Digitalization – brought down to earth

I assume you have heard the word. DIGITALIZATION. It is buzzing in the media, a development so disruptive that it is called the fourth industrial revolution. The potential is huge: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation… “Digitalize or die”, they say. Offering threats and opportunities. Well, let me bring this fuzzy doom-day buzzword-filled topic down to…

Industry powered by Statkraft

Did you know that Statkraft delivers electricity to customers? You pay for example Fjordkraft or Norgesenergi for your electricity use, as well as a grid fee to Hafslund. But most likely the electrons in your socket originally stems from one of our many (and huge) hydro power plants. Statkrafts main business is production of renewable…

E-World trade fair 2017

E-world, which is the largest European trade fair for the Energy and Water industry, took place in Essen for the 17th time this year! E-world is one of the busiest and most important events for professionals from the European energy industry. More than 700 exhibitions were represented this year, and more than 24 000 visitors from 71 different…

Is predicting the future getting harder?

In 2016, the world was first surprised by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and later also by Trump getting elected as the president of the United States. One of the main reasons these news struck most people by surprise was because the majority of the opinion polls were pointing in the opposite…

Checking out Statkraft’s reservoirs in the winter

This February some dedicated young Statkraft employees, mostly current and former trainees, organized a weekend trip to Vamark in Telemark, which is one of Statkraft’s many cabins in southern Norway.  Our goal? To enjoy the great skiing conditions and have fun. I also used the opportunity to learn more about Statkraft’s assets in the area….

From theory to practice – Seeing project execution up close

After 6 months in Sweden, my next adventure took me to Sauda and Dalen in southern Norway where I have worked with large refurbishment projects on some of Statkraft’s largest power plants. When working with projects there is a lot of pre-planning that is related to profitability, asset condition, risk of failure, meetings, etc. It…

Teambuilding with Raspberry PI and 32×32 LED screen

Do you want to do an innovative team building activity that will help you get to know your fellow colleagues? Or just do some puzzles involving creativity and programming? Then connect a Raspberry PI to a LED screen. And decide how this gadget should visualize. Why? I am currently on my third rotation at the Statkraft…

Puzzle of the day: The Name of the Rose

This puzzle was posed to me by a colleague a few days ago (Thanks Christopher Geisel) and I liked it so much that I thought I would share (It’s a variant of the blue eyes problem, so many of you might already know it). Good luck and enjoy. There are an unknown number of monks…

Virtual Power Plants – good business or just a buzzword?

Statkraft operates one of the largest virtual power plants in Germany, aggregating almost 10 GW of power from about a thousand different assets – without even owning the assets. How does that work? Through my rotation in Statkraft Ventures this spring/summer, the corporate venture fund of Statkraft (Not sure what that is? Check out my…

The Summer Season

Before starting in Statkraft, I always associated the summer season with long days at the beach, eating ice cream and playing volleyball. In the power industry however, this season is filled up with inspections, maintenance and project work. It is the time of the year when the power prices and the reservoir levels are at…