Another year is coming towards its
end, but before we start the New Year quite a few of us will celebrate
Christmas - and almost all of us will celebrate the end of one year and the
start of the New Year 2015.
The people that are working with the CraftEngine
every day all have reasons for celebrating - and we take every opportunity to
do so. During 2014, the CraftEngine proved to become a great technical success,
and we have high expectations that we will be able to translate this into an
even greater commercial success in 2015!
Together with AVL List GmbH, we have
developed the first tailor-made piston-based ORC expander in the world, and
itís unique in so many ways. First of all, itís extremely flexible in terms of
variations in temperature and flow. Secondly, it will last for 10 years at full
24/7 operation. But most importantly, itís becoming more and more cost
competitive due to our efforts in clever engineering, aggressive cost measures
and large volumes. With our New Yearís gift to the world, the 40 kWe PowerPack,
we believe we will reach the Ä1500 mark per installed kWe. This may again bring
the price down to as little as Ä0.03 per kWh produced.
The PowerPack is however just the
beginning. Together with AVL, we have firmly established the Technology
Platform from which we can develop larger engines that can bring us down to
cost levels below Ä500 per installed kW - or less than Ä0.01/kWh. The technology
is established, tested and proven, and itís patent protected with a
comprehensive set of patents. Any further development into larger engines is consequently
standard automotive engineering, an exercise which AVL have done hundreds of
In 2015, we will be entering the commercial
world with our CraftEngine. We have already received orders for units that will
be delivered next year, and more sales are in the pipeline. We are aiming to place
an order for at least 250 PowerPacks for delivery in 2015/2016, a number that
can easily be increased to more than twice as many if necessary. With one PowerPack
giving around 40 kW net to the grid, 250 PowerPacks means an installed capacity
of 10 MW. In addition we will deliver single 10 kW units all over the world.
As the Founder and Chairman of Viking
Heat Engines AS, I want first of all to express my gratitude and thanks not
only to our personnel under the Viking Heat Engine banner in Norway but also to
Germany and our partner AVL Schrick GmbH - who deserves a great round of applause!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our precious testing partners
around the world, including all the marvellous people within those companies.
You have all shown us a great deal of faith in taking on our CraftEngine for
internal testing and thereby enabling us to enter the commercial world of
renewable energy with the knowledge that we have the best product available on
My sincere wishes for a MERRY
CHRISTMAS and a GREAT 2015!