SFFE news

June 16-18 2014 – Renewable Energy Research Conference 2014

The Centre for Renewable Energy (SFFE) is proud to announce  that the 3rd Renewable Energy Research Conference  will be held in Oslo, Norway, June 16-18 2014 at the University of Oslo main campus, Blindern. The goal of RERC is to bring together renewable energy research within technology, social sciences and economics. Top international scientists will […]

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(Norwegian) Finn en løsning for fremtiden – vinn 50 000 kr!

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Candidates for Bioenergy Innovation Awards 2014

Request for nominations for the Bioenergy Innovation Award. The price will be awarded on March 27th 2014 under the “CenBiodagene” in Lillestrøm. Bioenergy Innovation Award (BIA) is a national prize for innovation in stationary bioenergy that will stimulate and reward knowledge-based innovation and / or entrepreneurship. The award will help identify projects with commercial potential. See call […]

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In Trøndelag and interested in solar power?

Do you live in Trøndelag and are interested in solar power? It is appropriate to start a local chapter of the Norwegian solar association in Trondheim / Trøndelag. The 26th February you are invited to an information meeting to explore interest in this as well as to discuss the activities and ideas. Both members and others […]

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(Norwegian) Åpning av UiO Energi

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Position available

Would you like to work for the Centre for Renewable Energy? We are seeking a new coordinator from fall 2013, and perhaps you are the one we’re looking for. Read the full job advertisement and submit your application via Jobbnorge. Application deadline is August 11th 2013..

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Gone with the wind – Wind power excursion to Smøla

In early June, the Department of Electric Power Engineering at NTNU organized an excursion to Smøla in connection with a group of students from the University of Minnesota visiting NTNU, and the Centre for Renewable Energy had the good fortune to be invited to participate. We stayed at the idyllic Veiholmen, and in addition to […]

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(Norwegian) Fokus på solenergi

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NorRen Summer School 2013 – Registration open

The Norwegian Research School in Renewable Energy (NorRen) unites the PhD education within renewable energy at nearly all the universities in Norway; NTNU, UiB, UiO, UMB and UiT. In addition, the research institutions SINTEF and Institute of Energy Technology are associated partners within NorRen. NorRen aims to bring together PhD candidates within renewable energy and […]

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Award for energy recovery from contaminated wood materials

”Bioenergy Innovation Award” is awarded by the Norwegian research centre ”CenBio – Bioenergy Innovation Centre”. CenBio is one out of eleven national research centres for environment-friendly energy appointed by the Norwegian Research Council. The jury consisted of representatives from the Norwegian Research Council, the Norwegian Bioenergy association, Innovation Norway, Enova, SINTEF and the Norwegian University […]

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Energy campus in Trondheim?

SINTEF is spearheading an effort to establish a research-intensive cluster for energy, with international dimensions. Alongside NTNU and R&D affiliated companies, SINTEF envisages an energy village located in the Lerkendal/Sorgenfri area in Trondheim. The bus parking lot will soon relocate from Sorgenfri, which opens up new possibilities for use of the area. The municipality of […]

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World’s first offshore wind turbine with open access for research

The partners in the NOWERI (Norwegian Offshore Wind Energy Research Infrastructure) project are now starting the detailed planning of two unique research facilities off the Norwegian coast: A meteorological observation platform and an offshore wind turbine. Both installations will be mounted on floaters and the wind turbine will serve as an open access platform for […]

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Additional building costs for passive houses may be lower than expected

A new report suggests that the additional building costs accompanying the transition from current energy standards for buildings to more energy efficient passive houses may be lower than previously assumed. The research report “Kostnadsoptimalitet. Energiregler i TEK”, written by Multiconsult and SINTEF Building and Infrastructure and commissioned by the Direktoratet for byggkvalitet (DiBK), provides a […]

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(Norwegian) Bioenergy Innovation Award 2013: Kandidater søkes

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UngEnergi.no: By young people, for young people

UngEnergi (YoungEnergy) is a project aimed at improving high school students’ understanding of topics within renewable and environment-friendly energy. The project is managed by CenSES, SFFE, Sør-Trøndelag County Authority and a number of additional collaborators. UngEnergi has now launched ungenergi.no: A web resource on renewable energy written by young people, for young people. All contents, […]

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Semiconductors on graphene might lead to new possibilities in solar cell technology development

Semiconductors are substances that in their pure form have low electrical conductivity, but that will pass current if they are heated, an adequately strong external voltage is applied, or the material is doped with even small amounts of another element. The most common semiconductor material is silicon, which is the basis for a wide range […]

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NorRen Summer School 2012

The first summer school organized by the Norwegian Research School in Renewable Energy (NorRen) Summer School took place the second week of August 2012! The summer school is aimed at PhD students and young researchers in Norway that are working with renewable energy and are eager to see their own research placed in a cross-disciplinary […]

