Norway

Norway

Big ideas for mixed industry include wind power centre

A new Norwegian company eager to make its mark in wind power development is proposing to help fund its aspirations with an exotic mixture of commercial enterprises on one site. Projects under consideration by Valsneset Energi og Industriselskap AS (VEI) include a ten acre halibut farm and industrial recycling of heavy vehicles. "As wind plants require large areas, VEI is looking for complementary activities and industries that can be built and operated in between wind turbines," says the company's Oyvind Kvaal. VEI, based at Bjugn near Trondheim, is a public/private sector consortium owned by the Industrial Corporation of Norway, Bjugn municipality and NCC Eeg-Henriksen Anlegg, the Norwegian subsidiary of the multinational construction firm NCC. With help from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Trondheim, VEI also intends to set up a "competence centre for wind energy," to encompass research and development, technical education and support to the wind industry. The company's site would also include a wind turbine test facility and a commercial wind power station of 15 turbines to be built and operated by TronderEnergi. Kvaal says wind measurements over the last year have given excellent results and preparations have started to build foundations for two to three turbines and permanent wind measuring equipment. Financing efforts, however, are still "ongoing." Even the enthusiastic local newspaper has observed that "there are still more big ideas than concrete projects at Valsneset."

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