.  Within a year the team managed to produce water that more than meets EU drinking water standards.
The Waterfountain project is co-financed by the funding program for startups in the Northern Netherlands Bison and Innovation Norway, a program that has been set up for the ‘green’ industry.* Report Buck Consultants International: Campussen en science parks trekken steeds meer bedrijven en zorgen voor 5.700 extra arbeidsplaatsen in drie-en-half jaar (Dutch)

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