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Recycling of rare earth metals for renewables

Several rare earth metals (REMs) are important for the technology behind environment-friendly energy, but are predicted to be in short supply as early as 2015. Demand has increased much faster than production, while locating new deposits and establishing new mines is a very long-term process. Thus, recycling from scrap materials will be an important measure […]

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New CEDREN project: EcoManage

Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their Special Report on Renewable Energy, which placed new methods for assessment of renewable energy on the agenda. Both the interest and need for utilization of renewable energy sources has increased. Thus, it has been necessary to establish methods for evaluation of  renewable energy technologies […]

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NorRen Summer School 2012 – Registration open

The Norwegian Research School in Renewable Energy (NorRen) unites the PhD education within renewable energy at nearly all the universities in Norway; NTNU, UiB, UiO, UMB and UiT. In addition, the research institutions SINTEF and Institute of Energy Technology are associated partners within NorRen. NorRen aims to bring together PhD candidates within renewable energy and […]

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RESolar are the winners of the Green phase energy award 2012

This year’s winner of the Green phase energy award of 50 000 NOK is the student startup company RESolar, represented by students Erik Thorp, Stian Mundal and Andreas Michelsen from the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship in Trondheim. The award was presented to the winners by Ola Borten Moe, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, during […]

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Technoport / Renewable Energy Research Conference 2012

The 2nd Renewable Energy Research Conference (RERC) took place during Technoport 2012 – Sharing Possibilities in Trondheim in April, and was organized by the Centre for Renewable Energy (SFFE) in collaboration with Technoport. Technoport 2012 – Sharing Possibilities, an international conference on climate solutions, focused on the potential offered by global cooperation. The conference gathered […]

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Unique initiative in science, energy and entrepreneurship

The governmental strategy for science education emphasizes the importance of having students view their classes as useful and meaningful. This is best achieved by connecting classes to practical tasks and experiences, which is exactly what Skjetlein high school and Skjetlein Grønt Kompetansesenter (Green Competence Center) now set out to do by entering a collaboration with […]

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NEXT-Drill: Norway invests in geothermal energy

The Research Council of Norway has granted NOK 24 million to the four-year project NEXT-Drill, which is coordinated by SINTEF. In this project, scientists and industry will develop technology and tools needed to produce geothermal heat from the earth. Geothermal heat is available all over the world, and is a source of renewable energy which […]

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Technoport/RERC 2012 – Registration now open

The Renewable Energy Research Conference (RERC) is a biennial conference organized by the Centre for renewable energy (SFFE). The 1st RERC took place in Trondheim in 2010, and gathered more than 400 participants from 21 different nations. The 2nd RERC will take place during Technoport 2012 – Sharing Possibilities in Trondheim in April, and is […]

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Energy Prize 2012 – Win 50 000 NOK!

Find the energy of the future – win 50 000 NOK! Do you have an exciting idea within environmentally friendly energy? We need innovative solutions to create a more sustainable future. Grønn Fase (Green Phase), the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Tekna awards a prize of 50 000 NOK to the best idea that […]

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An ocean of possibilities

Offshore wind power is emerging as a new big industry – and as one of the most important technologies within renewable energy with regards to reducing climate emissions from the electric power industry. The countries surrounding the North Sea, in particular Germany and Great Britain, will be investing large sums of money in the development […]

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Seeking conference volunteers

Seeking volunteers for Technoport 2012 – Sharing possibilities, including the Renewable Energy Research Conference (RERC) 2012, Trondheim April 16th – 18th april 2012 Technoport and SFFE is organizing an international conference April 16th – 18th 2012 in Trondheim. The conference aims to function as a scientific voice providing input to international policy makers. In 2012, […]

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Testing of smartgrids in Norway

Electricity customers in Steinkjer og Hvaler will soon have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with smartgrids. Nord-Trøndelags Elektrisitetsverk (NTE) and The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre are collaborating on the  demonstration project DeVID (Demonstration and verification of intelligent distribution grids), which aims to investigate how a power grid that enables communication between customers and power plants […]

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Bioenergy Innovation Award

Bioenergy Innovation Award 2012 Only available in Norwegian.

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Climate Day 2011: All you wanted to know about climate change but didn’t dare to ask

Climate Day 2011 The Centre for Renewable Energy (SFFE) organized a climate day at Dokkhuset in Trondheim on Monday October 10th. Climate Day 2011 was a one-day seminar, free of charge, where the aim was to give an update on the latest news from climate research in Norway. The seminar was mainly aimed towards students […]

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SFFE Annual report 2010

The 2010 annual report for the Centre for renewable energy (SFFE) is now available. The report contains information about SFFE and the activities the centre has been involved in during 2010, as well as general information about the current status of renewable energy in Norway. Click here to download a pdf of the report.

