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Signed MOU with India’s largest hydropower producer

HydroCen signed an important research agreement with Indian NHPC Limited (formerly the National Hydroelectric Power Corp) and made sure hydropower research came high on the agenda during the Norwegian state visit to India.

NHPC is comparable to Norwegian Statkraft and is by far the largest hydropower producer in India. Managing director Shri Balraj Joshi has also previously taken an interest in HydroCen’s research activities.

The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed in connection with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s visit to India. Solberg opened a conference with more than 700 participants, and energy was a major topic together with health and marine technology.

Executive Director Cherian Mathew of NHPC Limited signed the agreement to cooperate on hydropower research with HydroCen’s Executive Director Hege Brende. This was one of five agreements that were signed during the energy conference in connection with the state visit in New Dehli.

– Hydropower naturally came high on the agenda. India has great potential for developing its hydropower in the Himalaya region, and there is a demand for more renewable energy, says Hege Brende, Executive Director of FME HydroCen, a research center for environmentally friendly energy (FME) focusing on hydropower technology.
Brende gave two talks on hydropower research during the state visit at the conference and signed the exclusive agreement with NHPC Limited. Four other agreements were also signed between Norwegian interests and Indian energy companies.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg learned about HydroCen’s hydropower research at the reception at the Norwegian Embassy in New Dehli.

Will find specific case studies

NHPC-director Shri Balraj Joshi has himself studied at NTNU and is presently chair of NTNU’s alumni board in India. He received HydroCen and Dynavec at his office the following day of the conference to follow up the agreement.

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg also met Managing Director Balraj Joshi of NHPC Limited during the energy-conference in connection with the Norwegian state visit to India.

The MOU states that NHPC will find concrete cooperation projects with NTNU and Dynavec within the HydroCen’s research areas, such as dam construction, sediment handling, variable speed operation of turbines, pump turbines, future market structures and prices, and market modeling.

They also aim to test turbines developed by Dynavec, a company that has grown from the hydropower research environment at NTNU and is now on its way to becoming a partner in HydroCen.

The hydropower producer says they will also find a case among their own power stations, where they, in collaboration with the researchers, can develop improvements and innovations within the existing facilities.

About HydroCen

HydroCen is a Research Center for Environmentally friendly Energy. Our goal is to develop knew technology and knowledge so hydropower can meet new challenges and enable the transition to a fully renewable energy system.

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