Friday, 10 June 2011 15:32

DNV signs cooperation agreement with STRI

The Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI) and DNV has signed an agreement in an effort to meet the increasing market demand for advanced solutions for power transmission in the offshore and wind energy sectors.

Kjell Eriksson, Director of the Energy Programme in DNV Research and Innovation, says there are two fundamental drivers behind the decision to collaborate – the electrification of both conventional and subsea oil and gas installations, and the growth in offshore wind energy. “Both drivers will require new solutions in relation to offshore power transmission,” says Eriksson.

Eriksson explains that the two organisations have highly complementary skills. STRI is a leading, independent power system consulting company with an accredited high voltage laboratory in Ludvika, Sweden, and DNV has over 40 years of experience in risk management from the offshore oil and gas sector and 30 years of offshore wind experience.

High voltage laboratory
At its laboratory, STRI is able to conduct high voltage tests on products with system voltages up to 1 000 kV. Besides several flexible high voltage test halls there is also a large climate hall for testing of pollution, snow, ice, fog and rain as well as several chambers for multiple stress, salt fog and extreme temperatures. In addition, STRI has unique knowledge and experience in system studies for wind power integration and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) applications, including multi terminal HVDC – VSC technology.

In September last year, DNV acquired BEW Engineering, a US-based specialist consulting firm focusing on integration of wind and solar energy, and transmission and distribution of electrical power.

“Collaborating now with STRI forms a natural next step in our drive to support both the oil and gas sector, as well as the renewable energy and power transmission industries,” says Mr. Eriksson.

“Providing megawatts of power to subsea installations, as well as building future offshore DC-grids, will require new ways of combining electrical engineering with offshore engineering and risk management. With this in mind, the joint service offering from STRI and DNV gives us the opportunity to offer integrated solutions to our customers and meet the growing demand in the market place,” commented Dan Wikstrøm, President of STRI.

For more information, visit www.dnv.com, to which full acknowledgement and thanks are given.

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