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Norwegian Research School in Renewable Energy

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Oslo (UiO), University of Bergen (UiB), University of Tromsø (UiT), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), SINTEF and Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) are now joining forces to establish a Norwegian research school in renewable energy. NTNU has contractual liability for the research school, while Centre […]

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Retro-fit to passive house

Is it possible to lower resource use and at the same time increase the quality of the built environment? Is there necessarily a conflict between low-energy design and usability? Can architecture and planning actually contribute to lowering a local community’s carbon footprint? And can this be achieved while maintaining a high quality of life and […]

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SFFE researcher of the month: Nicolai S. Løvdal

The Centre for renewable energy would like to congratulate Nicolai Løvdal on successfully defending his PhD degree 27th May 2011. Nicolai was one of the last PhD students who have been financed through the Centre’s PhD-pool. The PhD pool consisting of in total seven PhD candidates and one postdoc was established as part of the […]

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SFFE’s first lunch lecture at UiO

SFFE organized for the first time a lunch lecture at the University of Oslo (UiO) Thursday 12th May 2011. The seminar was organized in cooperation with UiO’s MILEN, an interfaculty research area for environmental change and sustainable energy. Ragnhild Elisabeth Waagaard, climate and energy officer at WWF, was invited speaker and presented the main conclusions […]

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Offshore Wind Consensus Workshop in Trondheim

The Centre for renewable energy and the Norwegian Climate Foundation, in cooperation with the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri), have taken the initiative to a consensus process to establish a unified national strategy to promote value creation and business development within the sector of offshore wind in Norway. Norway is currently lacking a coherent […]

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THINK hydrogen!

THINK has launched a hybrid version of its electric car THINK City. The new hybrid model THINK H2EV Gen2 is equipped with a 10 kW fuel cell and a hydrogen tank in addition to batteries and has a range of about 250 km (120 km for each operating system). The conversion project was lead by […]

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SFFE researcher of the month

This month’s researcher designs blades for floating offshore wind turbines Most of the researchers working on offshore wind turbines use a reference model with a standard rotor design (NREL 5 MW) for dynamic analyses, platform design and software development. This standard model, however, was developed for land-based turbines and is therefore not especially suitable for floating […]

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Three new Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME)

Around 140 people including representatives from industry, research institutions and government agencies have worked in six different task forces to define specific recommendations for a revised national R&D strategy for the energy sector. During this year’s Energy Research Conference, which was held February 15 in Oslo, the reports’ main recommendations were presented and debated by […]

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Offshore wind conference in Trondheim

Almost 200 people participated at the offshore wind conference arranged by the FME-centres NOWITECH and NORCOWE at the 20-21 of january. The latest research within offshore wind energy from Norway and Europe was served at the conference. Offshore wind energy has experienced a historic progress with a 51 percent 2010-growth in Europe, and more than […]

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This months SFFE-researcher is removing impurities

This months SFFE-researcher is removing impurities 21.January 2011: Clean silicon is important in order to create solar cells with high efficiency. Traditionally this has been solved by removing the impurities in silicon using the Siemens process, an extremely energy intensive process. Although the impurities can also be removed by looking at the raw materials for […]

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The University in Oslo becomes a member of SFFE

The University in Oslo becomes a member of SFFE 14.January 2011: The University in Oslo (UiO), Department of Mathematics and Physics, ha recently decided to join the Centre for Renewable Energy (SFFE). SFFE was formed by SINTEF and NTNU in 2004, and in 2005 Institute for Energy Technology joined in as an equivalent partner. “We are […]

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IFE is charging the batteries

IFE is charging the batteries 10.January 2011: The electrical car Nissan Leaf was in 2011 awarded the title ‘car of the year’, as the first electrical car ever. The importance of batteries in the transport sector has long been evident for Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), and researcher Preben Vie (posing with a lithium cell) […]

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NTNU and SINTEF produces solar cells from algae

NTNU and SINTEF produces solar cells from algae 12.December 2010: Is it possible to make solar cells from algae? Almost, and that is the goal of ‘SOLBIOPTA’, a multi-disciplinary project with optic engineers, biologists and material scientists at NTNU and SINTEF. The diatom algae has a shell of silicon oxide with a special structure specially […]

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This months SFFE-researcher is burning wood

This months SFFE-researcher is burning wood Edvard Karlsvik has worked in SINTEF for the last 33 years and has been involved in basically all projects within SINTEF that is including wood firing, a method for creating heat familiar to most Norwegians. New technology in the mid 90s made it possible to increase the efficiency from […]

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SINTEF technology blossoms in Singapore

SINTEF technology blossoms in Singapore Metallkraft’s new factory will be built in connection with REC’s new fabric for solar cell production, that will produce an equivalent of 10 percent of the world’s total production in 2009, or 800 MW. Metallkraft will recycle waste from the wafer production at REC. The cutting of silicon blocks to […]

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