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
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.
– 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
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.
The MOU states that NHPC will find concrete cooperation projects with NTNU and Dynavec within the
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.