16-17 June 2016

On Beyond Oil—the transition to green energy




DATE: 16-17 JUNE 2016

The Paris Climate Talks are over, and now it’s time for nations to begin the real work to shift to a low-carbon economy. But what will it actually take to make that change?

We welcome journalists to Norway’s technological capital, Trondheim, and to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute, for an intensive workshop on the green transition in Norway and beyond.

You’ll meet leading experts in solar energy, wind and hydropower, zero-emission buildings and more who can talk about research advances that are on their way to the marketplace. We’ll visit laboratories and test sites in and around Trondheim where some of these technologies are being developed or are already being put to work.

The university and SINTEF will offer up to 20 fellowship stipends to eligible journalists to
attend the programme, including airfare, one night’s accommodation, and all food. NTNU/SINTEF will make bookings for those who are awarded travel stipends. Those who do not wish to apply for fellowship support are also welcome.

The programme is open to staff and freelance journalists from any country, and will be held in English. There will be opportunities for interviews in different languages depending upon participant needs and availability of researchers.

Apply now for the workshop and a travel stipend.

On Beyond Oil—the transition to green energy


TENTATIVE PROGRAMME (subject to change of times, locations and speakers )
Thursday, 16 JUNE

Journalists arrive in Trondheim in afternoon/evening

7:30 PM: Drinks and Informal gathering with journalists, researchers at Nyfiken restaurant.

8:00 PM: Dinner


8:00 AM: Hotel pickup, transport to NTNU Gløshaugen campus
               (Journalists who are not staying in Trondheim over the weekend should bring luggage)
8:20 AM: Coffee, welcome to NTNU
8:30 AM: CO2 storage in the North Sea: How do we do it, and how do we know it's safe?

9:35 AM: Mini-sessions/demonstrations for solar cookers; making hydrogen from natural gas; high efficiency power electronics and wireless charging of electric cars and ships; electric cars

10:55 AM: Coffee

11:15 AM Bus to Rema 1000 smart supermarket

11:45 AM: Supermarket technology tour

12:15 PM: Return to NTNU
12:45 PM: Lunch

1:45  PM: Tour of Zero Emission Building/Smart Grid laboratory

2:45  PM: Water Power laboratory tour, discussion of Norway as a green battery

3:45 PM: Coffee and offshore wind

4:30 PM: Workshop ends, transport to airport for those who are leaving, transport to city for those who will stay the weekend.



Thomas Berker: Sociology professor at NTNU's Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture who studies sustainable innovation, technology use in everyday life andenergy efficiency in the built environment and is involved with ZEB.

Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug: Professor at the Waterpower Laboratory​ at NTNU. Formerly leader of the Norwegian Hydropower Center, a national centre for education and research on hydropower.  He is now a central driving force in the new FME Hydropower, which is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). FME Hydropower set out to enable the Norwegian hydropower sector to meet complex challenges and exploit new opportunities through innovative technological solutions.

Arild Gustavsen: Director of The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) and professor in building physics at Department of Architectural Design, History and Technology at NTNU. He is also task leader in the EU project "Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts Sustainability" (EFFESUS - www.effesus.eu) and  project manager of the project "Window Technologies for Energy Efficient Buildings", where The Windows and Daylighting Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is one of the partners.

Armin Hafner: Professor at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering. Led the research project  that designed the whole energy chain in the Kroppanmarka supermarket,  which was awarded the city of Trondheim's Energy Conservation Prize.

Atle Harby: is based at SINTEF and Centre Director for Cedren, the Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy, which is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME)

Anne Karin Hemmingsen: has her PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Energy and Process Engineering. She has more than  20 years experience in energy efficiency research & development, leading to product development and commercialization of technology. Extensive management experience as research director and team leader over many years and as project manager and coordinator for large multi-disciplinary projects and team leader, such as KPN CREATIV.

Gerd Kjølle: is Centre Manager for CINELDI, a new NOK 320 Millon Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) that is hosted by SINTEF

Martin Landrø: NTNU Professor in Applied Geophysics with expertise on CO2 storage in the North Sea.

Mona Mølvik: Dr. Mona J. Mølnvik has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU. She is has been with SINTEF for 19 years. Mølnvik has been central in developing, leading and expanding the centre of excellence, FME BIGCCS - International CCS Research Centre (2009-2016) to becoming one of the largest CCS R&D efforts world-wide. Further, she has been involved in the strategies behind and the actual development and implementation of several EU-projects: H2020: CEMCAP and Gateway and FP7: DECARBit, Dynamis, ECCO (Chair of the Board) and IMPACTS (Coordinator 2012-2014). Mølnvik has been central contributor to development of several strategies for CCS: Co-author of the 1999-Kilmatek report on CCS research needs in Norway, the first leader of the EERA JP Carbon Capture and Storage, the CO2 transport initiative and central in developing the first strategy for the CO2 transport sub-program. She was also lead author on CO2 transport in the CSLF Final Report from Task Force on Technical Barriers and R&D Opportunities for Offshore, Sub-Seabed Geologic Storage of CO2

Petter Nekså: Dr. Nekså has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU (former NTH 1992). He is a Chief Scientist at SINTEF Energy Research and also holds an Adjunct Professorship at NTNU, Dept. of Energy and process engineering. Nekså is working within the field of Process Engineering more in general. Low temperature processes for liquefaction of gases such as natural gas and hydrogen included. Over the years he has led a number of large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and have been work package manager in large EU projects, e.g. DECARBit. Currently he is the Scientific Coordinator, as well as Steering Committee member, of several projects. He has also considerable experience in work related to innovation and the business sector, is active internationally in the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and is a member of UNEP TEAP Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Technology Options Committee (RTOC).

