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 Energy Technology Perspectives 2013

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2013 shows how the Nordic region can achieve a carbon-neutral energy and transport system in 2050. It is the first ever regional edition of the International…

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2013 shows how the Nordic region can achieve a carbon-neutral energy and transport system in 2050. It is the first ever regional edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) renowned global publication Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP). For more information and additional media, click here.

Testing organic solar cells

A better understanding of the fundamental process taking place when operating an organic solar cell was achieved  through cooperation between Northern European partners in the project Morphoso. Organic solar cells…

A better understanding of the fundamental process taking place when operating an organic solar cell was achieved  through cooperation between Northern European partners in the project Morphoso. Organic solar cells have the potential for low production costs, but major tasks still have to be addressed before we will see the technology rolled out on a large scale. Some of these were tackled in a project funded by N-INNER.

The overall aim of the project consortium was to enhance our understanding and contribute to the process of setting the basis for future improvements and thus pushing organic photovoltaics closer to real applications. The three partners combined their practical efforts and academic insights and engaged in fruitful scientific discussions on how to best improve the technology. This exhange of ideas between researchers from different Nordic countries was a valuable contribution to the project and to the advancement of polymer solar cells. Solar cells were built with different materials in all three labs and standard configurations were defined.

An evaluation platform was established that integrates device modelling, processing and characterisation to find the theoretical and experimental correlation between the thin film process, its nanomorphology and the charge carrier generation and transport in organic solar cells. In addition, the project also focused on the stability issue of organic solar cells.

The Morphoso project received 1.24 million Euro in funding from the the N-INNER 1 call in 2007, which was administered by Nordic Energy Research. The project consortium consisted of researchers from Linköping  University (Sweden), Åbo Akademi (Finland) and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany).

For a deeper insight into the results of the project, download the scientific report.

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.

 

Northern European Innovative Energy Research Programme

The Northern European Innovative Energy Research Programme (N-INNER) is a programme fostering unconventional and innovative solutions for sustainable energy systems. Nordic Energy Research operates the programme on behalf of the…

The Northern European Innovative Energy Research Programme (N-INNER) is a programme fostering unconventional and innovative solutions for sustainable energy systems. Nordic Energy Research operates the programme on behalf of the Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Estonia.

Associated projects

Next generation fuel cell materials

This project aims to facilitate the development of fuel cells with low weight, compact design and low cost. A wide implementation of fuel cells will contribute to lower CO2 emissions and improve air quality, especially in urban areas.

Northern Light Emitting Diode initiative

This project brings together a wide range of research fields from materials to social sciences. The participants aim to develop a new type of white Light Emitting Diode (LED) which has a high light quality and is 30% more efficient than common low-energy bulbs.

Creating better membranes for CO2 separation in biofuel production

To increase the efficiency of biofuel production, certain gasses need to be separated from the process. Zeolite membranes are particularly suited to this task, but are not a commercialised technology yet. This project aims to maximise the efficiency of these membranes.

Efficient production of fuels from biomass

Biofuels from cultivated plants or waste products play an important role in reducing the consumption of fossil fuels in the future. This project makes use of an interdisciplinary approach in developing processes for new, biomass-based synthetic fuels.

Converting light and water into Hydrogen

Solar energy is an abundant resource, and hydrogen has potential to be a central energy carrier in our future energy systems. This project aimed to make the production of hydrogen-based fuels using solar energy more cost-efficient.

Using nanotechnology to increase fuel cell durability (2007-2010)

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) are considered a cornerstone technology for a future hydrogen-based economy. However, high costs of materials and insufficient durability hindered widespread its utilisation.  This project used carbon nanotubes (CNT) and nanofibres (CNF) to increase the durability of this promising technology.

Creating more efficient algae-based biofuels (2008-2010)

In producing biomass fuels, it is important to compare production alternatives for various primary sources. This project aimed at optimising algal culturing as a source for biodiesel production, as algae have several advantages to land based biomass. Algae reproduce several times a day, their lipid content is higher than that of terrestrial plants, algal production does not compete for land with food production.

Developing membranes and conductors for fuel cells (2007-2010)

Materials play a significant role in the efficiency of advanced energy technologies. This project developed highly efficient materials for fuel cells and carbon capture and storage. Activities focused both on membranes for the separation hydrogen and on materials with high electrical conductivity.

Testing organic solar cells (2007-2010)

This project aimed to find ways to enhance our understanding of how best to use organic materials for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. It developed a platform for the evaluation of organic photovoltaic solar cells.

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.

Nordic Energy Technology Scoreboard 2010 (2009-2010)

The Nordic Energy Technology Scoreboard provides a tool for understanding the state of low-carbon energy technology development in the Nordic region. It presents a series of indicators for the Nordic…

The Nordic Energy Technology Scoreboard provides a tool for understanding the state of low-carbon energy technology development in the Nordic region. It presents a series of indicators for the Nordic region to facilitate comparison and analysis of progress in technology development. The project also provided recommendations for future indicator development.

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).

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…

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.