Power from the forest

Even the planned increase in combined thermal energy and power schemes will be insufficient to meet the Norwegian government’s goal of generating 14 TWh from bioenergy sources by 2020. Scientists believe that electricity will also have to be generated from our forests.

This is why SINTEF is working on a project that goes by the name of KRAV and which will map out how Norway can exploit its timber as a source of energy. Four Norwegian electricity companies, Trondheim Energi, Agder Energi, Eidsiva Energi and Solør Bioenergi, will participate in the project.

The aim is to identify the ideal technology for small-scale electricity generation from Norwegian forest products, while as much energy as possible is extracted from the biomass. As a first step, the scientists envisage systems with a capacity of up to 10 MW.