Closing the Circle

My time as a trainee in Statkraft has just come to an end. During my two year programme I have worked with operations and maintenance from different angles within the company. I started my journey at Statkraft’s headquarters working with support within operation and maintenance. Afterwards, I moved to England to work with offshore wind…

Procurement – it’s much more than getting the lowest price

If I tell people I now work in procurement, they are either confused (“what was that again?”) or indifferent. Indeed, procurement may sound like a simple task at first. All you do is buy things with your company’s money. Can’t be that hard, can it? Some people also wonder what we buy in Statkraft… So,…

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…

Flow measurements – why, how and when (part 2)

This is the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed “Flow measurements – why, how and when”-series. The measuring of flow As you are now familiar with most things relevant when it comes to measuring the flow of a turbine, let’s look into a real flow measurement case: A power plant group is unsure of the…

Flow measurements – the why, how and when (part 1)

This is the first of a two-part installment looking into flow measurements. The why of measuring flow You would think that we know every ebb and flow of our hydro power plants. After all, they are equipped with vibration sensors, temperature sensors, and lots and lots of other measuring devices which allow us to collect…

Big data and artificial intelligence – the future of commodity market analysis

“Computers are “starting to open their eyes”” – Google – Jeff Dean AI is colloquially known as machines exhibiting intelligent cognitive behavior such as learning and complex problem solving. 2015 was a big year for AI and 2016 continues the trend with big players such as IBM, Facebook, Google, Apple and Tesla making headlines. Today computers…

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…

Steve Jobs of the energy industry

I woke up at 4.15 on Thursday morning. Not because I already had to, my alarm was set to 4.45, but because I was excited. Four of us Statkraft trainees were bound for Steinkjer in the county of Nord-Trøndelag to meet other trainees in the energy sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead. Such…

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Hello blog readers, Given that this is my first blog post since I’ve introduced myself back in September, I figured I’d share some of my Statkraft impressions with you before I focus on one specific event. The last six weeks at Statkraft have been quite busy: from getting to learn people’s names (some of which…