To generate hydropower, the water is stored in reservoirs or dams and then conveyed through pressure tunnels to the Powerhouse, where it drives the generators and turbines to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. The water eventually returns to its source to continue with its natural path.
To provide district heating, Statkraft has plants, which through a combustion process, converts gases such as biofuel, heat pumps, landfill gas, natural gas, propane/butane gas, electricity and fuel oil and organic waste into hot water. This water is then turned into steam and is distributed through insulated pipes to districts or entire cities to provide heat. Finally, when the water cools off, it is returned to the central plant through a return pipeline where it is reheated.
Statkraft has on-shore and off-shore wind farms, with large wind turbines that use the force of the wind to generate electricity. The blades of the wind turbines convert the wind’s kinetic energy into mechanical energy. Then this energy is transmitted to the power grid to be distributed to homes and offices.
Through a combined cycle power plant, Statkraft generates climate-friendly and low-carbon energy. The thermal energy of the fuel is transformed into electricity using gas turbines and steam turbines.
Gas-fired power plants have the lowest carbon emissions among power plants burning fossil fuels.