Statkraft Chooses IDE Technologies to Design Pilot Facility for Osmotic Power Generation
The project is first of its kind to generate clean, green energy by mixing seawater and fresh water
Oslo, Norway and Kadima, Israel, February 12, 2013 – IDE Technologies Ltd., a global leader in water technologies, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company, for the development of an Osmotic Power Generation pilot plant in Norway. IDE will design the 2 mega-watt pilot facility in Sunndalsøra, Norway. The plant, which will be capable of 24/7 operation in any weather, is scheduled for construction within a few years.
Under the agreement, IDE will design and later purchase and construct the pilot plant in close cooperation with Statkraft. Most of the plant will be based on existing technology used in desalination and other industries. However, IDE will design innovative solutions in several areas of the pilot plant, such as the energy recovery system and the fresh water and seawater pretreatment.
“We are honored to team up with Statkraft for this breakthrough pilot that will demonstrate the feasibility of producing energy by means of a Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) process,” said Dr. Boris Liberman, VP & CTO Membrane Technology of IDE. “We have been researching Osmotic Energy production for some time now, and intend to bring our R&D findings, our solid engineering solutions and our water expertise to this project. This will result in driving costs down while increasing net energy output.”
Osmotic Energy is a method for producing energy from the mix of fresh water and seawater. This technology enables clean power production at any place where rivers and lakes meet the seashore. Mastering this technology represents great potential for renewable, zero carbon-dioxide footprint, seafront power plants worldwide.
“Statkraft pioneered the field of Osmotic Power by developing knowledge and experience in the PRO technology, and later by constructing a prototype facility in Tofte, Norway,” said Stein Erik Skilhagen, Head of Osmotic Power, Statkraft. “The Tofte facility has been operating since 2009, and is in use for testing components, processes and membranes. We have selected IDE to design this pilot plant as we are certain that IDE’s pioneering R&D and solid engineering practices, coupled with Statkraft’s experience and capabilities, represent the best team to handle the technological and economic barrier to osmotic power generation.”
About IDE Technologies:
IDE is a global leader in water technologies, specializing in the development, engineering, construction and operation of enhanced desalination facilities and industrial water treatment solutions. With its advanced thermal and membrane technologies, IDE has designed, built, and currently operates some of the world’s largest seawater desalination and water treatment plants. Today, IDE provides a cumulative capacity of over 2.3 million m3/day of high quality water for a wide range of industries including oil and gas, mining, refineries and power stations. IDE holds a proven track record that spans 400 plants, 40 countries and 4 decades.
Business Development Manager, IDE
Statkraft is Europe’s leader in renewable energy. The group develops and generates hydropower, wind and gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. Statkraft has about 3,400 employees in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit www.statkraft.com.
Stein Erik Skilhagen
Head of Osmotic Power, Statkraft
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