Annual report HighEFF 2018
Energy preservation and security is a global challenge. There is a global energy shortage, and the way we use and produce energy today is causing greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate changes.
HighEFF will build an internationally leading Centre for strategic research within industrial energy efficiency. Supporting the EU energy targets, HighEFF will enable a 20-30 % reduction in specific energy use and 10 % in emissions.
Read more about HighEFF in the complete report at the bottom of this page.
Greetings from the Director
Petter Røkke, Centre Director HighEFF
His current position is 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 in the full annual report at the bottom of this page.
2018 by the numbers
The story of CO2 as a refrigerant
Carbon Dioxide is so often cast as the villain in climate change debates. Yet that very same substance along with other natural working fluids has the potential to cut more emissions than any other climate change mitigation technology. Now HighEFF is poised to build on years of Norwegian research and push the technology through to commercialisation in new areas.
Teaching industry an integrating approach to energy efficiency
If HighEFF is to succeed with its ambition to transform Norwegian industry over the long-term, then finding ways to effectively transfer knowledge from research into practical industrial use is essential. To kick-start that important goal of HighEFF, Scientific Leader Truls Gundersen has put together an energy eﬃciency course that he will deliver to a diverse cross-section of Norwegian industry during 2020.
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: Know ledgeFriendship-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. In addition to all the meetings for specific sectors, research areas, topics, activities or tasks, 2018 saw the following larger meeting places and workshop open for all partners:
- The videos featured here are from the Cross-sector Workshop. The workshop highlighted both the sector-specific and the wide-relevance technology development, barriers and enablers (held 24-25 October)
- Annual Consortium meeting held in Trondheim on 2 and 3 May
Education is a cornerstone in HighEFF
One important task of HighEFF is to educate masters and doctoral students to become the next generation energy researcher and employees for the industry. During 2018, 5 PhD students and 3 postdoctoral fellows have been recruited, bringing the total number of candidates to 22, 17 PhDs and 5 Post.docs. In addition, 8 master students have completed their theses related to HighEFF.
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 2018 results, click on your desired RA below.
In 2018, HighEFF Lab showed great progress, with several new HighEFF Lab installations. Some test facilities are still in the planning and calculation phase, while others are almost up and running.
The HighEFF Lab research infrastructures consists of more than 12 different installations. Her facilities; the two new big installations, HerculEx and the Expander test rig, are still in the design phase. The Natural refrigerants Laboratory consists of seven different installations, of which two is more or less in "shake down" or operating mode, four will be ready early 2019 while one is still in the design phase. As an example, the propane-butane cascade heat pump with prototype compressors from Dorin has already been in use and the installation can deliver hot water at 115 °C without the use of fossil fuels and is 2.5 times as energy efficient as direct driven boilers.
Read more about HighEFF Lab in the full annual report or visit this page.
Selected HighEFF blogs
HighEFF Cross-sector Workshop 2018
24th and 25th October we hosted one of the two annual workshops for the FME HighEFF consortium. Over 100 participants from industry, R&D…
What are Phase Change Materials? (Will they be the next big thing in Norway?)
There is more and more fuss about Phase Change Materials, better known as PCMs. Experts say they are close to maturity as solutions…
Matchmaking for industry sectors for waste heat utilization
One of the goals of HighEFF is to provide recommendations that can help newly-started industries to locate in industrial parks. The advantage of…
HighEFF Annual Meeting – Picture Blogg
On 2 and 3 May, 86 participant from the HighEFF Consortium met at the HighEFF Annual Meeting 2018 in Trondheim. The focus was…
Saving the cold for later: Decoupling supply and demand
Blogger: Håkon Selvnes, PhD student at NTNU working on the HighEFF project Energy efficiency is a challenge. Due to large variations in the…