Norway opens first osmotic power plant
Nov 24, 2009
- TOFTE - UPI - energycentral.com
A Norwegian power company announced
Tuesday Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit will head the opening of the world's
first osmotic power plant.
Statkraft, Europe's largest renewable energy
company, said the plant at Tofte, outside Oslo, will generate power by using the
energy produced when fresh water and seawater are mixed, the Norway Post reported.
Osmotic power is an emissions-free energy source that will make a global
contribution to eco-friendly power production, Statkraft said, adding it has been
researching osmotic power for 10 years.
"In an era of major climate change
and an increasing need for clean energy, we are proud to be presenting a renewable
energy source which has never been harnessed until now. We are also most grateful
that the crown princess wishes to lend her support to this milestone in our development
of osmotic power,"
Statkraft CEO Bard Mikkelsen, said. Statkraft said the
plant is intended mostly for testing and development purposes, with the goal of
building a commercial plant within a few years.
Osmotic power's global
potential is estimated to be equivalent to 50 percent of the EU's total power
Osmotic power plants can, theoretically be built wherever fresh
water runs into the sea, and they produce no noise or pollution emissions, the
Norway Post reported.