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…

Help! I’ve become a Purchase Order advocate

I used to be on the other side. In previous jobs, I received messages from the finance department reminding me to get a Purchase Order (PO) for my purchases and before I make the purchase. Why? Because Finance needed control over the company spending and cash flow. I rarely followed their instructions because I didn’t…

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…

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…

An overnight escape to Mår power plant

Even though I find myself firmly in the grasp of Lady Luck when it comes to possibilities to go out and actually see the power plants we’re managing, maintaining, nursing, rehabilitating and so forth, most days are spent at the office. Office life is a good life, but sometimes one yearns to see the flora…