The Norwegian Research Council has allocated 160 million to the creation of eight new research centers for environmentally friendly energy (FME). A total of 1.3 billion kroner will be handed out over a period of eight years.
The allotment was made public when Research Council’s Energy Conference opened in Oslo on Thursday.
If the funds from users, industry partners and research institutions also are also taken into consideration, the total of the research investments available to the research centers amounts to more than 2.5 billion over the next eight years.
-This is a good day to be the Minister of Petroleum and Energy. Research centers for environmentally-friendly energy are spearheads in the focus on research, development and innovation for the future of energy system. The FME-scheme is a long-term commitment to address climate and energy challenges. At the same time the centers are also to contribute to the innovation, business development and profitable jobs, Minister Tord Lien, who opened the Conference, says.
The eight new centres will focus on these fields: hydroelectric power, smart power grids, energy-efficient industry, eco-friendly transport, CO2 capture and storage, solar cells, bio-fuels and zero emission areas in the cities.
They are mainly located in host institutions in Trondheim and at Kjeller, but the research center for bioenergy will be located at Ås ,Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today