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Meet the founders and the people behind EFIF. 

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Ketil Kjenseth



Christian Anton Smedshaug

Board member


Øystein Botillen

Board member


Petter Jenssen

Deputy board member



EFIF was initiated by The Energy Farm in Brandbu, Norway - and The Energy and Resourcse Insitute (TERI) in India. 


For over two decades The Energy Farm in Norway has worked for a better world through the use of bioenergy. TERI is an award winning research insitute based in New Dehli, India. It has been working in the area of renewable energy, especially solar and biomass energy, development and use of eco-friendly technologies and sustainable habitats and all aspects of sustainable development including training and capacity building, during the last 35 years. 


Together TERI and The Energy Farm found mutual goals - and hope to contribute to a better and more sustainable world. 

















The Energy Farm – Center for Bioenergy, Norway






The Energy Farm Centre in Norway was established in 1991 by Erik Eid Hohle, on the family farm Eidsalm about 80 km north of Oslo. Eriks background as a researcher within forestry and energy, and the farm resources especially within forestry, were preconditions for the establishment and growth of the centre.


The Energy Farm (Energigården in norwegian) in Norway has been an important actor for the promotion of bioenergy in Norway since the very start in 1991. In 2007 it was entitled Centre for bioenergy by the the Ministry of Agriculture. The same year the Energy Farm received the Bioenergy Prize from the Nordic Council of Ministers, as a recognition for the work to promote knowledge on how to produce and use bioenergy in an economically sustainable way. 


Eidsalm farm is now handed over to the son Anders Møyner Eid Hohle, and will continue as a family farm and an active demonstration site for a number of the relevant technologies. Anders has his background as an research officer in bioenergy forest operations at NiBio (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research).


The Energy Farm Centre has been an important force in the development of bioenergy businesses, and has contributed to the development of a number of SMEs within bioenergy. It has managed several development projects within the local community, the country and within the EU. Examples are “Bioenergyregion of Hadeland”, “Arena Bioenergy Innland”, “Campaign for energy efficiency and reduced emissions of GHG’s in agriculture” and the IEE project «Sustainable Energy in Rural Communities». The Energy Farm Centre is a family owned company and  the  general manager is Erik Eid Hohle.


The Energy Farm has a handful of employees with master degree or more within relevant subjects, and experience from domestic as well as international work within research, education, management of projects and businesses and international development cooperation. There is established a solid cooperation with a number of universities and colleges within education, demonstrations and development projects. Besides this comes personnel at the farm working with the running of the agriculture, forestry and practical bioenergy activities.


Since the very start the Energy Farm has developed international networks in the Nordic countries, as well as in Germany, England, Austria, Croatia, France, Poland, the Baltics, Ukraine, Kenya Japan, USA, and India and others. In recent years the focus on international work has been strengthened. Feasibility studies for new Energy Farm Centres are done in Ukraine, Kenya, Myanmar and India and cooperation with TERI resulted in the establishment of EFIF in august 2014.


The Energy Farm Centre and EFIF will work in line with the Norwegian governments’ ambitions to increase production and consumption of renewable energy in Norway and cooperating countries, through education, information and business development in rural areas.


Visit The Energy Farm Norway´s webpage HERE. 


The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India







TERI is one of the largest research and development institutions within renewable energy and sustainable use of resources, with its main office in Delhi and subdivisions in 30 countries.


TERI was founded in 1974, aiming to deal with and handle the enormous environmental problems humanity face in the years to come, especially problems due to the gradually depletion of the limited fossil resources and the existing pollutant use of these resources. The institute has grown substantially throughout the years, and has launched its own research business and the establishment of a university, with basis in New Delhi.


The central element of the philosophy of TERI has been its ability to combine entrepreneur skills to create benefits for the community through development and communication in terms of research, education and demonstration projects. The drive is its vision of a future where the major environmental challenges are solved. TERI is based in India, and has local offices in North-America, Europe, Japan, Malaysia and the Persian Gulf.


TERI arranges annually the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), a large event focused on sustainable development, working for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and evaluation of the progress on these areas worldwide. DSDS gather the most prominent thinkers and practitioners and is founded on partnership. Participants in DSDS are leaders from governments, private economies, multilateral and bilateral organisations, research, academia and the civil society. Encouraged by DSDS’ success, TERI has established World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF), directed by a group of chosen leaders, including Jens Stoltenberg.  WSDF aims to expand to other parts of the world and keep a close eye on the development worldwide, especially the MDGs.


The institute established TERI University in 1999. The university is a unique institution for higher education leading to master degrees and PhDs. TERI has more than 1200 employees, from a wide range of disciplines. Its facilities are outstanding examples of state-of-the-art.


TERI has established a team to follow up the cooperation with the Energy Farm Centre. 


Visit TERIs webpage HERE.


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