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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:


Norwegian CCS Research Centre - NCCS

Hosting institution: SINTEF Energi AS
Leader: Mona Jacobsen Mølnvik
Research-partners: SINTEF Petroleum AS, Norges geotekniske institutt, NTNU, UiO, Universitetssenteret på Svalbard, SINTEF materialer og kjemi, SINTEF teknologi og samfunn, + international partners.
User-partners: ca. 25 private and public partners 


Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower Technology - HydroCen

Hosting institution:       NTNU

Leader:                       Hege Brende


SINTEF Energi AS, NINA, SINTEF Byggforsk, SINTEF Teknologi og samfunn, Høgskolen i Sørøst-Norge, UNI research,  + international partners.

User-partners:             > 35 private and public partners.


Norwegian Centre for Sustainable Bio-based Fuel and Energy – Bio4Fuels          
Hosting intitution:        Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (NMBU)

Leader:                       Duncan Akporiaye


Papir- og fiberinstituttet, Stiftelsen SINTEF, NTNU, NIBIO, SINTEF Energi AS, IFE, Høgskolen i Sørøst Norge (HSN), + international partners.

User-partners:             ca 40 private and public partners.


Centre for intelligent electricity distribution - CINELDI
Hosting institution:      SINTEF Energi AS

Leader:                       Gerd Kjølle


NTNU, SINTEF IKT, Høgskolen i Gjøvik, Smart Innovation Østfold, + international partners.

User-partners:             ca 25 private and public partners.


Centre for an Energy Efficient and Competitive Industry for the Future - HighEFF
Hosting institution:      SINTEF Energi

Leader:                       Anne Karin T. Hemmingsen


NTNU, NTNU Samfunnsforskning, SINTEF Fiskeri og havbruk, Tel-Tek, Universitetet i Nordland, + international partners.

User-partners:             ca 35 private partners            


Research Centre for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology
Hosting institution:      Institutt for energiteknikk, IFE

Leader:                       Erik Marstein


NTNU, Stiftelsen SINTEF, UiO, NMBU, Universitetet i Agder,  + international partners.

User-partners:             ca. 15 private and public partners.


Mobility Zero Emission Energy Systems - MoZEES
Hosting institution:       IFE

Leader:                       Øystein Ulleberg


Stiftelsen SINTEF, NTNU, UiO, Transportøkonomisk institutt, Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt, Høgskolen i Sørøst Norge (HSN)

User-partners:             ca 35 private and public partners.


The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities – ZEN Centre
Hosting institution:       NTNU

Leader:                       Professor Arild Gustavsen


Stiftelsen SINTEF, SINTEF Energi AS,  + international partners.

User-partners:             ca 30 private and public partners.


Centres started in 2011:


Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES)

CenSES research objective is to conduct research that supports public and private decision makers in strategic decisions and policies that will promote environment-friendly energy technologies and lead to a sustainable energy system. The research in five integrated areas will result in new policy recommendations, tools and models, strategies and scenarios

Hosting institution: NTNU
Forskningspartnere: IFE, HSF/VF, NHH, NTNU, SINTEF, SNF, UiO
Leader: Asgeir Tomasgard, NTNU, Phone: +47 93 05 87 71

Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP)

CICEP will help identify and design realistic international policy options and strategies that can effectively drive the transition towards a low-carbon energy future. Second, the centre will help determine the consequences of plausible policy options and trajectories for global and European energy and energy technology markets, for major Norwegian industries, and for government strategies.

Hosting institution: CICERO
Researh-partners: UiO, FNI
Leader: Arild Underdal, Universitetet i Oslo, Phone: +47 22 85 52 41

Oslo Center for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy (CREE)
CREE will collect and develop knowledge on the effects of framework conditions in the energy market and on technological development, including innovation and the diffusion of technology for renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage.
The centre provides a basis for better framework conditions and policy instruments designed to reach the energy and climate goals established nationally and internationally.
CREE will also strive to develop the methodological framework required to reach these goals.

Hosting institution: Frisch-senteret
Researh-partners: UiO, SSB, others: IFE, Sintef Energiforskning, MILEN
Leader: Snorre Kverndokk, Frisch-senteret, Phone: +47 22 95 88 11

The first centres: 2009-2017


BIGCCS Centre – International CCS Research Centre

The centre will develop knowledge, methods and solutions for safe, efficient and inexpensive CO2 management at natural gas- and coal-fired power plants and for other types of industry. The BIGCCS Centre will also help to determine the extent of Norway’s offshore storage capacity for CO2.

Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN)

The centre will further develop hydropower, adapting it to the more flexible energy systems of the future and to function in concert with other renewable energy sources. CEDREN will also be involved in environmental design of other renewable forms of energy which, like the design of hydropower, must take into consideration local environmental impacts.

Bioenergy Innovation Centre (CenBio)

The centre will help Norway to double its use of bioenergy based on domestic raw materials by 2020. CenBio researchers will develop effective, environmentally sound ways of improving forest harvesting, utilising more waste for energy purposes, producing biofuels of adequate quality, and raising efficiency. Essential to this end will be educating and training the next generation of bioenergy researchers and industry players.

Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE)

NORCOWE will be a competence and resource centre for developing wind power generation at sea. The centre will build on existing knowledge from Norway’s offshore technology and Danish expertise in wind power.

Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology (NOWITECH)

The centre will combine knowledge about wind power with experience in offshore activities to promote the development of wind farms at sea. The goal is to produce new knowledge, methods and technology to form a basis for industrial development of offshore wind farms. The centre will utilise indoor laboratories such as those at Marintek in Trondheim, as well as conduct full-scale field trials such as those connected with the HyWind project off the island of Karmøy.

The Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell Technology

The centre will assemble a national team for solar cell research in Norway to tackle major research challenges. All of Norway’s leading research groups and industrial partners in solar cell technology will participate. The centre will provide the Norwegian solar cell industry with ready access to one of the world’s foremost research communities.

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

The centre will contribute to finding sound, reliable ways of storing CO2 by examining various methods of storing CO2 and how CO2 behaves when sequestered underground. The centre will also identify the best methods of injecting CO2 and monitoring that the CO2 remains underground once it is stored there.

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB)

The centre will develop buildings that emit no greenhouse gases, by studying the entire life-cycle of the building, from its components and materials to its operation. The centre will be involved in a broad range of activities from materials research to research on the building as a whole and its systems, and will develop new materials and components where existing ones are inadequate.


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