Natural science collaboration receives support from the Statkraft Fund

09.05.2008 08.00 | pressrelease

(Trondheim/Uppsala, 9 May 2008) The Statkraft Fund is allocating NOK 1.5 million to both Vitensenteret i Trondheim (the Trondheim Knowledge Centre) and Technichus i Härnösand (the Technology Centre in Härnösand, Sweden) to inspire children and young people to take an interest in energy and natural sciences. The two knowledge institutions are to work together on a teaching programme that combines theory and practical exercises in a new, fascinating manner.

“This year, the fund has chosen to award subsidies to institutions that are contributing to increasing the interest of coming generations in the energy solutions of the future. Giving children and young people the chance to experience physics with a dash of humour, technology centred on design, and energy involving model building sets encourages them to find out what is actually open to them through the natural sciences,” says President and CEO Bård Mikkelsen.

Technichus and Vitensenteret are working together to link sustainable development to young entrepreneurship in Central Sweden and Central Norway. The two centres are keen to develop installations and teaching programmes that inspire children and young people to learn more about biology, physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics. The Inventors’ Club, Kitchen Chemistry and Electro-Room are examples of innovative approaches to eternal challenges.

This is the fourth year that the Statkraft Fund is awarding subsidies to organisations and projects that have demonstrated their ability to think in new directions, develop opportunities and create solutions.

“At Statkraft, we work continuously to develop renewable energy such as wind power, wave power, tidal power, osmotic power, hydropower and solar power, and we need a constant influx of new competences and talents. Everyone who encourages children and young people to take an interest in the natural sciences and energy issues is playing an important role,” explains Bård Mikkelsen.

The Statkraft Group is a European leader within renewable energy. The Group generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. In Norway the company supplies electricity and heat to around 600,000 customers through its shareholdings in other companies. In 2007 Statkraft posted a profit after tax of NOK 6.6 billion, and employed around 2,300 employees in ten countries. The world needs pure energy. This is what Statkraft delivers – every day.