International cooperation

International cooperation is emphasised in the centre activity.

International cooperation is emphasised in the centre activity. Among the partners in the centre, there are several international universities and research institutions. This also holds for the vendor and end user partners, as well as many of the Norwegian companies with considerable international activities. This ensures the necessary interaction and input required to focus activities on the challenges faced by industry and the energy system in the transition to a society with considerably lower greenhouse gas emissions.

In the academic cooperation, a concept of double PhDs and MSc studies has been established, meaning that NTNU and an international university both have students within related topics in order to ensure a close exchange and development of knowledge. Furthermore, many of the students have shorter or longer research exchange periods at a partner university. The Scientific Committee monitors the academic production in order to benchmark the activity in an international perspective, as well as giving advice for further scientific focus and direction.

In addition to bilateral cooperation between academic partners, HighEFF has also implemented dedicated cooperation between academic partners and industry partners. This may for instance happen between SINTEF, NTNU, an international university and a specific industrial partner.

Due to the global spread of partners, regional meetings are also arranged. A workshop arranged at Doshisha University in 2020 is a good example of this. Academic partners from Japan and China, industrial partners from Japan and representatives from NTNU and SINTEF took part.

In December 2020, it was decided that NTNU and SINTEF will host the 15th IIR-Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Refrigerants, which will takeplace in 2022. This will be an important event for FME HighEFF and the ongoing research within use of environmentally friendly refrigerants in industrial processes – and will increase the international attention received by HighEFF.