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The eleven Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research


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.



The three new FME Samfunn centres


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.


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.


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.


Skrevet av:
Claude R Olsen Innleid cro@forskningsradet.no
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