Grenland has a very active research and development environment. The industry in the region works closely with the University of South-Eastern Norway, Campus Porsgrunn. There is a consistently high level of research and development activity at Herøya Industrial Park, where several of the big industrial companies have their own R&D departments. The park is also home to the national independent research organisation SINTEF, while the pilot arena provides a space for industrial ideas that have completed lab tests to be “test driven” on a bigger and more realistic scale before possibly moving ahead to full scale.