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SiNoPSE Project

SiNoPSE is a Sino-Norwegian Partnership on Sustainable Energy between Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and Tsinghua University (THU).


SiNoPSE represents an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable energy – merging technology, design and society. An integrated approach towards sustainable energy requires cooperation and communication between different types of partners, stakeholders and public. The partnership is mainly based on peer-to- peer interfaces between the three universities and their local support clusters of industry, city, research and education networks. A strong partnership between NTNU, SJTU and THU in SiNoPSE will be able to engage key research, education and industry partners in Norway and China, stimulate successful practice and facilitate its replicability, by facilitating knowledge transfer and mutual learning, documenting ongoing experiences, and helping avoid pitfalls already encountered by others.

The partnership builds on the Joint Research Center between NTNU and SJTU (website link) and the Joint Research Programme (website link) and includes:

  • The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (NTNU, FME-ZEB)
  • The Research Centre on Sustainable Energy Studies (NTNU, FME-CENSES)
  • The Bio-Energy Innovation Centre (NTNU, FME-CenBIO)
  • The Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (NTNU, FME-CEDREN)
  • Center for Combustion Energy (THU, CCE)
  • Institute of Internal Combustion Engine/Center for Combustion and Environmental Technology (SJTU)

SiNoPSE aims to create a triple helix collaboration on sustainable energy between NTNU, THU and SJTU, and their local networks of research, industries and cities. SJTU and THU are the leading Chinese universities in sustainable energy, from a technology and societal perspective respectively. THU and SJTU have substantial activities in the energy area with internationally recognized research groups in strategically important science fields and are thus in a good position to contribute in the global transition process towards sustainable energy.

The interdisciplinary group contributes to two major Thematic Strategic Areas at NTNU: Energy and Sustainability.

China is one of the world’s largest markets for low-carbon energy technologies, and China has an important role in driving down prices and increasing the usage of these technologies. How China places itself within low-carbon technologies and sustainable consumption will have great consequences for Norwegian industry interests. It is especially significant to have knowledge about Chinese energy policy and transition strategies, as well as functioning networks with researchers in China and researchers studying China.


NTNU has selected SJTU and THU as institutional strategic partners in the energy field, and combined they provide a perfect match for NTNU Energy. SJTU is one of the leading Chinese universities with a strong emphasis on technology and energy, on which they advise Chinese policy. THU is a trusted adviser to Chinese policy makers in energy societal questions, expressing concern about real-world implementation of environmental solutions in China.