The Institute was founded in 1948, and is today an independent foundation. The annual turnover is approximately NOK 775 million, and IFE has about 600 employees. IFE’s vision is to be an internationally leading energy research institute. IFE's ethical guidelines and basic values (pdf).
IFE’s main tasks:
- Develop profitable, safe and environmental friendly technology within renewable energy, petroleum extraction and CO2 management
- Maintain and further develop national expertise within reactor safety, radiation protection and nuclear technology based on the Halden and JEEP II reactors
- Utilise the Institute’s unique nuclear reactor safety expertise in other spheres of society
- Conduct basic research in physics based on the JEEP II reactor at Kjeller
IFE’s research aims at contributing to the advancement of Norwegian technological expertise. The Institute should be the Norwegian centre of expertise on nuclear technology.
The Halden Reactor Project, administered by the Institute for Energy Technology, is an international research cooperation on reactor safety.
IFE also cooperates with “Lillestrøm Centre of Expertise” (Kunnskapsbyen Lillestrøm). The Centre has sprung out from the large number of technology- and science institutions at Kjeller, and is an interest organisation for knowledge enterprises in the region Nedre Romerike. More information at www.kunnskapsbyen.no