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Energy efficiency more relevant than ever

Official opening of HighEFFLab. Picture taken from above, showing banner, people people eating cake and lab equipment.
The climate crisis, combined with the European energy crisis, make investments and research in energy efficiency more important than ever.

Energy efficiency measures make sense because they often end up paying for themselves in addition to enabling reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and freeing up energy for other purposes. Energy efficiency is largely uncontroversial compared to other climate measures which have a larger impact on the landscape.

In this context, the FME HighEFF research centre for energy efficiency held its Annual Consortium Meeting over the past three days (18-20 May).

Making Norwegian industry the world’s greenest

The first day of the Consortium Meeting was held under the theme “Making Norwegian industry the world’s greenest” and dedicated to examining the latest developments in energy efficiency for industry. Topics touched went from high-temperature heat pumps to thermal storage and excess heat recovery, among many others.

Camille Fleurialt, Senior Project Manager at ERAMET
Camille Fleurialt, Senior Project Manager at ERAMET, speaks about the integration of energy recovery and carbon capture at the Sauda ferroalloy Smelter. The smelter produces a large amount of excess heat which, if properly recovered, represents an interesting opportunity for further business development in the local area.
Professor Trygve Magne Eikevik (NTNU)
Professor Trygve Magne Eikevik (NTNU) presents ChiNoZEN, a collaborative project with China, which focuses on low-carbon buildings and neighbourhoods. Specifically, professor Eikevik explained the role of high-temperature heat pumps in integrated energy systems.
Prof. Robert C. Armstrong, director of the MIT Energy Initiative and leader of HighEFF's Scientific Committee
Prof. Robert C. Armstrong, director of the MIT Energy Initiative and leader of HighEFF’s Scientific Committee, presents his thoughts about future energy systems.

Official opening of HighEFFLab

The highlight of the second day of the Consortium Meeting was the official opening of HighEFFLab: a national research infrastructure for experimental research in the field of energy efficiency.

HighEFFLab will be accessible for all industry, research and academia interested in experimental testing of components, processes or products related to energy efficiency.

The official ribbon cutting with Inge Røinaas Gran, CEO of SINTEF Energy and Tor Grande, Pro-Rector for Research and Dissemination at NTNU.
The official ribbon cutting with Inge Røinaas Gran, CEO of SINTEF Energy and Tor Grande, Pro-Rector for Research and Dissemination at NTNU.

HighEFFLab consists of six laboratories, with a total of 12 experimental rigs and 8 analysis instruments. The laboratories also include tools for calibration and field measurements, as well as computers and software for designing, modelling and simulating various processes. The facilities are mainly located at the NTNU Gløshaugen campus in Trondheim, except for one installation that is located at the SINTEF Energy Lab at Blaklia, also in Trondheim.

Such facilities are crucial for the industry, who needs new technological solutions to be thoroughly tested and qualified before they get used in the field.

The laboratories were made possible thanks to financing provided by the Research Council of Norway’s Research infrastructure effort (INFRASTRUKTUR), that was launched in 2009.

Elisa Magnanelli (SINTEF)
The second day was also an occasion to present various highlights from the HighEFF centre. Here, Elisa Magnanelli (SINTEF) speaks about the thermodynamic potential of excess heat from the Norwegian aluminium industry.

PhD and PostDoc Seminar

The Annual Consortium Meeting was also an occasion to hear from the centre’s various PhDs and PostDocs. The HighEFF education programme aims to develop knowledge and expertise needed both by the industry and research institutions. In total 13 candidates have completed their PhDs and PostDocs through HighEFF, so far.

Julia J. Romero (University of Manchester)
Julia J. Romero (University of Manchester) presents her research about the design of sustainable industrial utility systems.
Irina N. Isaeva (Nord University)
Irina N. Isaeva (Nord University) explains her research into how to juggle diverging goals and priorities in large research-industry collaborations such as HighEFF.

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