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KONGSTEIN appoints Torgeir Nærø as New CEO

Norwegian technical advisory for Offshore Renewable Infrastructure projects, KONGSTEIN, has appointed Torgeir Nærø as their CEO. Nærø comes from the position as President and CEO of Vitek Group Nordic and has a long diverse experience in executive roles, management, and entrepreneurship. He is a marine engineer with a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Business Administration from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

 

“I am very delighted to take on my new role. KONGSTEIN plays an essential role in enabling the green shift in the energy industry. I am looking forward being part of that journey”, says Nærø.

 

Chairman of the Board of KONGSTEIN, Thorsten Schütt is pleased to welcome the new CEO of the company to take up his role from January 2nd, 2022.

 

“We are extremely pleased that Torgeir Nærø has accepted the position of CEO at KONGSTEIN. He has an extensive international leadership experience from the maritime and offshore industries and has proved his capability to building successful organizations and businesses. We are assured that he will lead the company towards further growth in accordance with our markets and strategy”, says Schütt.

 

Furthermore, KONGSTEIN has also made additional changes in the organizational structure and the Board of Directors aiming at strengthening the corporate profile and identity of the company. The Board members are Thorsten Schütt (Chairman of the Board), Peter Blauwhoff, Sabine Weth and Jacob Kjærgaard.

 

Thorsten Schütt

Schütt has long years in executive management, leadership, and board positions. He brings in high-level knowledge from maritime logistics to the board and the company. He is a business economist expert with a master’s in business administration from Indiana University.

Peter Blauwhoff

Blauwhoff is also a founding partner at KONGSTEIN. He brings in as well an extensive expertise in board management and leadership within the energy industry. He is a Chemical Engineer and University of Twente graduate.

Sabine Weth

Weth brings a depth of technical and leadership experience as a trained engineer and trusted executive across offshore wind operations. Currently holding the position of VP of Offshore Wind at Swire Energy Services, Weth is leading the companies M&A and diversification strategy into the offshore wind sector.

Jacob Kjærgaard

Kjærgaard brings a diverse and long expertise to KONGSTEIN. He held and still holds various positions in offshore wind and shipping industries, additionally to board positions, and is currently the Regional Director Europe & Africa, Energy & Projects at Blue Water Shipping. Kjærgaard holds an Executive MBA from BI Aalborg.

 

“We are thrilled to have founded a multinational and experienced board of directors at KONGSTEIN. The members will bring discussions and decisions that will put KONGSTEIN’s best interest and growth first. They have a diverse and qualified expertise and knowledge that will definitely add value to the company”, states Rune Tvedt, departing CEO and co-founder.

 

The new CEO alongside the board will strengthen KONGSTEIN’s presence in the core markets Norway and Germany, and lead the company towards further growth, supporting the clients in sustainably using their resources and enabling the green shift in the energy and maritime industries.

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Whitepaper – Production and transportation costs for green hydrogen from an offshore wind farm to an industrial end-user onshore

One of the biggest challenges of today’s society is to prevent the global warming. To achieve this target, 196 Nations including Germany, signed the Paris Agreement1 in 2015 to limit the global warming by 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Each country is responsible for the compliance and the establishment of individual carbon reduction strategies. For example, Germany aims to become climate neutral by the year of 2050. Therefore, Germany already plans to implement 20 GW of offshore wind capacity3 and 5 GW of hydrogen capacity until 2030.

Green hydrogen plays an important role in decarbonization of multiple sectors e.g. mobility, energy and industry. For industrial production sites, green hydrogen can reduce greenhouse gas emission significantly and make it traceable, e.g. by replacing the fossil fuels used in heat generation. On the other hand, the demand of centralized industrial production sites for the long-term, secured supply of hydrogen can be covered by large offshore wind farms (OWF). Consequently, green hydrogen and offshore wind power can be considered as key factors to assist Germany achieve the climate goals. The Windenergie-auf-See-Gesetz3 (Wind Energy at Sea Law) and the National Wasserstoffstrategie4 (National Hydrogen Strategy) paves the way for the alternative technologies in offshore energy converting and transportation.

Therefore, information regarding the cost of production and transportation of green hydrogen to the centralized industrial production sites is necessary. 

Click below for the full Whitepaper!

