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Rolf Barmen

Powertalk: The challenger

In Fjordkraft, there is no doubt about what really matters: the customers. Rolf Barmen's goal is to deliver electric power to 40 per cent of Norway's population.

Illustration of renewable energy sources

The Statkraft School: More pure energy

The energy sector accounts for a significant portion of global greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions trading, green certificates and guarantees of origin are some of the schemes that stimulate and guarantee production from renewable sources. What are they exactly?

Bjørn Hølaas, head of District Heating in Statkraft

Powering customers

From few and large customers to many and diverse. How does cooperation with customers improve Statkraft?

Rundedal solar energy park in Emmen.

The sun always shines on PV

In the darkest month of the year Rundedal, Statkraft's new solar energy park in the Netherlands, goes into operation. Advanced thin-film technology will ensure that the solar panels maintain efficiency all year round, even in cloudy weather.

Salmon

The salmon have returned to the river

When the Røssåga watercourse was developed in the 1950s, parts of the river were left dry and overgrown. Now the water is back, and the salmon.

Wood chips on conveyor belt

Chipping in

The Danish energy company Ørsted is in the midst of a major transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Statkraft is contributing to the turnaround by supplying wood chips to the energy giant's new biomass power plant in Skærbæk.

Children with plastic waste

Sharing the benefits from waste management

Paper, plastic and other forms of waste threatening to enter the water intake from a hydropower plant’s reservoir is a constant challenge and a constraint on plant operations. In Turkey, several tonnes of waste have been collected with the help of local schools – to everyone’s benefit.

People on inspection at wind farm

Stronger together

Centralising project expertise will strengthen the implementation of construction projects in Statkraft. It is about delivering on quality, on time and on budget. Every single time.

Bjørn Grane, environmental coordinator in Statkraft

Decisive meeting at Lake Røssvatnet

Nedre Røssåga power plant underwent extensive modernisation. Now the licence terms are being revised. How will consideration for nature conservation and power generation be balanced, and what will it mean for Statkraft?

Partcipants at workshop

/coding day/

Increasingly smaller margins in trading of renewable energy mean that traders must be more effective. The Coding Day workshop brings together participants from different Statkraft units to find out what robots can contribute.

Pekka Lundmark

Powertalk: Competing for customers

During his childhood, he liked to run faster than the other boys on the street. Now, the head of Fortum is more concerned with gaining market share than seconds. Recently, Pekka Lundmark took a bite of the Norwegian power market.

Hydropower – the energy of the future

Did you know that hydropower supplies Norway with almost one hundred percent pure, renewable energy? Hydropower has provided us with electricity in our everyday lives for generations, all year round and through all kinds of weather.

Renewable energy: The Big Three

In the future, renewable energy sources from hydro, wind and solar power will be even more important. The different abilities of hydro, wind and solar complement each other and makes them perfect partners.

The Offervann dam

How do we become a zero-emissions society?

With the Paris Agreement, Norway has committed to ”de-carbonize” the Norwegian society, which means in a long term to end the use of fossil energy overall. This task requires great effort from each country, but Norway has a better starting-point than many other countries.

Demolishing pipelines for Old Bjølvo power plant

The hundred-year-old that disappeared

Building a hydropower plant is an extensive and demanding process, and demolishing one is no laughing matter either.

Nedre Røssåga

Ready for another 50 years

Nedre Røssåga hydropower station was reopened in 2016 after extensive renovation and expansion. Learn more about this impressive construction project.

People looking at smolt tank.

Innovative reuse

In Glomfjord, Statkraft cooperates with Marine Harvest on beneficial water reuse. First the water generates power, then it’s used to raise young salmon. Water reuse may prove vital for the future of hydropower.

Khekh Ram

Close to nature

Monsoon rains, vast quantities of snow and heavy melting all contribute to providing Khekh Ram with an extremely varied working day at the hydropower plant in the Himalayas.

Pipelines through forest

From crisis to opportunity

By developing new business opportunities, Statkraft safeguarded the long-term prospects for the pumpedstorage power plant and 30 jobs in Erzhausen, Germany.

Lake with dam

Power town

The residents of Luster are well aware that water creates ripples.

Sabri Avdiu at his property.

The path to hydropower

Albania's commitment in hydropower lays the foundation for future growth. But when as much as 10 per cent of the land area is affected by the development, it also affects many people.

Ulla-Førre

Ulla-Førre: Norway's Power Storehouse

The Ulla-Førre facilities make up Norway's largest power reserve. The development was one of the largest Norwegian construction projects ever. Get to know the facilities and its important role today and in the energy system of tomorrow.

Thorhild Widvey

Powertalk: The network builder

At fifteen, Thorhild Widvey was the conductor of the children's and youth choir in her native village on Karmøy. Now, Statkraft's new chair aims to strengthen the company's voice in the green shift.

Illustration of energy sources

Low-emissions Scenario 2035: Realistic optimism

What will the world's energy systems look like in 2035? According to Statkraft's Low-emissions Scenario, electrification will speed up and the share of renewable energy will more than double in the global energy mix.

Tore Småmo, Bjørn Sandvik

When Synne came to Suldal

Being a hydropower municipality is profitable in more than one sense, something the residents of Suldal realised when the extreme weather 'Synne' struck.

