About us

We seek to be a preferred partner for energy producers for HPC & Blockchain value added solutions.

The Earth Wind & Power team has a track record of building multibillion enterprises, with several major success stories within oil & gas and pioneering wind and solar power projects.

We have some of the most experienced professionals in the business of energy, HPC & Blockchain, finance, governance and security on our team with backgrounds from:

  • Governmental positions on national Minister level
  • ESG and national/international climate policies reporting and monitoring
  • HPC datacenter design, contracting and operations
  • Blockchain for Supply Chain Management
  • Management of global oil and gas companies
  • Execution and technical management of big engineering projects
  • Operations in all types of environments, including remote areas.
  • Building alliances around the world and utilizing opportunities for replicating 

Our mission

Our mission is to turn excess energy into commercial and social value, by utilizing the opportunities from the exponentially growing computing power demand, driven by new emerging technologies.

What makes Earth Wind & Power unique

Moving HPC activities in proximity to electricity production plants will avoid costs for use of power-grids and give Earth Wind & Power a unique opportunity to deliver green High Performance Computing services at a competitive price.

We offer true ESG solutions for the oil and gas, the wind and solar industry, and for HPC and Blockchain computing customers:

  • We offer energy producers a market for their excess energy.
  • We contribute to better energy utilization.
  • We provide electricity demand outside the grid, not straining the existing infrastructure.
  • We offer access to HPC and blockchain data needs.
  • We increase homeland security by facilitating domestic data center and HPC capabilities.
  • We contribute to risk reductions and value enhancements in renewable development projects.

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Meet Our Team

The Board

Board

Olav Skalmeraas
Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder

30 years of experience in the oil & gas and aluminum industries, mainly commercial negotiations, sales & trading activities, business development, M&A, and mining and refinery operations from Equinor, Hydro and Saga Petroleum. MSc in Marine Engineering and postgraduate studies in economics.

Tobias Hobbach
Board Member

15+ years of experience as Chief Financial Officer, Manufacturing Excecutive and Renewable Energy Entrepreneur. Founder and Managing Director of Sustain Power and Sustain Solar in South Africa. The journey as energy entrepreneur in Africa has taken him across numerous countries applying various technologies including biogas, waste to energy, solar PV and battery storage.

Lars Helge Helvig
Board Member

Lars Helge Helvig is Founder and Chairman of Norsk Vind Energi (est. 1996) and Valinor (est. 1997). He founded Valinor as holding company for Norsk Vind Enegi, and under his leadership Norsk Vind Energi has grown into Norway`s largest private wind power developer. He serves as Chairman of the board in the renewable energy companies Norsk Vind Energi and Norsk Solar. He also serves on the board of infrastructure companies like Zaptec, CealTech and Halodi Robotics. In addition, he serves on the board of the technology innovation cluster Norwegian Energy Solutions (NES).

Gerhard Ludvigsen
Director, Board Member & Co-Founder

Founded Hemla Energy AS (with AGR as co-founder with focus on oil and gas development. Co-founded D&H Solution AS with DSME of S Korea with mission on gas and LNG development with major IOC´s in Middle East / Africa. Established PetroNor E&P, listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, with Petromal, subsidiary off National Holding og Abu Dhabi that holds oil production in West Africa with focus on IOR development. Have been director and major shareholder of FileFlow, developed by Fast Search & Transfer and have held several board positions in start-up companies and advisor for major security house in Norway. Board member of a charity foundation, Power to Educate supporting education in emerging countries.

Svein Sollund
Board Member & Co-Founder

25+ years of experience in financials and the oil & gas industry. CEO of global energy services & software company AGR. Experience from Private Equity backed global businesses. Proven track record of turn-around and growth in oil & gas, insurance and software. MSc in Finance from NHH and CEMS Master.

Management Group

Management Group

Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Former Minister of National Public Security with overall responsibility for the Directorate for Public Safety and Emergency Planning, the Civil Protection Act and cyber security. She was also Minister of Svalbard and the Norwegian polar regions. Prior to this position, she served as Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy. In her portfolio she had exploration policy, development and operations, and exploration activity. She was also responsible following the Ministry's contact with other petroleum producing countries, in addition to the government's national climate policy and international environmental issues. She has held several managerial positions in both public and private sectors. In her early days, she worked as a professional climber and instructor for the Norwegian Military Academy, educating officers of the Norwegian Army within leadership, rescue techniques, and safety.

Gerhard Ludvigsen
Head of Business Development

Founded Hemla Energy AS (with AGR as co-founder with focus on oil and gas development. Co-founded D&H Solution AS with DSME of S Korea with mission on gas and LNG development with major IOC´s in Middle East / Africa. Established PetroNor E&P, listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, with Petromal, subsidiary off National Holding og Abu Dhabi that holds oil production in West Africa with focus on IOR development Have been director and major shareholder of FileFlow, developed by Fast Search & Transfer and have held several board positions in start-up companies and advisor for major security house in Norway. Board member of a charity foundation, Power to Educate supporting education in emerging countries.

