Statkraft involved in five new research centres

04.02.2009 08.00 | pressrelease

Norway’s Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen today announced that eight research centres have been named Centres for Environment-Friendly Energy Research (CEER). Statkraft is involved in five of the chosen centres, and has undertaken to provide both funding and expertise.

“We are very pleased that five of the research centres in which we are involved have been named Centres for Environment-Friendly Energy Research. Investment in R&D is vital if Statkraft is to meet the world’s need for pure energy,” says Statkraft’s SVP Innovation Sverre Gotaas.

Among the research projects that Statkraft is involved in are the development of offshore wind power technology, carbon capture and storage, bioenergy and environment-friendly design.

Statkraft considers R&D to be a strategic tool to increase value creation and strengthen its core business activities. During the period 2009-2011 Statkraft expects to invest around NOK 500 million in a variety of R&D programmes, projects and schemes.

In addition to the Centres for Environment-Friendly Energy Research, R&D activities are carried out in the different business units and in major R&D programmes. One such, the Ocean energy programme, was set up in 2007 in cooperation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, the University of Uppsala in Sweden and the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. Its aim is to contribute towards advances in the field of tidal energy, wave energy and offshore wind power. Separate R&D programmes for hydropower technology and customer segments are currently being established.

Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. Statkraft also develops solar power, marine energy, osmotic power and other innovative energy solutions. In 2007 Statkraft posted gross operating revenues of EUR 2.2 billion and a profit after tax of EUR 827 million. The group employs close to 3,000 staff in more than 20 countries.

Centres for Environment-Friendly Energy Research (CEER):

The creation of centres for research into environment-friendly energy is a direct consequence of the climate compromise agreed between the various political parties represented in the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, and the creation of Energi21, a national energy strategy for Norway. 17 centres initially applied for CEER status, of which 12 were selected to go forward to the final round of evaluation. The process has been led by the Research Council of Norway on behalf of Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Under the scheme, the Norwegian state provides up to NOK 20 million in annual funding for 8 years, with the industrial partners matching that figure.

About the centres in which Statkraft is involved:

BIGCCS Centre – International CCS Research Centre
Under the leadership of SINTEF Energiforskning the centre will help to realise full-scale carbon capture and storage from electricity generating facilities and industrial processes. The objective of the centre’s research is to achieve the capture of at least 90 per cent of carbon emissions, a 50 per cent cost reduction and less than six per cent loss of efficiency.

Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN)
Under the leadership of SINTEF Energiforskning the centre will help to develop and communicate good design solutions for renewable energy production. Based on environmental impact assessments developed for hydropower schemes, the centre will transfer the same methodology to other forms of renewable energy production, such as wind and solar power and bioenergy, as well as power transmission.

Bioenergy Innovation Centre (CenBio)
Under the leadership of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) the centre aims to develop a sustainable and cost-effective bioenergy industry that can achieve the goal of doubling bioenergy consumption in Norway by 2020.

Research Center for Offshore Wind Technology
Under the leadership of SINTEF Energiforskning the centre will combine its many partners’ wind power expertise and offshore experience to guide the development of offshore wind power generation. The objective is to develop new insight, methods and technologies as a platform for the commercial development of offshore wind farms.

Norwegian Center for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE)
Under the leadership of Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) the centre aims to be the leading hub where research and industry cooperate to develop the foundation for new, innovative, environment friendly and cost-effective solutions for offshore wind power.