Whitepaper – Hydrogen Production and Transportation Costs.pdf

 
 
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Project Engineer R&D

Project Engineer R&D

The Role

As a Project Engineer R&D, your focus will be on creating value to KONGSTEIN´s organisation
by continuously improving and developing tools towards internal and external stakeholders.
Apart from interactions with the Clients you will be interfacing and cooperating with the
Business and Product Development team in Norway and Germany as well as with R&D Project
Managers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engineering and Project Management support for internal and external R&D projects
  • Supporting project lead and project manager to execute projects in time and on
    budget, inhouse and toward external stakeholders
  • Development and programming of tools for continuous improvement of processes
  • Review of technical documentation, status information and inspection reports
  • Elaboration, preparation and evaluation of technical tender documents
  • Quantitative and qualitative review as well as assessment of supplier proposals
  • Ensuring of performance, quality and cost efficiency according to quality and HSE
    requirements

The ideal candidate has/ is

  • University degree in Engineering, Programming or similar
  • Ideally has experience in software development
    • Experience or interest in Python programming or similiar , analysis tool development in excel, Google Firebase would be beneficial
  • Initial work experiences within the maritime & offshore renewables sector is a plus
  • Open minded, team-oriented, self-driven
  • Business fluent in English and German

We are looking forward to receiving you interest in this position and to start the dialogue with
you. We are open for full-time or part-time applicants to this position.

Place of work: Germany

Get in touch:

Please send your application, including a letter of motivation and CV to:
myapplication@kongstein.com // Reference: NOR-0053

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Working Student Offshore Renewables (M/F/D)

Working Student Offshore Renewables

The Role

We are looking for a student to work with us to strengthen our product portfolio. You will be
working together with KONGSTEIN´s Team of engineers and project managers. You support
them with daily activities while having smaller projects you will be responsible for. The
number of working hours per week can vary, but we estimate around 20 hours per week.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support with daily tasks to strengthen the product portfolio
  • Support preparation of client meetings, proposal writing and project execution tasks
  • Identify areas of improvement and initiate improvement measures
  • Maintain the relationship to different educational institutions
  • Support planning of client event

The Candidate

  • Self-motivated and self-driven
  • Experience or interest in Python programming or similiar , analysis tool development in excel, Google Firebase would be beneficial
  • Studying at a higher education level in an engineering degree
  • Knowledgeable in working with technical tools e.g. in Auto-Cad
  • Good command of the English language, both written and oral

We Offer

  • Flexible working hours and remote work opportunities
  • Insight into the maritime and offshore renewables industries
  • Future internships and possible employments
  • A team where everyone’s contribution makes the difference; and
  • Place of work in an entrepreneurial, fun work environment
  • Possibility to write Master theses

We are looking forward to receiving you interest in this position and to start the dialogue with
you. Place of work: Germany, Norway

Get in touch:

Please send your application, including a letter of motivation and CV to:
myapplication@kongstein.com // Reference: 0054

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OffsH2ore – A concept design study for offshore hydrogen production from offshore wind in island mode configuration

To achieve the climate goals and ensure the success of the energy transition in Germany, sector coupling will be essential. In this context, green hydrogen produced sustainably from renewable energies is expected to become a key pillar of the future energy system. Due to the limited availability of space as well as other challenges for the development of renewable energies on land, energy carriers such as hydrogen are being considered for import – for example from Australia or North Africa. However, hydrogen production at sea using offshore wind power with its high full-load hours offers the opportunity to cover the entire value chain at a national level. At the same time, the further growth of offshore wind capacity can be decoupled from grid expansion. Given the track record and pioneering work of the offshore wind industry in Germany, hydrogen production at sea expands the potential for promising, innovative projects in the future.

Within the project “OffsH2ore”, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), for the first time, the offshore production of hydrogen from offshore wind in an island mode configuration will be comprehensively investigated. Next to the technical and economic challenges with regards to the operating conditions at sea, the concept design study will specifically address relevant questions around storage, transport and logistics of hydrogen, operation and maintenance of the offshore facilities as well as regulatory aspects. In particular, the project aims to identify innovative technical solutions related to the implementation of an integrated maritime hydrogen supply chain. By focusing on storage and transport of hydrogen in pressurised form, the chosen technical approach clearly and deliberately sets itself apart from existing project ideas and concept studies for offshore hydrogen production. The outcome of the project will be a technically and economically optimized design of an integrated offshore hydrogen production facility and related maritime logistics concept. The concept should serve as a launching point for predevelopment of pilot and full-scale projects.

With the project coordinator PNE AG, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, SILICA Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, KONGSTEIN GmbH and Wystrach GmbH, the project “OffsH2ore” brings together an experienced and complementary consortium of industry partners and academia from across the value chain.

