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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.