The HighEFF Scientific Committee is comprised of three national and three international experts. The mandate of the Scientific Committee is to provide advice on the relevance and quality of the scientific activities for the Centre as a whole, as well as the individual Research Areas. In addition, they will highlight scientific trends, challenges and opportunities, and comment on how HighEFF performs relative to state-of-the-art (whether HighEFF research is world class or not). They will further provide strategic advice on scientific focus and priorities based on the performance of the various Research Areas and Work Packages.
The members are:
- Robert C. (“Bob”) Armstrong, Director at MIT Energy Initiative
- Ignacio E. Grossmann (Former Director CAPD at CMU)
- Megan Jobson (Professor at Univ. of Manchester)
- Tor Grande (Vice Dean Research at NTNU)
- Jack A. Ødegård (Vice President Research at SINTEF Industry)
- Kristin Jordal (Research Manager at SINTEF Energy Research)
How we work together
The vision of HighEFF strongly relies on creating good arenas for cooperation between industry, academia and research partners. Our vision is founded on the words of Professor Arne Bredesen, who stated that excellent research is best produced through three means: knowledge, friendship and teamwork. HighEFF will build upon and bridge these means through common goals, joint research and teamwork.
In 2021 we felt, much like in 2020, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic Maintaining contact with the consortium at the same level as before has proven a challenge. With partners from a wide range of business areas, it is only natural that they have felt the effects of the pandemic in different ways Nevertheless, all partners have complied with their commitments to HighEFF.
In addition to all the meetings for specific sectors, research areas, topics, activities or tasks, 2021 saw the following larger meeting places and workshop open for all partners:
- The Annual Consortium meeting was held on 19-20 May
- The Cross-sector Workshop, highlighting communication and Centre results, and discussions about the research planned for the coming year, was held on 20-21 October
- The 2021 spring PhD seminar was held on 19 October in connection with the Cross-sector Workshop, with a large interest from both research and industry partners
To ensure that all suggestions and input to research tasks are taken into consideration, the Scientific Coordinator has the overall overview of the Centre's progress.
Cooperation with other FMEs
Energy efficiency is central to the work of many other FMEs (Centres for Environment-friendly Energy
Research), and we have a close collaboration with other centres on relevant topics.
- FME ZEN and FME CINELDI: Joint workshop with HighEFF in February of 2021 about flexibility in energy systems. Interest was expressed on all parts for continued collaboration on the topic.
- FME CINELDI: Laid out plans for collaboration on the topic of the energy flexibility potential of industry clusters as a means to reduce peaks in energy demand.
- FME NCCS: Cooperation in the generation of spin-off projects (for example the ADVENCCS application).
Cooperation is important in order to achieve maximum impact. The different centres complement each other in many ways. In its final years, HighEFF will be cooperating with FME NTRANS on some policy briefs and position papers – in other words, a collaboration aiming at spreading our common message. This is in line with the guidelines laid out by the board of HighEFF.
Beyond the world of FMEs, HighEFF is also collaborating with another research centre: the petrocentre LowEmission, with a focus on reducing energy use in the oil and gas industry. We also collaborate on many levels with SFI Metal Production, regarding technologies for energy recovery in the metal industry.