Working Group for Renewable Energy

Increasing focus is being placed on the development of renewable energy in all the Nordic countries. The Working Group for Renewable Energy is charged with supporting the Nordic countries’ efforts…

Increasing focus is being placed on the development of renewable energy in all the Nordic countries. The Working Group for Renewable Energy is charged with supporting the Nordic countries’ efforts in renewable energy development. The group commissions analyses and provides advice to the Energy Ministers of the Nordic countries.

Sustainable Energy Systems 2050

Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 is the seventh edition of Nordic Energy Research’s main research funding programme, spanning from 2011 to 2014. The aim of the programme is to develop new…

Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 is the seventh edition of Nordic Energy Research’s main research funding programme, spanning from 2011 to 2014. The aim of the programme is to develop new knowledge and solutions, supporting the transition to a sustainable energy system in 2050.

Associated projects

Solar Power Plants in the North

This project aims to demonstrate that solar energy can be cost effective at high latitudes and cold climates. At a test site close to the Arctic Circle, the project will employ solar tracking systems to maximise energy output. By keeping solar panels at an optimal angle to the sun, solar tracking systems could be 50% more efficient than static panels at high latitudes.

Developing more competitive bioenergy systems

This project aims to strengthen the role of Nordic forestry as a contributor to the development of competitive and renewable energy systems. By ensuring a more central place for woody biomass in energy production, the goal of fossil independence by 2050 becomes more accessible.

Smart transmission grid operation and control

This project seeks to develop better tools for addressing the increasing need to move electricity across national borders. More interconnected electricity grids in both the Nordic region and Europe are seen as an important facilitator of more sustainable energy systems, and international cooperation is critical in achieving this vision.

Prediction tools for offshore wind energy generation

This project aims to develop prediction tools for offshore wind energy production in order to make wind power production more reliable and efficient in the future. Offshore wind can play an important role in the transition to more sustainable energy systems, and it is critical to be able to predict the interaction between wind farms in order to optimise production.

Nordic power road map 2050: Strategic choices towards carbon neutrality

The Nordic region has the renewable energy potential necessary to create a fully carbon-neutral electricity system. In this project, researchers will analyse scenarios for the Nordic energy system in 2050 to better understand which policies are best suited to achieve this goal.

Combining solar energy technologies for greater efficiency

This project aims to make solar power production more efficient by combining the two main methods of generating electricity from the sun: photovoltaic and thermal conversion. A high efficiency integrated solar energy converter has potential to achieve larger economic and environmental returns than wind, solar, or geothermal power.

Using solar energy and algae to create cost-effective transport fuels

This project aims to make biofuel production more cost effective by converting solar radiation directly to fuel. Typically, the cost of producing feedstock to make biofuels is a major obstacle to its economic viability. By bypassing parts of the biofuel process and directly synthesising fuel from solar energy, the technology could greatly reduce production costs.

Using CO2 and smart grids to create fuels for heavy transport

This project seeks to develop renewable synthetic fuels from CO2 and electricity using advanced electrolyse techniques. These “CO2 Electrofuels” can become a realistic alternative to biofuels in the heavy transport sector.

Nordic initiative for solar fuel development

This project aims to generate renewable transport fuels using sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. By directly converting solar energy to transport fuels, this technology can be more efficient than using electricity from solar panels, or biofuels from plants.

Developing strategies and policy recommendations for energy system transitions

This project aims to provide industry and policy makers with insights and analysis to help guide the decision-making process toward a more sustainable energy system in 2050. To meet our energy and climate goals a major transition in energy systems is necessary, which may require fundamental societal changes. This project will present technology opportunities for this transition.

Nordic region to become warmer and wetter

A new report indicates mainly beneficial impacts of warmer, wetter climate on renewable energy sources in the Nordic and Baltic countries, although safety aspects will have to be considered further…

A new report indicates mainly beneficial impacts of warmer, wetter climate on renewable energy sources in the Nordic and Baltic countries, although safety aspects will have to be considered further.

The project Climate and Energy Systems, funded partly by Nordic Energy Research, has published a report assessing the impacts of 21st century climate change on the development and use of renewable energy our region.The main emphasis is on the utilisation of hydropower, wind power and biomass energy.

 

Working Group for Sparsely Populated Areas

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Working Group for Scarcely Populated Areas has as its main task to support the Nordic countries’ work in securing access to sustainable energy in areas…

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Working Group for Scarcely Populated Areas has as its main task to support the Nordic countries’ work in securing access to sustainable energy in areas that are either isolated or in the periphery of the central energy grid. This work happens through project activities, the exchange of experiences and the forming of networks across borders.

Nordic Energy Research Programme (2007-2010)

Nordic Energy Research’s main research programme for 2007-2010  had  a total budget of 150 million NOK, with 86 million NOK provided by Nordic Energy Research. The program consisted of 16…

Nordic Energy Research’s main research programme for 2007-2010  had  a total budget of 150 million NOK, with 86 million NOK provided by Nordic Energy Research. The program consisted of 16 high quality cooperative projects. The thematic areas of the program were climate and energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, hydrogen technology and energy markets.

Nordic Energy Research launches new large research programmes every fourth year. From 2011 to 2014 our main research programme is “Sustainable Energy Systems 2050”  focusing on one overall theme.

Associated projects

Standards for measuring energy use in buildings with district heating (2007-2010)

Efficient energy production requires the ability to compare different sources of primary energy in terms of their wastefulness. This project developed systems, methods and credible data for calculating how much energy is lost along the way from energy production to the end-user in the building sector and how local industry can be a source of heating and cooling.

Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership (2007-2008)

In cooperation with industry, this network built a strong partnership seeking to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen as a common vehicle fuel in the Scandinavian countries. The project continues with other funding, and has the vision is to make the Scandinavian region one of the first where hydrogen is commercially available from a network of refueling stations.

