Energy & Petroleum - Resources & Environment (EPRE)

2004 in review

A summary of our main activities.

Annual Report 2004In August, NTNU merged Energy and Environment with its substantial Petroleum research group and created the new Strategic Area “Energy and Petroleum – Resources and Environment”. This enables NTNU to manage the whole chain of energy challenges, from source to end user, in a comprehensive way.

The official opening of the new Centre for Renewable Energy NTNU-SINTEF (SFFE) was observed by staging an international seminar with 120 participants on June 17-18.

SINTEF researcher Dr. Hilde Venvik became the first full-time NTNU hydrogen professor.

The Research Council of Norway initiated two new energy research programs “Renergi” and “Petromaks”. NTNU and SINTEF were successful in the first round of applications.

The “Renergi” program has granted a pool of ten PhD scholarships for NTNU, to be shared by our two Centres of Gas Technology and Renewable Energy.

SmartBuild organized two successful workshops “The Smart Building in 2020” and “Integrated Design Process for Smart Energy Efficient Buildings”.

The Centre for Better Resource Utilization (BRU) project was started at NTNU to strengthen and focus research and development aimed at better exploration and production of oil and gas from the Norwegian continental shelf.

The NTNU informational film, “The Road to the Hydrogen Society” was produced.

The start up of innovation activity and cooperation with NTNU Technology Transfer AS.

In 2004, 35 ideas were registered, leading to 7 commercialization projects and the creation of 3 firms.

The strategic area carried out a foresight study on CO2 management that will be used in further development of this strategically important activity and in preparation for the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme.

The first Kyoto International Forum for Environment and Energy Symposium (KIFEE) Materials and Processes for Environment and Energy was organized in Kyoto, Japan, on November 14-17 and the Kyoto Norway Center was opened.

A team of six representatives from NTNU-SINTEF participated in the Norway-US Science and Higher Education Week in Washington in October with six presentations in different conferences and workshops.

A total of 300 publications and 50 communication initiatives were delivered by scientists in the strategic area.