Norwegian Minister of Trade & Industry pays
On the 16th
of June, Monica Mæland, the Norwegian Minister of Trade & Industry came to see and learn from Viking Development Group
at our Kristiansand head office. The visit was part of her tour to get feedback
and input from the regional business community, with special focus on the need
for Norwegian businesses to adapt to a new business climate with oil prices having
dropped to their lowest level in six years.
The people at Viking
Development Group gave the Minister a thorough presentation of both the
CraftEngine and our other developments, including the general concept of being
an Innovation House where capital and clever minds meet. In addition, we
expressed our opinion that it’s imperative for the Norwegian supplier industry
to shift its focus to renewable energy, in order for Norway to maintain an
efficient and competitive energy industry, which is not only related to oil and
gas. The region is ripe with outstanding talent and expertise, and this
competence must be retained, utilized and not wasted in current cyclical downturn.
seemed to appreciate our input, and initiated a very constructive dialogue,
including our views on the public support system for entrepreneurs in general,
and specifically on the importance of helping Norwegian enterprises to “ride
the green wave”.
“We are proud to note
that the Minister of Trade and Industry, chose to set off time in her busy
schedule to seek out our views, and to be informed of the CraftEngine
Technology and the work of Viking Development Group. This is a recognition of
the significance of our Innovation House and efforts”, says Tore Hansen-Tangen,
The CraftEngine PowerPack (40 kWe) exceeds target specs – 47,7 kW power production!
a “40 kW unit” in the original specifications, we are very pleased to see that
the unit actually exceeds that target, and with a good margin”, Managing Director
Tor Hodne comments. “Seeing 47,7 kW on the display is VERY exciting and we
can’t wait to get the first units out to selected customers this summer”.
month of commissioning, startup and introductory testing and tuning, the
PowerPack entered into performance testing last week, and we will continue to run
the unit under various boundary conditions in order to optimize and maximize
the performance for our specific customer cases.
Hamacher, Skill Area Manager of Energy Systems at AVL Schrick GmbH adds: “We
are extremely pleased with the performance of the PowerPack. Not only does it
run very smoothly and very silently, but the power output is also beyond our
expectations, with more than 47 kW at the grid connection point”. Mr. Hamacher
“The 47,7 kW is measured
as the net power at the grid connection point, which means that all internal
parasitic losses have already been subtracted. In other words, this is the
electricity that can be used by the customer – or sold to the grid”.
Andreas Mück, Senior Program Manager Energy Systems at AVL
Schrick GmbH, comments: “The results are simply fantastic. We know that the
customer in some cases will need to run a dry cooler to supply the cooling for
the condenser or some other external auxiliaries, but this will vary from case
to case and we can’t make any generalized assumptions. In some cases there won’t
be any of these external losses at all, so the grid connection power will
indeed be the total system output”.
Nes Rislå, R&D Director at Viking Development Group summarizes: “The
PowerPack is now ready to enter into real market applications and I am very
happy about the situation. In addition to the great performance, the system
also has other extremely valuable selling points: First of all, the CraftEngine
has excellent part-load performance, which means it can handle variations in temperature
and heat input better than any other ORC system that I know of
. Secondly, the CraftEngine has the ability
to use different working fluids very flexibly, which means that we can adapt
the CraftEngine to any heat source. The CraftEngine is thus fully prepared for
using the newest and most environmentally friendly working fluids available,
which is very important now that new and stricter environmental regulations are
coming into effect.
finally”, he continues, “looking more into the future, with the current PowerPack
design, which is based on four expanders in parallel, we have the further
possibility to design for example a three-expander or five-expander PowerPack
with very little development efforts. This is a great advantage once we identify
a high-volume application that does not fit 100% to the current system”.