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…

Learning from the masters at “the Olympics” of energy economic research

What are the hottest topics among the world’s top scholars of energy economics? What are they discussing, and how will they present their most recent findings? These were some of the questions I had in mind when travelling to the 39th conference by the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). According to some of the…

A Statkraft adventure

Every year new employees in Statkraft are sent on an introduction trip to visit a hydro power plant and learn about Statkraft’s long history in Norway. The trip includes a large dose of beautiful Norwegian nature, a long bus ride, and the chance to get to know colleagues from around the company. On the 1st…