Annual Report 2014
Country Reports


Harald Rikheim Research Council of Norway



Havkraft AS: This Norwegian technology company is specialized in onshore, nearshore and offshore installations for the utilization of wave energy for wave damping and power production, with both low tech and high-tech solutions for all markets. The company’s shareholders are founder and inventor Geir Arne Solheim and Fjord Invest. Havkraft cooperates, amongst others, with Dr. Ing. Karl Christian Strømsem. Tests conducted in 2012 show that the H-WEC (Havkraft Wave Energy Converter) is a perfect wave energy converter with the potential to capture the complete energy field and to utilize all the natural frequencies in the waves. In 2014, Havkraft deployed a demonstration converter with an installed capacity of 200 kW. 

Andritz Hydro Hammerfest: The company was founded in Norway in 1997 by the local utility company Hammerfest Energy and is currently owned by Andritz Hydro, Iberdrola and Hammerfest Energi. Andritz Hydro Hammerfest is among the leading tidal energy technology developers in the world and is now taking the step into commercial delivery. The company has unrivalled commercial operation experience and has received Carbon Trust funding for the tidal turbine development. In December 2012, Andritz Hydro Hammerfest was awarded €20,7 million from NER300 for the proposed Sound of Islay project.


STRAUM: Norwegian technology developer and supplier of wave, tidal and offshore wind power systems. STRAUM’s business idea is to develop, design and deliver a unique range of marine renewable power plants together with strategic partners. The STRAUM technologies are all “in front” and backed by strong IP portfolios, and include the following power plant systems: Hydra Tidal™- tidal & ocean current power plants, OWC Power™- wave power plant and WindSea Floater™/WindSea Jacket™ - floating and fixed offshore wind power plants. The Hydra Tidal™ floating ocean energy system is one of a very few full scale tidal energy plants built and deployed in the world. STRAUM is planning to redeploy the Morild II tidal prototype that at the moment is at a shipyard for repair and maintenance. For this technology STRAUM is currently performing a small scale testing programme both for the wave chamber and the air turbine (

Langlee Wave Power: The wave energy converter, named Langlee Robusto, is a semi-submerged, floating steel structure anchored to the seabed with four chains. Wave energy is captured by large water wings that swing back and forth with the waves, converting the energy into electricity by generators with minimum loss. The electricity is connected to the onshore grid by a subsea cable. Langlee is planning to install a full scale prototype on Canary Islands in 2015.

Flumill: The company has obtained a licence from NVE for deploying up to 5 MW tidal energy production in Rystraumen in Troms in the northern part of Norway. Flumill plans to build and install a full scale grid connected demonstration system in Rystraumen. Enova has granted support of NOK 57,3 million to the project. The demonstration system will have a rated capacity of about 2 MW.

Deep River: has developed a “plug and go” power plant for utilization of tidal, ocean, and river currents. A demonstration version with an installed capacity of 250 kW will be tested in a tidal current and river stream in 2015. The Deep River concept builds the turbine and generator in container solutions. Using standard container size as a base makes it easy to transport and install. The power plant is fully scalable, both in amount of turbines and in size and can deliver both electricity and hydrogen.

Tidal Sails: develops and constructs energy plants generating electricity from ocean currents and tidal streams. Aluminium sail profiles attached to wires sail with the current at an angle, capturing energy and converting it into clean electricity. Linearly moving sails have great extraction efficiency, thus dramatically reducing the cost of the electricity generation. Tidal Sail’s technology may be used in different settings and is protected by several patents worldwide. The company has a small scale demonstrator operating in a stream outside Haugesund, Norway. This has a nominal capacity of 28KW, and provides an excellent basis for scaling up systems to the range of several MW. The hydrodynamic forces work the same in any scale.

Ocean Energy AS: has designed a worldwide patented wave energy plant. The technology is based on the Swedish wave company Seabased AB, but Ocean Energy has developed and patented a “Storm Buoy”. The Storm Buoy can be submerged and withstand extreme waves. The solution is developed in cooperation with the leading environments at universities in Norway (NTNU) as well as the “Maritime Cluster” at Ulsteinvik, Sunnmøre in western Norway. The project is supported by Innovation Norway and Ocean Energy plans to install a demonstration at Runde (