Marie Andrea Stenfeldt
COO of HPC, Vice President Business Development

Experienced Project Manager with International track record of >150MW of HPC datacenter design, contracting and operations from Norway, Russia, Germany and Uzbekistan. Project Managed several Blockchain and cryptocurrency related initiatives such as Blockchain for Supply Chain Management, crypto payment consultancy, BTM operations and blockchain startup incubation. Prior to her involvement in the Blockchain and Crypto industry she was working internationally in the shipping industry and served amongst others as a CEO and Board member at Maersk in Israel, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Kai Michaelsen
Chief Finance Officer

Kai has been working 24 years as manager and partner for KPMG in Hamburg, New York, Oslo and Stavanger primarily for clients from the Oil & Gas service and manufacturing industry before joining Norsk Vind AS as CFO in 2016. The main responsibilities of Kai are to ensure compliance with accounting, taxation and corporation regulations in addition to budgeting, cash management and reporting to board, shareholders, and international investors. Kai is holding master degrees in Business administration (University, Hamburg) and in Accounting & Auditing (Handelshøyskolen BI, Oslo). Furthermore, he is qualified as State Authorized Accountant (Norway) and Certified Public Accounting (US). He is native German and has been living in Norway since 1999..

Schjødt Law Firm
Legal

Schjødt has a market leading Private Equity and Venture Capital group in Norway. No other Norwegian law firm has advised on more Private Equity and Venture Capital transactions in the Norwegian market over the last years (source: MergerMarket). We assist private equity and venture capital houses in making investments locally, and globally in cross-border transactions.

Resource team HPC and Blockchain:

HPC and Blockchain

Marie Andrea Stenfeldt
COO of HPC & VP Business Development

Experienced Project Manager with International track record of >150MW of HPC datacenter design, contracting and operations from Norway, Russia, Germany and Uzbekistan. Project Managed several Blockchain and cryptocurrency related initiatives such as Blockchain for Supply Chain Management, crypto payment consultancy, BTM operations and blockchain startup incubation. Prior to her involvement in the Blockchain and Crypto industry she was working internationally in the shipping industry and served amongst others as a CEO and Board member at Maersk in Israel, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Kjetil Hove Pettersen

Kjetil has 15+ years of experience with IT and datacenter management. He is the founder of KV Group, one of the largest datacenter providers and operators in Norway. He is also the founder of Colonor, a growing HPC Co-Location data center provider in Norway.

Renaldas Galdikas

Renaldas has 15 + years‘ experience with project portfolio management and is a Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP). He has project managed design and construction of a large number of data centres in the Baltics and Norway. Renaldas has a profound knowledge of building of tailormade data centre electrical solutions, using various types of equipment. The results have been achieved, giving maximum reliability and effectiveness of the data centres.

Egle Melinske

Egle is an experienced CFO, who has been managing finances for high-growth companies with international business footprint for the past 5 years. She has worked in Norway, the UK and Lithuania. She also has a combined 7 years of experience in financial research and investment fund. As an analyst and the head of sector research, she has been ranked 1st on Bloomberg and 5-star by Thomson Reuters for her investment recommendations and profit estimates accuracy. Egle is a Bachelor in Mathematics, Master in Economics and has a post-graduate LEAD certificate from Stanford University GSB.

Power from Flare Gas

Kristian Utkilen
Chief Technical Officer Power from Flare Gas

Kristian has over 25 years of experience from the offshore oil and gas and LNG industry and prior to establishing Aragon, he possessed various leading roles in Umoe, ABB and Vetco Aibel as department manager, operations manager and technical manager. He is educated in leadership through AFF Solstrandprogrammet within Global Management Perspective, Influence, Power, Authority and Efficient Management of Teams and Relational Competence. He also holds a MSc in Mechanical and Process Engineering NTH 1992 and is holder of several patents.

Resource team Power from Flare Gas

Claus Frimann-Dahl

30 years’ E&P experience (technical & management)
Operator experience incl. Phillips Petroleum, Norsk Hydro & Hess
Co-founder of Ener Petroleum, subsequently acquired by Dana/KNOC
BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and
an MSc from The Institute of Technology in Trondheim

Inge Lund Nilsen

Inge Lund Nilsen has more than 20 years of experience with process and mechanical engineering, multi-discipline projects and technology development. Involved in studies, engineering and EPC projects covering FPSOs, LNG and gas processing plants/facilities worldwide. Key technical qualifications include design and engineering of natural gas liquefaction systems, general upstream oil and gas processing technologies.

Bernt Harald Kalgraff

Bernt Harald Kalgraff has 20 years of experience from LNG and offshore oil and gas projects and a comprehensive experience ranging from pilot testing and experimental work from R&D development, process and concept studies, process simulations, commissioning activities, training courses to lead process engineer and project manager roles. He holds a M.Sc., Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Dep. of Chemical Engineering (1997 – 2002).

