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About the sentres

The scheme of the Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) seeks to develop expertise and promote innovation through focus on long-term research in selected areas of environment-friendly energy. There are today 11 centres within renewable energy, energy efficiency, social sciences and CO2-management. The research activity is carried out in close cooperation between prominent research communities and users.

The main objective of the Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) scheme is to establish time-limited research centres which conduct concentrated, focused and long-term research of high international calibre in order to solve specific challenges in the energy sector. The FME-scheme will:

  • Encourage enterprises to innovate by placing stronger emphasis on long-term research and by making it attractive for enterprises that work on the international arena to establish R&D activities in Norway.
  • Facilitate active alliances between innovative enterprises and prominent research groups.
  • Promote the development of research groups that are on the cutting edge of international research and are part of strong international networks.
  • Stimulate researcher training in fields of importance to the user partners and encourage the transfer of research-based knowledge and technology.

Host institution and partners
The host institution for a centre can be a university, a university college or a research institute. The host institution should have a strong reputation within the disciplines or areas the centre addresses. The host institution's administration must make a declaration of intent stating that it will undertake the obligations entailed by hosting, and explain how the FME’s research will fit into the host institution's research strategy.

The partners (enterprises, public organisations and other research institutions) must contribute to the centre in the form of funding, facilities, competence and their own efforts throughout the life cycle of the centre. User partners must point out the commercial potential they envisage resulting from the centre's activities.

The total budget allocation from the Research Council for the 11 centres of FME-scheme will amount to about 1200 MNOK over the life span of eight years. Each centre will receive an allocation from the Research Council of between 8 and 20 MNOK per year and the host institution and partners must contribute with a at least.


New centres from 2016/2017:


Carbon capture and storage

Norwegian CCS Research Centre - NCCS
NCCS home page:

Hydropower technology

Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower Technology - HydroCen
HydroCen home page:


Norwegian Centre for Sustainable Bio-based Fuel and Energy – Bio4Fuels 
Bio4Fuels home page:

Energy systems

Centre for intelligent electricity distribution - CINELDI
CINELDIs home page:

Industrial Energy efficiency

Centre for an Energy Efficient and Competitive Industry for the Future - HighEFF
HighEFFs home page:

Solar Cell technology

Research Centre for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology
SuSolTechs home page:

Zero Emission Transport

Mobility Zero Emission Energy Systems - MoZEES
MoZEES home page:

Zero Emission Neighbourhoods

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities – ZEN Centre
ZEN home page:

Centres started in 2011:

Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES)
CenSES home page:

Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP)
CICEP home page :

Oslo Center for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy (CREE)
CREE home page:


The first centres: 2009-2017


BIGCCS Centre – International CCS Research Centre

Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN)

Bioenergy Innovation Centre (CenBio)

Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE)

Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology (NOWITECH)

The Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell Technology

SUbsurface CO2 Storage – Critical Elements and Superior Strategy (SUCCESS)

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB)

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