Statoil Innovate is our dedicated channel to challenge-driven open innovation. We focus on connecting with institutions and companies large and small that can help us find solutions to concrete business challenges. We know that we’ll need to keep pushing the boundaries to achieve our goals—and we want to do it with you.

We're looking for ideas and solutions to improve and expand our business along three main opportunity areas, and radical ideas and solutions are especially welcome. Our 3 focus areas are:

Competitive at all times

Transforming the oil and gas industry

Providing energy for a low carbon future

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Current Statoil Innovate challenge

Heavy maintenance of offshore wind turbines

We are looking for new ideas on how to perform heavy maintenance of offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind is an important part of Statoil’s plans for building a profitable new energy business. Statoil has the ambition to allocate 15-20 % of CAPEX in 2030 to low-carbon solutions, including new energy projects. A steadily increasing number of offshore wind farms will need maintenance and also replacement of heavy equipment.

Offshore wind turbines have either bottom-fixed or floating foundations. The technology to be developed here shall be suitable for floating wind turbines, but is expected to be useful for bottom-fixed turbines as well.

The ideal solution is able to perform efficient heavy maintenance in the Rotor and Nacelle Assembly (RNA) on floating offshore wind turbines, and not depend upon the use of jack-up vessels or large floating crane vessels.


Opening contest
March 6th, 2017

Submission deadline
April 23rd, 2017

April 2017

Winner(s) announced
May 2017

Prize: Up to 3 x 100000 NOK

Read more below for details and how to participate.

Are you ready for a challenge?

At regular intervals we post challenges that typically run as campaigns for periods of 6 to 12 weeks—and we invite you to submit proposals.

The challenges are connected to a real Statoil project organisation working alongside the challenge campaign. This challenge team includes professionals dedicated to reviewing and exploring potential next steps for working with solvers to develop and implement solutions that improve our operations.


Previous Statoil Innovate challenges

We are constantly looking for relevant solutions to our challenges, even after campaigns formally close. Review our previous campaigns and let us know if you are working on a technology or method that could be relevant to one of our challenges posted on Statoil Innovate. Submit your proposal indicating the name of the relevant challenge as part of your submission.

  • Corrosion under insulation (CUI)

    We are looking for new ideas on how to prevent or detect corrosion under insulation (CUI)

  • Water Challenge

    The goal of the Water Challenge was to reduce water consumption so as to benefit the environment and local communities, and reduce costs.

  • Sand Challenge

    The goal of the Sand Challenge was to reduce truck trips by addressing the use and composition of proppants in shale production.

  • The Hywind challenge

    To make Hywind available in more markets and at even lower cost, we wanted to improve assembly and installation. We sought proposals and novel technologies improving the way we install Hywind.

Statoil Technology Invest

Commercialising technologies in oil and energy

Statoil Technology Invest (STI)  provides project based or equity funding combined with expert technical and financial guidance.

STI has been established to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with exciting new technologies in oil and energy—and in turn us achieve our goal to be the world’s most carbon-efficient oil and gas producer with a significant renewable business. 

Building on a proven venture track record, we will provide expert technical and financial guidance as well as project-based or venture capital funding. Statoil Technology Invest, STI, is looking for technologies in upstream oil and gas as well as in new energy. 

GE and Statoil—Powering Collaboration

GE and Statoil have now announced a new collaboration to accellerate the development of more environmentally and economically-sustainable energy solutions to help fuel the future.

This joint technology-focused programme is aimed at driving an industrial response to some of the biggest challenges facing global oil and gas production, including flaring, CO2 and methane emissions as well as water usage, while also optimising business operations.

In order to respond to the growing energy demands of the world, continued investments in technology and innovation are critical to helping develop long-term, low-cost and more efficient energy solutions.

Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE