FROM THE DIRECTORS' CHAIRS
Unni Steinsmo, SINTEF's president – CEO
Torbjørn Digernes, NTNUs rector
Norway´s renewable energy investment
The Research Council of Norway has named eight national research centres for environmentally friendly technology. Each centre will receive up to NOK 20 million a year for five years.
The eight research centres will focus on topics ranging from wind, solar and bioenergy to CO2 capture and storage and zero emission buildings. Research groups at SINTEF/NTNU are either running the centres or participating in six of them.
The development of technology in this field will be one of Norway’s most important contributions to prevent or slow down climate change.
“Norway can contribute to making cuts in global emissions that will be several times as large as those we can make here at home”
We believe that the new centres will be an extremely important facet of Norway’s international efforts in the field of climate technology. The research centres in Trondheim are already collaborating extensively with industry and leading research groups in Europe, the USA, China and Japan on climate technology. Now, we will build on these contacts and develop both technology and an awareness of what is needed to produce an energy revolution.
Together with our partners, we will contribute actively to ensuring that both Norway and the global community will benefit as much as possible from our efforts. As a supplier of knowledge and technology on an international level, Norway can contribute to making cuts in global emissions that will be several times as large as those we can make here at home.
This goal is to be achieved by means of three main strategies:
– A major increase in electricity generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar power and biomass
– Capturing CO2 emissions from fossil sources of energy such as coal,
oil and gas
– More efficient end-use of energy.
Published April, 2009