Energy & Petroleum - Resources & Environment (EPRE)
2009 in review
- Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (CEER): On 4 February 2009, eight CEER teams received their certificates from the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis Johansen. NTNU and SINTEF were heavily involved in 6 of these. This huge achievement was possible thanks to excellent team work between research groups within our existing centres for Renewable Energy, Gas Technology, Sustainable Buildings, and Energy and Society.
- In December 2009, NTNU and SINTEF, together with our European partners, brought forward an application to ESFRI on a “Preparatory Phase Project” for the startup of the laboratory initiative ECCSEL (European Carbon Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure). This will be the first stage in the development of ECCSEL.
- The Centre for Renewable Energy coordinated a “think tank” project, which involved the participation of MSc and PhD students from the appointed CEERs. The “Energy Think Tank” was created by the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje- Riis Johansen in February and the students presented their work for the Minister in September.
- On 16-17 June, the Gas Technology Centre organized the “5th Trondheim Conference on CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage” (TCCS-5). This was a great success in terms of technological progress, participation and feedback and has contributed to put Trondheim on the international CCS map.
- On 26-27 October, the Gas Technology Centre organized the “1st Trondheim Gas Technology Conference” (TGTS-1), with parallel sessions on gas conversion and LNG. This conference will develop to an international meeting place for gas technology in the future.
- On 28-29 September, the fifth annual IO Conference (IO = Integrated Operation) was organized by the Petroleum Centre in Trondheim. The successful conference attracted290 participants. For the first time the conference includeda “Young Professional Programme”.
- The Centre for Electric Energy successfully participated in helping to establish a new EU project, MARINA, which is focused on offshore platforms that convert several energyforms (such as wind and waves) into electrical energy. The project starts in 2010.
- New industrial collaboration agreements in 2009 for the Petroleum centre include Statoil (Academia Agreement), Schlumberger (University Agreement) and Statoil (Norne Agreement).
- Another highlight for 2009 was the establishment of CenSES (Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies), in which the Centre for Society and Energy plays a major role.
- On 6-9 September, NTNU hosted the fourth “KIFEE Symposium on Environment, Energy, Materials and Education” in Trondheim. The successful symposium had 150 attendees, including 53 participants from Japan, and included a total of 130 lectures and posters.
- In March 2009 a Joint Seminar and Workshop between Tsinghua University, NTNU-SINTEF and StatoilHydro was organized in Beijing. The workshop was co-financed by the Research Council of Norway and had approximately 40 participants.
- The KIC proposal SEEIT brought forward by a consortiumheaded by DTU and joined by NTNU and SINTEF, was selected to participate in the final round with the Governing Board of EIT in Budapest in December. Unfortunately, SEEIT was not selected for funding by EIT, but we have decided to organize a consortium to carry out our plans using EU programme resources.
- In 2009 the ENGAS project (Environmental Gas Management Research Infrastructure) was successfully finalized. ENGAS was our first strategic research infrastructure project and was in fact the first step towards ECCSEL. ENGAS started in 2005 and has been managed by Dr.
- The MIT-NTNU-Statoil programme has been extended
with a new “professor-pair” project on offshore wind.