Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy - ARC

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is in 2017 establishing the Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC). This is an interdisciplinary centre focusing on Arctic challenges and conditions within renewable energy and greenhouse gas management. The centre will combine expertise in physics, humanities, chemistry, social sciences, applied mathematics, marine biology, computer science, and electrical engineering. The initiative will permeate the university in its entirety and will strengthen existing research activities at UiT within the scope of the centre.

The centre is a 110 MNOK initiative by UiT, which will finance eight new professors within renewable energy and greenhouse gas management. Each new professor will receive one PhD student and/or one postdoctoral position at his/her disposal as part of a start-up package. The applicant should value working in an interdisciplinary environment.

The centre’s main objectives are:

  • interdisciplinary R&D excellence within renewable energy and CO2 management in order to create sustainable societies in the Arctic
  • to create an internationally competitive and outstanding environment that is an attractive R&D partner for the commercial and public sectors
  • to ensure that graduates receive high quality education and expertise within renewable energy and CO2 management that is relevant for the business and public sector in the north

The focus themes of the centre, seen in an Arctic context, are ethical and responsible prosumption of distributed renewable electricity, fuels and thermal energy, and an accountable management of greenhouse gases.


– Jeg liker holdningen og ambisjonene her

– Veldig spennende å se den innovasjonen som pågår her. Vi trenger denne type nytenking, forskning og utvikling som dette algeprosjektet er et eksempel på, sa klima- og miljøminister Vidar Helgesen under sitt besøk hos Finnfjord AS torsdag.


PhD winter school in renewable energy

The Arctic cross-disciplinary winter school on "Energy transition in the North" had its first gathering for 14 PhD students from University of Oulu, Luleå University of Technology, UiT The Arctic university of Norway and University of Lapland during the week 12.-18. March. Arctic centre for sustainable energy (ARC) has the lead of the Norwegian part of the school, and associate professor Yngve Birkelund from was travelling together with students,  from Oulu, via Luleå, Jokkmokk, Porjus, Kiruna, Abisko to Narvik.  Here is a short summarizing of this week from him.


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