Energy was one of six thematic strategic areas established by NTNU in 2000. The objective was to organize multidisciplinary research and education that handle complex problems and challenges facing society, which may only be solved by multidisciplinary teamwork.
The activities have now been restructured to reflect the current situation and new challenges and is from 1 January 2014 one of the four thematic strategic areas together with «Sustainable Societal Development», «Ocean Science and Technology» and «Health, Welfare and Technology».
Energy was a natural choice, because energy is essential for the life of people. We are entirely dependent on energy to secure essential human needs like food, clothing, housing, transportation, health, recreation etc. We know now that we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum during this century. In the same period billions of new citizens will join the «global dinner table». Providing sufficient clean energy to ensure a peaceful and sustainable society for everybody is one of the largest challenges facing society today.
By the application of the «teamwork strategy» NTNU and our research partner SINTEF have been able to increase our energy related research activity substantially since the start-up in 2000. Today there are more than 1200 people in NTNU-SINTEF working to bring forward new knowledge, new technology and new solutions to realize our common vision:
Sufficient and clean energy for a sustainable and peaceful society
The «Energy Team» includes around 200 professors and 500 PhD students and postdocs working with basic research. In addition we educate 300 to 400 candidates to the energy sector every year. These highly qualified candidates bring with them the newest knowledge and skills, which they will utilize to solve problems and create new solutions for the society.
EPRE consists as per today (2013) of six goal-oriented multi-disciplinary research centres (NTNU-SINTEF) and three strategic initiatives
• Centre for Energy and Society
• Centre for Sustainable Buildings
• Centre for Electric Energy and Energy Systems
• Centre for Renewable Energy (with IFE as partner)
• Gas Technology Centre
• Petroleum Centre for Better Resource Utilization
• CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS)
• Hydrogen Technology
• Industrial Ecology
As a result of the Energy 21 strategy and the Climate Agreement, Norway's investment in environment-friendly energy research has increased substantially. The Research Council of Norway awarded nine new "Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research" (FME) where NTNU and SINTEF are heavily involved in seven.
Research teams within EPRE also participate in the following national Centres for Research Based Innovation (CRI):
The main faculties and departments within the field of Energy and Environment are:
- Department of Energy and Process Engineering
- Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics
- Department of Marine Technology
- Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering
- Department of Civil and Transport Engineering
- Industrial Ecology Programme
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Chemical Engineering
- Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Strategic Research Area Energy
IME faculty administration
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Telephone: +47 73597282
Energy and Society
Electric Energy and System Analysis
Gas Technology Centre
Petroleum and Resource Utilization
CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS)
Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering