Renewable Energy Alumni: Laura Steinsbø Wiken
"Go to all the Energy Lab lunch meetings, seminars and use the resources available to you. Be interested and build a network."
Tell us a bit about your background?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Energy technology from HVL, and now I have a master’s degree in renewable energy from UIB with specialization in wind energy.
Why did you choose to study the master in energy at UiB/HVL? Moreover, why did you choose your specialization?
In the 8th grade I decided that I wanted to study renewable energy, so the choice was simple. I chose wind energy as my specialization because it interests me, and the school has a lot of professors that makes it even more interesting.
What was your master thesis about?
In my thesis I examined the possibility of using small wind turbines at Norwegian salmon farms. Approximately 50% of the farms are powered by diesel generators, and most of them are not run with an optimal efficiency. There is a great potential of energy optimization.
I made a model in MATLAB where I could analyze the potential of wind energy production along the Norwegian coast. I also looked at the economical perspective of using small wind turbines compared to diesel generators.
Which advice would you give to the current master students at UiB/HiB?
Go to all the Energy Lab lunch meetings, seminars and use the resources available to you. Be interested and build a network!
How do you think your master studies can be used in your future career?
I think this is a great foundation. I am in general better at critical thinking and to know how to acquire knowledge.
Could you tell us a bit about your current job?
I work as a project manager at Bygg og Ventilasjon AS (BOV), mainly with ventilation systems. I currently have two projects located in Bergen. I design ventilation systems and are responsible for implementation of the projects. I am also responsible for the financial follow-up of the projects.