Canned energy

A multi-megawatt battery, with a capacity equivalent to two million iPhone 6 batteries, has been put into operation at the Dörverden run-of-river hydropower plant in Germany. With pure energy "in a can", renewable energy sources can take on new and important tasks.

Girl in classroom

Safety on the timetable

How can drowning accidents be prevented in open hydropower reservoirs? One good way is simply to talk to the largest risk group: children.

Auke Lont

Powertalk: A balancing act

Norway has one of the most secure power supplies in the world. Statnett's CEO Auke Lont is not worried that new technologies will upset the balance in the national grid. "We'll fix this," is his mantra.

Andreas Alnes

Powertalk: Rapid changes

How should Statkraft adapt to a changing world? Searching for the answer to that is what Andreas Alnes does every day.

Padma Devi

The snow team

Padma Devi and the snow removal team at the Allain Duhangan hydropower plant in India have a job that never ends. This suits them fine.

Project team members

Renewed energy

The rehabilitation of Nordic hydropower plants will ensure effective operation for the next 50 years. Anette Småbrekke manages the rehabilitation of the Lio hydropower plant from 1969.

120 years of pure energy

It all began with the acquisition of rights to a single waterfall. One hundred and twenty years later, Statkraft can call itself an international company and Europe's largest producer of renewable energy. We are proud to tell the story of our 120-year-long journey.

City life in Nepal

Vital power supply

The power produced by Statkraft's Khimti power plant has played a crucial role for Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015.

The Offervann dam

70 degrees north

If building power plants had been a sports discipline, Offervann would have qualified as an extreme sport. Injury prevention has therefore been a top priority.

Sheringham Shoal

Red alert!

The sun is shining and the sea is calm around Sheringham Shoal wind farm. Thursday 10 September 2015 promises to be a good day for carrying out maintenance work on the wind turbines. However...

Pile of timber

Old timber, new energy

From timber to wood chips to district heating: Production of biomass has begun at Tofte in Norway, marking the first step towards a new renewable business for Statkraft.

Jürgen Tzchoppe

Powertalk: The customer's man

He has his eye on the future. He believes the eagerness of consumers to find their own power supply solutions will affect the entire energy market.

Lights on in Turkey

New power for Turkey

Smart solutions and close cooperation have turned the Kargi power development project in Turkey into a success story.

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen

Powertalk: "We have a fantastic starting point for the future"

The energy industry is undergoing a major and challenging transition. "Right now is a very exciting time to be leading Statkraft," says CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.

Weaving

Weaving their way to a better life

In the village of Pay Pay in Peru, a small weaving workshop has improved the lives of the women who work there. With a little help from Statkraft.

Glomfjord power station

A long term relationship

The Glomfjord power plant stands like a monument to Norway's energy success story that began more than 100 years ago.

Monica Mæland

Powertalk: "The world needs more renewable energy"

She is in the Prime Minister's inner circle and has ownership responsibility for nearly half of Norway's state-owned enterprises. And she has secured Statkraft NOK 10 billion in fresh equity.

Lake Nedre Demmevatn

Great forces at play

On Friday 22 August 2014, Lake Nedre Demmevatn was where it always had been. Three days later, all the water – two billion litres – was gone.

Inspection at site

Lifting safety

A construction worker looks with uncertainty for the safety equipment he left behind before he climbed the scaffolding. Meanwhile, a load of sheathing is lifted up over the heads of working colleagues without double protection in place.

Peru landscape

In the realm of the condor

The Pacific never gets closer to Peru’s Andes Mountains than in the La Libertad region. Here, the endangered condor flies high above the power plant named after the small, blind cockerel Gallito Ciego.

Mikael Lundin

Powertalk: The Market Advocate

“The power market has never been more volatile,” says Mikael Lundin, without any room for misinterpretation. As CEO of Nord Pool Spot, Europe’s leading power exchange, he knows what he is talking about.

Per Sanderud

Powertalk: Taming the forces of nature

Per Sanderud, director general of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), has a clear message: “We need a completely different extreme weather preparedness now than in the past.”

The Trolltunga mountain top

Tip of the Tongue

What happens when heavy construction machinery, tourist coaches and personal cars have to share the same narrow roads in the Norwegian mountains?

Construction workers

Building growth in Peru

At the foot of the Andes mountains, 1660 metres above sea level, 900 construction workers are building Statkraft's first hydropower plant in Peru.

Nore 1 main building

Powerful cultural heritage

The Nore 1 hydropower station dominates the landscape with its tower, spire and arches. The plant from 1928 is still an important power producer – and a rather ordinary workplace.

Uta Gjertsen

Researching for the future

Where will the next big flood in Norway be? What if the Himalayan glaciers melt? Is building hydropower plants in Turkey profitable? These are some of the questions R&D programme manager Uta Gjertsen is trying to answer.

Nedre Røssåga

Investing in veterans

Despite the power surplus in the Nordic region, Statkraft is reinvesting NOK 12 billion upgrading the Nordic power plants. This seemingly strange investment plan has its reasons.

Hilde Bakken

Preparing for change

Hilde Bakken has headed Statkraft’s new business area, Power Generation, since 1 February 2013. Early on, she said there would be changes. A brand new management team is now in place.

Kjensvatn

The great white open

Statkraft’s new power plant is emerging in the white wilderness.

Ice-free business development

The harbour in Mo i Rana in Northern Norway is ice-free during winter, thanks to two pipes that blow air through tiny holes and create bubbles in the water.