Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research

The Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) were established in 2009 as a follow-up of the Climate Compromise and the Energi21 strategy. The Centre scheme is administered by the Research Council of Norway and involves funding for research centres (syndicates) comprised of selected research communities and industry partners who collaborate within prioritised research areas.

The Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) were established in 2009 as a follow-up of the Climate Compromise and the Energi21 strategy. The Centre scheme is administered by the Research Council of Norway and involves funding for research centres (syndicates) comprised of selected research communities and industry partners who collaborate within prioritised research areas.

In 2009, eight Norwegian research communities were granted the status of Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). These are within the areas of CO2 capture and storage (two centres), offshore wind power (two centres), energy efficiency in buildings, solar cells, bioenergy and environmentally friendly phase-in of new renewable energy in the hydropower system. These research centres contribute to broad, binding cooperation among leading research institutes and innovative companies in Norway as well as close collaboration with international players.

In 2011, three more centres were given the status of Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research, two of which receive support through the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy’s budget. These centres conduct research within social science aspects of energy and climate research. The purpose of these centres is to contribute to a better basis for decisions by public and private decision-makers in the interface between climate, energy and industry. Furthermore, the aim is to increase the platform of knowledge for national and international energy policy.

The FME centres may have a lifetime of up to eight years, but will be assessed after five years’ activity.

More information about the scheme and the centres can be found on the website of the Research Council of Norway.