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

“While decarbonizing electricity is still a central challenge for much of the world, the Nordic case offers insight into how a clean electricity system can be achieved and how it can facilitate decarbonization of other sectors.” – SES 2050 Report

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