Nordgrid Program

NordGrid is a research, development, and demonstration program focusing on smart electricity transmission. The future offers many challenges for the Nordic electricity systems - the share of unstable production is…

NordGrid is a research, development, and demonstration program focusing on smart electricity transmission.

The future offers many challenges for the Nordic electricity systems – the share of unstable production is increasing, the cost level increases, lack of public support for new infrastructure, and an increasing risk of cyber attacks.

These challenges are known in all Nordic countries, and in many cases the challenges can only be overcome with common policies, routines and control systems.

By addressing the challenges at a Nordic level synergies can be achieved and common solutions increase the opportunities for:

  • a more tightly integrated infrastructures with power exchange capacity
  • a common marketplace for energy and energy related services
  • a complementary production structure of the Nordic countries (hydro with storage, wind, nuclear, combined heat and power from biomass and possibly gas with CO2 capture and storage)
  • exchange and strengthening the competencies and capacities at the Nordic universities and research institutions.

Increased digitization will have a positive effect on the synergies.

A joint Nordic co-operation to develop the electricity infrastructure of the future will reduce the overall research and investment costs.

A long Nordic tradition of co-operation on the development and operation of infrastructure and markets is based on common challenges and solutions, but also on a high level of trust and openness, which creates a good foundation for efficient co-operation, when the Nordic countries create common solutions for the transmission of electricity,” says Klaus Skytte, CEO at Nordic Energy Research.

Applying for the call

Nordic Energy Research is currently accepting applications to the call for Nordgrid.

In this first call, the applicants are invited to investigate how to;

Reduce future digital vulnerability in the Nordic transmission system.

We strongly encouraged applicants to contact a Nordic TSO for possible consortium collaboration before applying for funding from one of the national financiers and Nordic Energy Research.

Read the full call text and apply here

Nordgrid MatchMaking

By filling out the following matchmaking form, your research interests and contact information will be published on our website to make it easier for individuals and organizations to explore the possibility of creating relevant consortia.

The matchmaking form is updated regularly. When you see someone with the same research interests as you, or someone it might be interesting to get in touch with to discuss the possibility of further collaboration, feel free to do so.

Link to matchmaking form

Link to response form

Interested parties should also keep in mind that the Nordic Transmission System Operators (TSO) have expressed a strong interest in joining research consortia for the NordGrid call.
Read this article for more information.

Background and previous work

The idea of a Nordic research, development and demonstration program began back in 2017, as a part of the strategy development 2018-2021 for Nordic Energy Research.

In connection with the strategy work, it quickly became clear that the role of digitization is an important topic for the present and future energy sector.

Input from stakeholders and Nordic TSOs gave reason to believe that a Nordic research, development, and demonstration program focusing on smart electricity transmission could provide Nordic added value.

A dialogue process between Nordic Energy Research, some national financiers and several Nordic transmission system operators (TSOs) began and the research program Nordgrid was developed.

At the end of 2020 Nordic Energy Research and three national financiers (The Swedish Energy Agency, Innovation Fund Denmark and Business Finland) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to finance the NordGrid program.

And a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the participating Nordic TSOs, in which the TSOs state that they will consider providing for projects either through funding or in-kind contributions.

Management and Contact

Kevin Johnsen
Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 478 50 782
Email: kevin.johnsen@nordicenergy.org

Svend Søyland
Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 474 87 930
Email: svend.soyland@nordicenergy.org

 

NordGrid call is open – The Nordic TSOs are looking for co-operation

Thursday the 11th of March marks a milestone for the NordGrid Program as the first call opens. Nordic Energy Research is pleased to announce that the Nordic TSOs have shown…

Thursday the 11th of March marks a milestone for the NordGrid Program as the first call opens.

Nordic Energy Research is pleased to announce that the Nordic TSOs have shown a strong support for the program and are open to contributing and collaborating with project applicants.

In this first call, applicants are invited to investigate how to; “Decrease the future digital vulnerability of the Nordic Transmission system”. Later calls within the program will investigate other important challenges.

The NordGrid Program is established by the national financiers together with Nordic Energy Research, and supported by the Nordic TSOs, in order to promote development and demonstration in the field of smart electricity transmission.

Nordic co-operation to develop the electricity infrastructure of the future will reduce overall research and investment costs and increase the speed of innovation. The long Nordic tradition of co-operation on the development and operation of infrastructure and marketplaces is based on common challenges and solutions.

The high level of trust and openness in Nordic societies promotes co-operation and efficiency even when dealing with critical infrastructure such as electricity transmission systems, says Klaus Skytte, CEO, Nordic Energy Research.

Read the full call text and apply here

Co-operation with the Nordic Transmission System Operators (TSOs)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Nordic TSOs for possible consortium co-operation before applying for funding from one of the National Financiers and Nordic Energy Research.

During the design of the program, Nordic Energy Research and the national financiers have been in dialogue with the Nordic Transmission System Operators (TSOs) to ensure that the program is relevant and have significant impact.

The Nordic TSOs will consider providing to projects either by funding or in-kind contributions.

