Norway invests in energy efficiency and renewables R&D

The Research Council of Norway has established eight national research centres to investigate renewable and energy efficiency technologies. Christian Michelsen Research will host two of these centres for environmental design of renewable energy (FME).

The Research Council of Norway has established eight national research centres to investigate renewable and energy efficiency technologies. Christian Michelsen Research will host two of these centres for environmental design of renewable energy (FME).

The eight Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (CEER) will each receive up to NOK 20 million (€2.3 million) over the next five years to pursue topics such as zero-energy housing; wind, solar and bioenergy generation; and carbon capture and storage.
(The intention is new fundings in another three year after these five.)

“These efforts will bring Norway into line with a widespread international trend that is being led by the USA and the EU, with active efforts being made in environmentally friendly technologies,” says Arvid Hallén, president of the Research Council.

Energy efficiency strategies for zero-emission buildings will be investigated by a research centre at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Wind generation will be the subject of individual efforts by two research centres based at SINTEF Energy Research and Christian Michelsen Research.

SINTEF Energy Research will host another research centred focused on other forms of renewable energy, while solar power will be pursued by a centre at the Institute for Energy Technology.

Carbon capture and storage efforts at SINTEF Energy Research and Christian Michelsen Research will add to Norway’s existing research base in the field.

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