Strategic initiatives are research areas of significant importance but their multi-disciplinarity make them in most cases to involve several of the more permanently defined research centres and other research groups.
These strategic initiatives work across the eight primary research communities.
The electric energy system of the future
Climate challenges, increasing energy consumption and dependence of a reliable and robust electric energy supply have requested the whole chain of energy conversion, transmission, distribution as well as consumption to undergo a major rethinking of the philosophy of electric energy supply. Smart grids, storage and flexibility have become keywords in the industry.
CO2-Capture and Storage (CCS)
NTNU and SINTEF researchers at the Gas Technology Center are looking at everything from harnessing chemicals or chemical processes that can capture CO2 from fossil fuel power plant emissions to developing the technologies needed to redesign gas-fired power plants to prevent CO2 from being released in flue gases in the first place. The Gas Technology Center is Scandinavia's largest independent research institution.
Green Innovation is a scientific activity aimed to map and comprehend the barriers, forces and available means for a transition establishing a basis for added value within the energy, petroleum-, and environmental markets.
The following areas are currently covered: (1) Production of hydrogen from natural gas and methanol by syngas technology including steam reforming and catalytic partial oxidation and microstructured reactors. The research activities range from large (industrial) to small (portable) scale hydrogen production; (2) Production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water (3) PEM and SOFC fuel cells, including membrane technology, dynamics and systems engineering.
More about Hydrogen Technology Research (GTC website)
NanoLab and Energy Research
The research activities at NTNU span from theoretical to experimental, from fundamental to applied research. NTNU NanoLab will focus on four prioritized research areas: nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and nanomagnetism, nanostructured materials, bionanotechnology and nanotechnology for energy and the environment. More about NTNU NanoLab