Norway’s Minister of Climate and the Environment positive to technology from Viking

During his visit to the company’s headquarters in Kristiansand on August 17, Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Minister of Climate and the Environment, said technology developed by Viking Heat Engines will help tackle the global waste problem.

Helgesen mentioned marine littering as one area where the CraftEngine – Viking’s waste heat recovery technology – could prove very useful.

“Marine littering is a big issue for us and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),” he said. “As part of the global effort against marine littering, we need to develop new solutions and green technology.”

Anders Ørnberg, Business Development Manager at Viking, added: “Together with our partner, we’re developing a containerized waste-to-energy facility that can contribute significantly towards reaching both local and global environmental policy targets, by removing harmful waste and providing electric power.

“This is a highly beneficial solution for many of the countries Norway is cooperating with, like Kenya and Tanzania, where there is a need for new technology that can improve waste management and increase power supply.”

During his visit, Helgesen was also introduced to the Heatbooster, which is a heat pump based on the CraftEngine technology. The heat pump turns low-temperature waste heat into high-temperature heat, removing the need for energy-intensive and expensive gas and oil boilers commonly used in industrial processes such as pasteurisation.

The minister mentioned health and defence as two other areas that can benefit from the HeatBooster.

“This is relevant technology for replacing oil heaters, which Norway plans on phasing out by 2020, within the health sector and defence,” Helgesen said.

The minister visited Viking Heat Engines as part of Arendalsuka, an annual week-long event held in the south of Norway. This forum for political and societal debate provides an opportunity for politicians, business leaders and the media to gather for informal talks.

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