RAINPOWER
Norwegian technology for clean energy 

Strong traditions in hydropower

Legacy of Kvaerner

Rainpower has more than 165 years of experience in the hydraulic energy supply business. Today, the company represents a broad hydropower competence as well as a state of the art technology.

The company started as part of the traditional industry milieu in Lodalen, Oslo. Norwegian hydropower competence was developed in Kvaerner Brug which was established in 1853 i Lodalen. Waterwheel in the Loelva river was the starting point to make use of water power. In 1873, Kvaerner Brug reached a milestone when the first turbine was delivered; with 230 horsepower, and a waterfall of 11 meter. In 1890, the first peltonturbine was delivered to a power station, followed by a francisturbine in 1898.

Kvaerner understood the market needs, realizeing the importance of high-head turbine - francis og pelton - and developed these to a level which was of interest to the international market. As a result, Norway has experienced a solid increase the export of turbines produced.

For several generations, the company was owned by Kvaerner, followed by a short periode of ownership by GE Energy. In 2007, the company was bought by the Norwegian company NLI. 2008 was Rainpowers first year of operations. In July 2008, Rainpower took over Hymatek AS. At the same time, Rainpower's governor business unit became part of the new company, Hymatek Controls AS.