Knut Søvold

30 years’ E&P experience (executive and technical) and focused on FSU, Africa and ME since 2000, including Nigeria and Angola. Operational management experience on Snorre Field Mgt buy-out of PGS Reservoir in 2005 and merger into AGR in 2006. Co-Founder of Hemla in 2009 and Pangea LNG in 2012 MSc in Petroleum from The Institute of Technology in Trondheim.

Inga Bettina Waldmann

Ms Inga Bettina Waldmann has been actively involved in developing various gas treatment, gas handling and LNG, projects for clients globally. She previously served as Proposal Engineer focusing on process topside design and application engineering for gas processing systems for the oil& gas and LNG industry.

Resource team Wind

Magnus Grinde
Chief Technical Officer Wind

Magnus Grinde has 10 years with various multidisciplinary experience within wind projects. Through his involvement in numerous projects in different phases, Magnus has gained considerable knowledge and expertise within this industry ranging from greenfield development to late stage development, bringing projects to financial close (including e.g. licensing, Balance of Plant design, procurement, etc.). Combined with a solution-oriented and structured approach in his work, this background enables him to early identify and manage potential risks and to find optimal solutions. These are experiences making Magnus a perfect match also for project management throughout the construction phase of the projects.

John Amund Lund

In more than 12 years John Amund Lund has been working with wind resource assessments for more than 100 different projects ranging from green field screening to mature projects and Due Diligence work. This has made him familiar with different types of terrain and different types of wind resources around the world. His wind & site experience combined with the focus of securing a low impact site layout has made John a valuable resource in bringing an optimized turbine configuration and -layout to each specific, this being one of the most important elements of securing a low cost of energy.

Kjetil Andersen

With more than 20 years involvement in high voltage projects, Kjetil has the last 10 years primarily been working with connecting power producing projects and especially wind projects to the grid. Combining the understanding of the power performance of the wind turbines with need for stability in the grid is essential. Cost optimized design of underground cables, overhead lines, transformers and switchgears is a significant part of a wind project’s success and Kjetil’s vaste experience is a guarantee for a stable grid connection in compliance with the grid operator’s requirement.

Jan Volmut

Jan has more than 15 years of experience from site management and follow up of installation of wind turbines around the world primarily in a position as owners engineer. Jan is very much a doer that wants to be close to the project and the ongoing activities. His technical knowledge about wind turbines and related interfaces combined with a personality that invites involved parties to feel comfortable and work for the same goal makes Jan a perfect match for running a site in the end resulting in a project within time, quality and cost.

Resource team Solar

Tobias Hobbach
Chief Technical Officer Solar

With a burning passion for the clean energy transformation and equipped with 15 years of professional experience as Chief Financial Officer, Manufacturing Excecutive and Renewable Energy Entrepreneur, Tobias dedicates his energy to one of the big challenges in the developing world: the lack of safe, affordable and reliable access to clean power for everyone. Tobias founded his first renewable energy start-up in South Africa five years ago and represents Norway’s Valinor Group on the African continent as the Managing Director of Valinor Africa. The journey as energy entrepreneur in Africa has taken him across numerous countries applying various technologies including biogas, waste to energy, solar PV and battery storage. It has also taught him that a positive mindset, solid skill-set, a great team and perseverance get problems solved and lives changed.

Gracia Munganga

During the last 10 years, Gracia has honed her expertise and sharpened her profile as one of Africa’s outstanding female energy professionals. Grown up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, trained with a Masters in Chemical Engineering from UCT and with work experience in energy and waste policy, application engineering, renewable energy start-ups and as an energy transition consultant with focus on energy access, Gracia today heads SustainSolar’s Operations and ensures projects are designed, built and delivered anywhere on the African continent to specification, at cost and on time.

John Fadiran

Designing solar photovoltaic and storage systems for over 5 years, John oversees system sizing, component configuration, plant commissioning and technical service. John was born in Nigeria and has been living most of his life in Swaziland and South Africa where he obtained his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Cape Town where he is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate. The correct system design for the job is particularly relevant in an off-grid environment. As Senior Project Engineer at SustainSolar John has delivered and/or commissioned over a dozen challenging off-grid solar and battery systems in the most rural locations across the African continent including South Sudan, Malawi, Uganda and DR Congo.

Ames Martin

Prior to working with solar photovoltaic and storage systems, Ames was Regional Business Development Manager of Sub-Saharan Africa at one of the world’s largest oil and gas service companies. Ames has over 12 years of extensive experience in managing projects, involving the maintenance and delivery of large equipment packages, throughout the developing world and qualifications in Diesel and Industrial Technology and Project Management.

Security and Network Communication

Martin Mathisen
Chief Security and Network Communication

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