How climate change will affect the energy sector (2007-2010)

This project improved the decision framework of the Nordic energy sector in the face of the imminent impacts of climate change. Uncertainty about the future of renewable energy resources under climate change is a key issue for the energy sector. While some renewable energy sources may experience an increase in productivity, others may decrease.

Devising policies for integrating electricity from many small sources (2007-2008)

This project aimed to improve the integration of distributed generation as an important tool for developing a well-functioning electricity market in the Nordic region and North-West Russia. Distributed generation means electricity generated from many small energy sources.

Nordic network for sustainable energy systems in isolated locations (2007-2010)

The Nordic Network for Sustainable Energy Systems in Isolated Locations (NordSESIL.net) created network of stakeholders interested in the use of sustainable energy solutions in communities in isolated parts of Nordic region. Much of the Nordic region, especially to the North and West, is isolated from national grid systems – creating a unique energy challenge.

Nordic graduate school in biofuel science and technology (2007-2010)

Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy in the Nordic countries, is also the renewable energy form than can most readily be converted into transport fuels. The Nordic Graduate School in Biofuel Science and Technology played an important role in educating Nordic graduate students in this important field.

Assessing policies for energy market integration (2007-2010)

The further integration of national energy markets is critical in achieving a more sustainable, secure and affordable energy system. This project developed a better understanding of the functioning of energy markets and the implementation and effects of instruments and regulatory regimes.

Nordic Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen Storage Materials (2007-2010)

This Centre of Excellence synthesised, characterised and modelled new materials for use as the primary component in hydrogen storage for mobile applications such as cars and boats.

Nordic Centre of Excellence in Photovoltaics (2007-2010)

The Nordic Centre of Excellence in Photovoltaics (PV) strengthened the cooperation between universities, research institutes and industry in the field of solar energy.

Renewable production of hydrogen using algae (2007-2010)

Hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources is regarded as a highly promising option for energy storage and transportation in the future. This project produced new scientific knowledge related to certain Nordic algae, which has significant potential as a high producer of hydrogen gas.

Analysing the effects of wind energy in the Nordic grid (2007-2010)

Due to environmental concerns, increase in electricity demand and improved wind power economy, the power production from wind energy is growing very fast.  This project aimed to develop models for studying the implications of operating the Nordic grid with a large amount of electric power and energy coming from wind farms.

Improving the energy efficiency of wood-based biofuels (2007-2010)

To avoid the biofuel industry competing with food production, non-edible plants are a more sustainable alternative for raw materials in fuel production. Using Nordic softwood and hardwood, this project aimed to maximise efficiency at every stage of production of wood-based fuel-ethanol.

Automatic meter reading forum (2007-2008)

A common forum was established to encourage cost-effective implementation of Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) solutions in the Nordic countries. By constantly communicating consumption and price information between the electricity meter and the distributor, Automatic Meter Reading allows for much smarter use of electricity.

Arranging the Energy Climate Technology Conference (2007-2009)

This project put on an annual conference, bringing together experts in the energy sector from across the Nordic and Baltic regions to discuss energy issues and topics with a clear focus on future challenges facing the industry.

Adapting fuel cells for cold climates (2007-2009)

The project developed efficient and durable technologies for fuel cell powered vehicles operating in sub-zero environments. The project resulted in a fully operational fuel cell powered forklift and a 40% reduction in production costs.

Making the paper industry more energy efficient (2007-2009)

With rising energy costs, the consequence of saving energy in the mechanical pulping sector has an important impact on the future competitiveness of the Nordic pulp and paper industry. This project aimed to promote increased energy efficiency through new knowledge about essential wood fibers.

Alcohol (Spirits) and Ethers as marine fuel

The main goal of the project is to test the use of methanol and di-methyl ether (DME) as shipping fuels in a full-scale pilot project and to find the best…

The main goal of the project is to test the use of methanol and di-methyl ether (DME) as shipping fuels in a full-scale pilot project and to find the best environmental and economic alternative for a sustainable and successful maritime transport industry.

The Nordic Way

In October 2012, Nordic Energy Research established an online energy portal – The Nordic Way. This portal will serve as a source of visual information on the Nordic energy sector…

In October 2012, Nordic Energy Research established an online energy portal – The Nordic Way. This portal will serve as a source of visual information on the Nordic energy sector that is of relevance to decision makers in the field. The Nordic Way builds on the accomplishments of the Nordic Energy Solutions Project (2009-2011).

Nordic Energy Solutions (2009-2011)

From 2009-2011, Nordic Energy Solutions.org (website no longer in effect, please see http://www.nordicenergy.org/thenordicway/)  was the Nordic Council of Ministers’ official branding and information portal for Nordic competencies in the sustainable energy sector…

From 2009-2011, Nordic Energy Solutions.org (website no longer in effect, please see http://www.nordicenergy.org/thenordicway/ was the Nordic Council of Ministers’ official branding and information portal for Nordic competencies in the sustainable energy sector. The web-based portal presents market-ready solutions, inspirational new projects, as well as research activities and policies from the Nordic region.

100 cool solutions – 1 book

The Cool 100 Book is an initiative illustrating how the task of switching to sustainable energy has been approached in a number of countries with isolated communities and/or cold climates

The Cool 100 Book is an initiative illustrating how the task of switching to sustainable energy has been approached in a number of countries with isolated communities and/or cold climates.

The book, which is the result of funding, from among others Nordic Energy Research, takes a practical approach at describing various initiatives associated with the introduction of new energy supply solutions.

Climate and Energy Systems

A report on impacts, risks and adaptation to climate change in the Nordic and Baltic countries

A report on impacts, risks and adaptation to climate change in the Nordic and Baltic countries.