Ole Jørgen Nydal: Professor Ole Jørgen Nydal has worked with partnerships between NTNU and several African countries for joint research on better heat storage so that the solar ovens are more adapted to people's needs. His recent research on solar heat storage technology involves solar panels together with different battery solutions. He is head of the Solar Simulator Lab.

Kjell Sand:  is an NTNU professor who also has an appointment at SINTEF. Sand is working on a pilot project on Smart Grids for the future.

Anders Hammer Strømman: Professor Anders Hammer Strømman works in the field of Industrial Ecology. He conducts research on environmental assessment of Energy and Transport systems on which he has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles.  In 2011 Professor Strømman received the Laudise medal in Industrial Ecology in recognition of his work. He is currently contributing as an author to the WGIII of 5th assessment report of the IPCC. On a daily basis he teaches graduate courses in Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental input-output analysis for the students of the Industrial Ecology and Energy & Environment study programs at NTNU.  

Jon Are Suul: Jon Are Suul received the MSc and PhD in electric power engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, in 2006 and 2012, respectively. From 2006 to 2007, he was with SINTEF Energy Research, Trondheim, where he was working with simulati on of power electronic converters and marine propulsion systems, until starting his Ph.D. studies. In 2008, he was a guest Ph.D. student for two months with the Energy Technology Research Institute of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan. He was also a visiting Ph.D. student for two months with the Research Center on Renewable Electrical Energy Systems, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Terrassa, Spain, during 2010. Since 2012, he has resumed a part-time position as a Research Scientist with SINTEF Energy Research while also working as a part-time Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU. His research interests include control of power electronic converters in power systems, electrical transportation and renewable energy applications.

John Olav Tande: John Olav Giæver Tande is Senior Research Scientist with SINTEF Energy Research and Director of NOWITECH, a EUR 40 million research cooperation on Offshore Wind Technology, www.nowitech.no. He is also heading the sub-programme on offshore wind energy within the European Energy Research Alliance, and Steering Committee member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform ETIP wind. He has more than 20 year experience within the field of wind energy research, with focus on grid integration and offshore technology. He graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1988 and has since then worked in Denmark and Norway. He has been with SINTEF Energy Research since 1997.


Olav Bjarte Fosso: Director of NTNU's Energy Strategic Research Area

Magnus Jahre: NTNU associate professor in Computer Science who is coordinator of the Energy Efficient Computing Systems strategic research area.

Trond Kvamsdal: Kvamsdal's vision is Mathematics for a better society! He works at NTNU in Computational Mathematics, whiich is the development of new theories/methods within Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis to make robust and efficient numerical software programs for challenging applications in science and technology.

Terese Løvås is a professor in the Department of Energy and Process Engineering who works with biofuel research. She is head of the Thermal Energy Research Group at NTNU, and Group leader of the Combustion Kinetics Group at NTNU. She works both on the numerical and experimental aspects of combustion science, with special emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy solutions. Recently, she has had a particular focus on efficient and clean use of bio-fuels both for power production and in transport.

Kjartan Steen-Olsen: Kjartan works as a researcher with NTNU's Industrial Ecology programme where he looks at environmental footprints and life cycle assessments. He works on the research project: "Peoples Climate Research: The Contribution of Households to Climate Change Mitigation", concerning what normal households can do to reduce their environmental footprint. This project is part of the Norwegian Research Council's Large-Scale Programme on Climate Research (KLIMIT).

Nicholas Worth: is an associate professor at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering who works in the Fluid Mechanics Group at NTNU who recently received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant of EUR 1.9 million (approx. NOK 18 million) for the project, “Breaking the paradigm: A new approach to understanding and controlling combustion instabilities.” His work focuses on the development of new flexible-fuel combustor solutions with low emissions.

Background information and links

Travel stipend and practical information


TRAVEL STIPEND: NTNU and SINTEF are pleased to be able to offer up to 20 travel stipends to selected journalists. If you would like to be considered for a stipend, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

We will consider applications and stipend requests and will let journalists know about stipend awards no later than 23 May 2016, sooner if possible. NTNU and SINTEF will make all travel arrangements for those who are awarded stipends.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: NTNU/SINTEF have reserved rooms for journalists who are awarded travel stipends at Scandic Nidelven for the evening of 16 June.

The workshop itself will be held at NTNU and at SINTEF laboratories and campuses.

For those making their own travel and hotel arrangements, the workshop will be over by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 17 June.


For more information or questions contact:

NANCY BAZILCHUK, nancy.bazilchuk@ntnu.no

tel: +47 91897321

ANNE STEENSTRUP-DUCH, anne.steenstrup-duch@sintef.no

tel: +47 900 96 295



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