Stiftinga Vestlandsforsking / Western Norway Research Institute (WNRI) is a leading research institute on critical and cross-disciplinary research. The competence is wide, covering social studies, natural sciences, technology and the humanities. The institute is highly specialised in two main areas: i) environmental analysis in the field of industrial ecology, nanotechnology and energy-efficiency, and ii) applied ICT, database design and development.
WNRI was established in 1984, and has since accrued a highly recognised expertise in servicing a wide range of public and private institutions, at the European, national and local level. WNRI has substantial expertise in the field of environmental impacts. industrial ecology and nanotechnology from research projects conducted within the last 10-15 years. The institute’s competence in life cycle assessment (LCA) has been gained through application in a wide range of industrial sectors. Among the researchers taking part in the proposed project there is also high expertise from international (USA and China) industrial and academic research, particularly connected to behaviour, energy use and environmental and health impacts.
WNRI has been extensively involved in international collaborative projects as coordinator and partner. This has given the institute substantial expertise in the coordination of such projects. This is the case for the institute as a whole and is also a strength within the environment research group, which will be active in this project.
WNRI has coordinated three, and been partner in four other, pilot actions in EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE). WNRI was Coordinatorfor the other Norwegian contributions in the FP6 ENERGY Integrated Project HyWays - The Developmen and Detailed Evaluation of a Harmonised “European Hydrogen Energy Roadmap”. WNRI coordinated the FP6 NMP SSA “Europe - China Cooperation in Green Electronics Production Research“(EC-GEPRO), which focused on the development of knowledge, network and technology for the production of environmentally friendly electronic products. Through the capacity of coordination of EC-GEPRO, WNRI gained substantial experience with international cooperation, including with a series of Chinese research groups. The competence of WNRI was further strengthened by the fact that the EC-GEPRO Coordinator was indeed Otto Andersen who is team leader for WNRI in the proposed action. He has also led the WNRI contributions in the following other EU and EEA projects:
- Utilization of CRT waste in the glass tiles manufacturing process. Developing technological parameters (CRT Tile). Funding: EEA Grants / Norway Grants.
- Influence of bioethanol fuels treatment for operational performance, ecological properties and GHG emissions of spark ignition engine (BIOTRETH). Funding: EEA Grants / Norway Grants.
- Functional joining of dissimilar materials using directed self-assembly of nanoparticles by capillary-bridging (HyperConnect). Funding: European Commission (EC) FP7-NMP
- Development of a competitive 0 GWP dry process to reduce the dramatic water consumption in the ever-expanding solar cells manufacturing industry (SOLNOWAT). Funding: European Commission (EC) FP7-SME.