Fredrik Ringnes has been appointed as managing director of Rainpower Small Hydro AS from 1 December 2010. The current MD, Søren Albers, is moving to a new position in SN Power.

Fredrik Ringnes leaves his post as regional sales director at alstom Norway AS. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University. He has also worked as head of AMT AS in Brødrene Johnsen group and as managing director of Sentech AS.

‘We are delighted that Fredrik is joining us,’ comments group CEO Svein Ole Strømmen. ‘He has wide sales experience and brings to the role a considerable international perspective. Søren Albers has done a good job building a solid and motivated company within small hydro, and Fredrik is an excellent successor who has the best qualifications for progressing the development of Rainpower Small Hydro together with a well trained and enthusiastic team.’

Rainpower has a workforce of around 300 in Kjeller, Sørumsand, Trondheim, Oslo and Hangzhou in China. The company, which is founded on the hydropower capabilities of Kværner and General Electric, supplies water turbines and all accessories for the production of clean electricity.