Hege Brende steps down as HydroCen director

Hege Brende leaves HydroCen to take a position at the Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) at the beginning of February 2020.

HydroCen (Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). The FME scheme is established by the Norwegian Research Council.)  The main objective is to enable hydropower to meet complex challenges and exploit new opportunities through innovative technological solutions.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the host institution and is the main research partner together with SINTEF Energy Research and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).

HydroCen has about 50 national and international partners from industry, R&D institutes and universities.

The annual budget is NOK 48 mill per year, total NOK 384 mill in eight years, and Brende has been the managing director since the start in 2016.

NTNU, as project owner and host institution, has already started the recruiting process to ensure that a new manager is in place as soon as possible.


Professor Terese Løvås, head of the host department, NTNU

Professor Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug, HydroCens research activity

About HydroCen

HydroCen is a Research Center for Environmentally friendly Energy. Our goal is to develop knew technology and knowledge so hydropower can meet new challenges and enable the transition to a fully renewable energy system.

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