The basis for this pioneering project is an offshore wind farm which is directly connected to a 500MW electrolysis platform for the production of up to 40,000 tons of green hydrogen per year. KONGSTEIN, with its unique experience in logistics concept planning and transport & installation activities in complex offshore operations, will be responsible for the development of a hydrogen offshore logistics concept, including hydrogen loading arrangements, vessel design and transport concept from offshore site to shore.

For more information, please contact us at info@kongstein.com

About KONGSTEIN
Founded in 2016, KONGSTEIN provides best of class engineering and innovative consulting solutions to both the offshore renewables and the maritime industry. Our roots in Norway and Germany coupled with our decades of practical experience ensure our clients receive a solid approach to designing, operating and de-risking offshore projects.
www.kongstein.com

About PNE AG
PNE AG is a clean energy solutions provider for markets and industries regionally, nationally and internationally. Its core competencies are the project planning and operation of renewable energy projects. In addition, PNE AG is advancing the storage of renewable energies and power-to-x technology. In this way, it is consistently pursuing the goal of a secure, sustainable and profitable energy supply which is fed 100 percent from renewable energies. Around 400 employees work under the umbrella of the PNE Group in 13 countries on four continents. The headquarters of PNE AG are located in Cuxhaven.
www.pne-ag.com/en/

About Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
With a staff of close to 1300, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. Fraunhofer ISE is committed to promoting sustainable, economic, safe and socially just energy supply systems based on renewable energies. Its research provides the technological foundations for supplying energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialized, threshold and developing countries throughout the world. Focusing on energy efficiency, energy conversion, energy distribution and energy storage, the Institute develops materials, components, systems and processes in five business areas. One particular feature of Fraunhofer ISE is its excellent technical infrastructure, which is organized into eight laboratory centers and four technology evaluation centers providing testing and experimental services on a production scale. In addition, the Institute has several accredited testing facilities. The Institute is a member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization.
www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en

About SILICA Verfahrenstechnik GmbH
For more than 90 years, Silica Verfahrenstechnik GmbH has been designing and manufacturing process plants for the purification, drying and liquefaction of gases at its site in Berlin. The topic of hydrogen compression and purification has occupied the company since the delivery of the first hydrogen plant in 1941. Since that time, we built a vast number of Hydrogen units and Silica plants became a part of technological development in this field. Besides of the high-quality level and reliability of the plants Silica contributes decades of experiences in the integration of process packages into a complex overall system in compliance with current engineering standards and regulations. More recently, Silica has been involved in engineering and manufacturing of various projects for the production and further processing of “green” hydrogen.
www.silica.berlin/en/

About Wystrach GmbH
Wystrach GmbH is a full-service provider in the field of high-pressure solutions for stationary and mobile storage systems for hydrogen and other gases. The product range includes stationary bundles; containers of all sizes; tank systems for trains, buses, and trucks; and storage solutions, e.g. for power-to-gas applications as well as Plug&Play hydrogen refuelling stations. The company has 200 employees and more than 30 years of experience in this field; more than 140,000 compressed gas bundles and over 450 transport systems are on the market worldwide.
www.wystrach.gmbh/en

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Report on green offshore hydrogen in the North Sea: KONGSTEIN supports with hydrogen expertise

Under the project lead of Greenstat AS, KONGSTEIN´s engineers contributed to a joint reportOptimal utnyttelse av energi fra havvind i Sørlige Nordsjø II: Offshore H2-produksjon og kabel til land” with technical note on offshore hydrogen and ammonia transportation.

The report aimed to explore the optimal use of energy from offshore wind power in the Sørlige Nordsjø II area. Sørlige Nordsjø II and Utsira Nord are the two areas in the North Sea that were in 2020 opened by the Norwegian government for offshore energy production, including offshore wind power. Together, the areas allow for capacity of 4 500 MW of wind power. The characteristics of Sørlige Nordsjø II area make it possible to combine offshore wind energy production with hydrogen production.

KONGSTEIN provided a comprehensive examination of hydrogen derivates assessing their advantages and disadvantages in light of offshore production. Further, KONGSTEIN’s contribution to the main report focused on transportation vessel characteristics, loading and unloading arrangements, offshore bunkering and risks assessment.

You can find more information about the project and read the report here:
https://greenstat.no/hvaskjer/rapport-om-optimal-utnyttelse-av-energi-fra-havvind-offshore-h2-produksjon-og-kabel-til-land (in Norwegian).

 

 

Photo from Greenstat.no

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