Annual report HighEFF 2017

An energy efficient industry for the future

Energy in different forms – thermal, mechanical, electrical and chemical – and with different qualities is consumed and produced in industrial processes. In addition to optimization of components and processes, there is a need for a holistic approach in order to maximize system energy efficiency and to avoid sub-optimal solutions. 

HighEFF will develop future knowledge and technology for an energy efficient industry through fundamental research on thermodynamic systems, heat and mass transfer processes and fluid mechanics. Energy efficiency will be addressed at different levels, from equipment to process, plant, cluster and geographical region; reducing energy use in processes and branches where energy consumption is high and large amounts of surplus heat is available.

Read more about the centre in the complete annual report

HighEFF Vision

Greetings from the Director

Petter Røkke, Centre Director HighEFF

Petter Røkke is the Centre Director of HighEFF and Research Director for the Thermal Energy department in SINTEF Energy Research.

Petter earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU in 2006. During his career in SINTEF, he has been active within the fields of CCS (CO2 capture and storage), Bioenergy and Industrial Energy Efficiency. Since 2011 he has been within the management group of SINTEF Energy Research, first as Research director for the Electric Power Technology department and since November 2012 for the Thermal energy department. He was chairman of the board for FME CenBio, is currently member of the board for FME Bio4Fuel and member of the EnergiX program board in the Research Council of Norway.

Internationally, he is coordinator of the Joint Programme «Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes» within the European Energy Research Alliance.

You can read the greeting on page 2 in the Annual report PDF 

2017 by the numbers

8 years
42.7 million
45 partners

Greeting from the Chairman of the Board

Chairman of the Board: Arne Ulrik Bindingsbø
Chairman of the Board: Arne Ulrik Bindingsbø

Arne Ulrik Bindingsbø, Chairman of the Board, HighEFF

Improved energy efficiency is expected to play a crucial role in protecting the global environment. Significant changes in both production and consumption of energy are needed to avoid a global temperature rise of more than two degrees.

The Norwegian land based industry and offshore oil & gas production are already among the world leaders in energy efficiency compared to similar industries in other countries. Nevertheless, the greenhouse gas emissions from these operations account for a large part of Norway's total emissions. There is a need for technology development and subsequent implementation to further increase the energy efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

The HighEFF mission started in late 2016 with a vision to create a competitive, energy efficient and environmental friendly industry for the future. Together, we are more than 45 universities, research institutions and industrial partners working together to achieve this vision. Our strength is in the cross industrial collaboration with all the largest industry sectors in Norway: material and metal producing industries, oil, gas and energy industry, food and chemical industry as well as industry clusters with different sectors.

We have already identified significant energy efficiency potentials through the completed case studies and will pursue these and others further by developing and implementing both new and existing technologies and processes.

Selected Highlights

Saving the cold for later:
Decoupling supply and demand

Energy efficiency is a challenge. Due to large variations in the need for cooling, the refrigeration system operates few hours on maximum installed capacity. As a result, refrigeration systems are mostly over-dimensioned for daily operation and uses more electricity than what is necessary. HighEFF is working on a solution to this challenge: CTES technology.

Read the full case here 

Electricity generation
from CO-rich off-gas

Off-gas utilization example: Stand-alone plant at Sauda

Currently, the CO-rich furnace off-gas is flared. But, the combustible gas can be burned for thermal power generation instead, reducing the electricity the plant buys from the grid by 18%.

Read the full case here.

Case: Energy efficient diary plant

New heat pump technology for a more heat efficient dairy plant

Environment-friendly milk production is very important to TINE. When TINE set out to build a new dairy-plant, they involved FME HighEFF to help make it their most energy efficient dairy to date. In this video they explain how they did it.

Find out more details about how we made an energy efficient diary plant in this #SINTEFblog. 


HighEFF is organised in 6 Research Areas (RA). Each RA focuses on different aspekts of energy efficiency in industry. Together they work towards creating a competitive, energy efficient and environmental friendly industry for the future. 

To read more about each RA, and view the 2017 results, click on your desired RA below.

Education is a cornerstone in HighEFF

Education & Training is one of the four corner-stones of FME HighEFF. Within HighEFF's lifetime, 19 PhDs, 3 PostDocs and numerous MSc's will be hired to ensure that future generations are educated within the field of energy efficiency.

In this video we, will hear from Truls Gundersen, Scientific leader in HighEFF. He'll tell us about HighEFF's ambitions for Education & Training. Below, two PhD students and one PostDoc tells us about their work and what it means to them to be part of FME HighEFF.

Education and Recruitment

One important task of HighEFF is to educate master's and doctoral students to become the next generation energy researcher and employees for the industry. During the first period 12 PhD fellows have been recruited and two postdoctoral fellows are in the starting pit. In addition, two master degrees, two summer scientists and one Researcher were recruited.

Our education program also spans across countries and continents. HighEFF academic partners currently include 2 from Norway (NTNU and Nord University), 2 from Europe (KTH , Sweden and University of Manchster, UK), 2 in the US (MIT and Carnegie Mellon University) and 2 in Asia (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and Doshisha University, Japan), a total of 8 universities.

To read more about HighEFF education, researcher training and recruitment, see page 25 in the annual report PDF

Working together towards a common goal

The vision of HighEFF strongly rely on creating good arenas for cooperation between industry, academia and research partners. Our vision is founded on the words of Professor Arne Bredesen, stating that excellent research best can be produced through three means: Knowledge-Friendship-Teamwork. HighEFF will build upon and bridge the good means through common goals, joint research and teamwork.

All partners are able to contribute to the technical discussions and take part in research activities, and affect the direction and ambitions for the next year's work plan. There are many arenas for technical discussions and initiating new activities.

To read more about our collaboration with partners in 2017, see page 11 in the annual report PDF.

Full partner overview here

HighEFF Lab

In June 2017 the National Laboratories for an Energy Efficient Industry (HighEFFLab) was granted a total amount of 50 MNOK funding for upgrading and investments in research infrastructure needed for technological development in the areas of industrial energy efficiency, where large reductions in specific energy use and emissions can be expected: energy efficient processing and surplus heat utilization.

HighEFFLab will include infrastructure for experimental development of equipment for improved utilization of available industrial surplus heat and a reformation of the efficiency in various industry processes.

To read more about HighEFF Lab, see page 14 in the annual report PDF.

Besøk i HighEFFLab
Visit from the Ministry of Education and Research and The Research Council of Norway in HighEFFLab - June 2017. Hostes was  Forskningsrådet i HighEFFLab - juni 2017. Hosts were Ingrid C. Claussen (SINTEF Energy Research) and Olav Bolland (NTNU).

Selected HighEFF blogs

Full Annual Report pdf