Strategic research area


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».

Technology for a cleaner future, NTNUs strategic research on energy and resource use and technologies.

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

Strategic Initiatives:
• CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS)
• Hydrogen Technology
• Industrial Ecology

Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME)

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):

Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry
The Multiphase Flow Assurance Centre (FACE)
Innovative Natural Gas Processes and Products


The main faculties and departments within the field of Energy and Environment are:

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology

Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering

Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management



Strategic Research Area Energy
IME faculty administration
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Visiting adress: 


Telephone: +47 73597282


Director: Olav Bjarte Fosso


Ledere spissområder:

Centre Contacts

Energy and Society
Marianne Ryghaug

Sustainable buildings
Øyvind Aschehoug

Electric Energy and System Analysis
Magnus Korpås

Renewable Energy
Gabriella Tranell

Gas Technology Centre
Hilde Venvik

Petroleum and Resource Utilization
Jon Kleppe

CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS)
Olav Bolland

Hydrogen technology
Hilde Venvik

Industrial Ecology
Edgar Hertwich

Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
Ånund Killingtveit

Related study programmes

Contact person: Eilif Hugo Hansen
Overview of related studies

Institutional Cooperation

Joint Research Centre NTNU - SJTU Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Annual Report 2012

Energy and Petroleum - Resources and Environment.

Download Annual Report 2012 (pdf, 8MB)