On Wednesday the 4th of February the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis-Johansen awarded the NORCOWE initiative status as a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (CEER).
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. The eight Centres will each receive up to NOK 20 million (€2.3 million) over the next eight years to pursue topics such as zero-energy housing; wind, solar and bioenergy generation; and carbon capture and storage.
“These efforts will bring Norway into line with a widespread international trend where the USA and EU have taken a lead, with active efforts being made in environmentally friendly technologies,” says Arvid Hallén, president of the Research Council of Norway.
The new NORCOWE centre is a cooperation between Christian Michelsen Research (CMR), University of Bergen, Unifob, University of Stavanger, University of Agder and University of Aalborg, with CMR as the host institution.
In parallell with the NORCOWE centre, research on wind energy will be the subject of another research centre (NOWITECH) based at SINTEF Energy Research.
Other centres are:
Energy efficiency strategies for zero-emission buildings will be investigated by a research centre at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
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 SUCCESS (hosted by CMR) will add to Norway’s existing research base in the field.
Pressrelease from CMR
see the Research Council of Norway for more details .....(in norwegian)