Department of Energy and Process Engineering

Thermal Energy

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Our group work with thermal processes for energy conversion and industrial applications. Focus is on energy efficiency, emission control and safety. The technical basis comprise classic thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mass and heat transfer, combustion and thermophysical properties. Experimental activity is a foundation of our research.​

The research spans from fundamental investigations of turbulent combustion and reacting multi-phase flows to a wide range of applications, including power generation plants, internal combustion engines, bioenergy furnaces, CO2 capture technologies, and thermal turbomachinery. Furthermore, the headquarter of The European CCS laboratory infrastructure (ECCSEL) is affiliated with this group.

The main activities are:

  • Exergy analysis and energy utilization
  • Combustion
    • Turbulent flow and combustion modelling
    • Low emission combustion technologies
    • Internal combustion engine research
  • Bioenergy and biofuels
    • Solid fuel combustion and gasification modelling
    • Fuel characterisation
    • Fuel processing and process intensification
    • Second generation biofuels performance studies
  • Thermal turbomachinery
    • Gas turbine technology
    • Turbocompressor and turboexpander technology
    • Multiphase pumps
    • Wet gas compressors
  • Power cycles
    • Steam cycles including compact designs
    • Waste heat recovery technologies including Organic Rankine Cycles
    • Dynamic system simulation
  • CO2 capture, transport (and storage) CCS
    • CO2 capture methods
    • Integration of CO2 capture with power plants and industrial processes
    • Process simulations and systems analysis


Photo of Terese LøvåsProfessor Terese Løvås, Head of research group

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Our research activity is organised around research projects. Currently we contribute to the following projects:

EU projects

  • DECARBit - Zero-emission pre-combustion power plants | Olav Bolland
  • ECCSEL INFRADEV-3 - Implemententation and initial operation of ECCSEL (European Carbon Dioxide Capture and StoragE Laboratory Infrastructure). Provision of Transnational Access to ECCSEL, the European Research Infrastructure (RI) for CO2 capture, transport and storage (CCS) technologies research. | Sverre Quale
  • NanoSim - A Multiscale Simulation-Based Design Platform for Cost-Effective CO2 Capture Processing using Nano Structured Materials | Olav Bolland
  • RangEx - Investigations of Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition in an innovative barrel engine | Terese Løvås

Norwegian projects

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We participate in the following centres:

Working group


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Main  research partners:

  • Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands
  • Graz University of Technology (TUG), Austria
  • Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), France
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Stiftelsen SINTEF
  • University College London (UCL), UK
  • University of Coimbra (UCOIMBRA), Portugal
  • Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Main business partners:

  • Alcoa Norway ANS
  • ANDRITZ Energy & Environment GmbH (ANDRITZ), Austria
  • AT Biovarme AS
  • DCS Computing GmbH (DCS), Austria
  • Department Elkem Technology
  • Dovre AS
  • Elkem AS
  • Eyde-nettverket
  • Eramet Norway AS
  • Jøtulgruppen
  • Morsø AS
  • Norsk Biobrensel AS
  • Norsk Kleber AS
  • Saint Gobain Ceramic Materials AS