Financing of and co-operation on a Nordic program for R&D in this field is important for the future Nordic co-operation on the transmission system. We hope that interested research organisations, institutes or businesses will contact our research directors and propose their ideas, states the R&D group of the Nordic TSOs

Webinar:

The call will be presented to interested applicants at a webinar, Monday the 22. of March. At the webinar the Nordic TSOs will also present their own prioritised research topics. Register here

Read more and apply:

All information regarding the call can be found here

Contact and questions:

For questions regarding the call, please contact:

  • Kevin Johnsen, Senior Adviser, Mail: kevin.johnsen@nordicenergy.org
  • Svend Søyland, Senior Adviser, Mail: svend.søyland@nordicenergy.org

For questions and proposals for co-operation with the TSOs, please contact:

  • Energinet, Nicolaj Nørgaard Peulicke, Mail: nnp@energinet.dk
  • Fingrid, Jussi Matilainen, Mail: Jussi.Matilainen@fingrid.fi
  • Statnett, Anders Granum, Mail: Anders.Granum@statnett.no
  • Svenska Kraftnät, Robert Eriksson, Mail: Robert.Eriksson@svk.se

Joint Call 2019 on Energy Storage Solutions (“MICall19”)

A fundamental transformation of our energy systems towards a sustainable, low carbon and climate-friendly economy that is designed to last is required to meet the obligations of the Paris agreement…

A fundamental transformation of our energy systems towards a sustainable, low carbon and climate-friendly economy that is designed to last is required to meet the obligations of the Paris agreement. Achieving a largely decarbonised energy system by 2050 will require the integration of many new energy solutions and ‘first of a kind’ technologies.

To exploit the full potential of renewable energy sources, new, holistic solutions for energy storage are critical. As renewable energy sources are inherently variable, storage of surplus energy to provide peak load supply security is crucial. A large surplus of energy is also necessary for inter-seasonal energy storage.

The JPP ERA-Net SES and Mission Innovation initiatives are therefor launching a call for proposals on RDD projects developing energy storage solutions to meet the requirements of the sustainable energy system. Please, find the full call text and further information on the JPP ERA-Net SES webpage.

Nordic Energy Research may support research within public and private entities such as:

– Universities and research institutes (100% funding intensity)
– Companies (50% funding intensity, subject to state aid rules)
– Municipalities (100% funding intensity, special rules may apply)

Nordic Energy Research may offer support to Nordic and Baltic project partners if there are a minimum of two Nordic and/or Baltic partners from two different Nordic and/or Baltic countries involved in a project.  As national funding agencies of Denmark, Finland and Sweden are already involved in the call on a national basis, Nordic Energy Research will prioritise to fund project partners from Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in order to expand Nordic involvement and transnational collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic region. However, remaining funds may also be issued to project partners from Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Each project involving minimum two Nordic and/or Baltic partners may apply for up till €200 000 in support from Nordic Energy Research. Eligible costs that may be covered for a project partner may be personnel costs, travel costs, consultancy, material costs, laboratory costs, equipment costs, patent and/or indirect costs (only academia).


Timing and deadlines of the Joint Call 2019

Call Opening: 18 September 2019

Launch and matchmaking events: Events fall 2019

Compulsory advisory period: 18 September 2019 – 22 January 2020

Compulsory registration of interest deadline: 12 November 2019, 14:00 CET

Proposal submission deadline:  22 January 2020, 14:00 CET

National/regional eligibility and evaluation period:  January – April 2020

Selection period:  April – May 2020

Deadline funding decision feedback: 5 May 2020

Expected project start: Before 15 December 2020


State aid rules/De Minimis Aid obligations
Companies applying for funds from NER are required to abide by state aid rules. All grants from NER must comply with the aid rules of the European Union and the Agreement on the European Economic Area (The EEA Agreement). However, organisations under The Nordic Council of Ministers were given new guidelines for State Aid as of 2019, and these applies a.o. for NER.

The support offered is being granted in compliance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 1407/2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid, published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 352 from 24.12.2013.

Grants from NER for the Joint Call 2019 comes from the five Nordic governments and a Nordic undertaking is allowed to receive up to € 200,000 of de minimis aid from each of the Nordic Countries. Consequently, a Nordic company can receive up to 1,000,000 EUR over a rolling period of three fiscal years from NER under the de minimis regulation, given that the company has received no grants as De Minimis Aid prior to this grant.

Gender balance and gender perspectives
Gender awareness improves the quality of Nordic research and research collaboration. Both gender balance among researchers and gender perspectives on research topics increase the quality of research and of policy decisions with implications for the society. Gender balance aims at a balance between men and women. Gender perspectives on research topics aim at exposing gender-based differences because they often impact the research results significantly. As such, Nordic Energy Research will aim to support research proposals where a gender balance of minimum of 40%/60% is implemented, both among project participants and managers/team leaders, and that address gender perspectives as part of the proposed research activities. For more information, please also find Nordic Energy Research’s gender policy here.

Flexible demand for electricity and power: Barriers and opportunities

Demand side flexibility is the ability of power consumers to reduce their demand in periods of peak load, possibly shifting demand to other periods. The organisation for the Nordic energy…

Demand side flexibility is the ability of power consumers to reduce their demand in periods of peak load, possibly shifting demand to other periods. The organisation for the Nordic energy regulators, NordREG, has ordered this study to explore demand side flexibility in a Nordic perspective. The study contains a literature survey of demand side flexibility and assess the potential for, and benefit of demand side flexibility. Based on the survey, the report highlights implementation barriers and possible contributions from to reducing these barriers. Existing barriers are e.g lack of ICT, automation services, smart meters and real-time prices. The greatest potential for demand side flexibility in the Nordics is within residential space heating. The value of demand side flexibility is uncertain, but may be 1-2 billion SEK per year.

Demand side flexibility in the Nordic electricity market: From a Distribution System Operator Perspective

The organisation for the Nordic energy regulators, NordREG, has ordered this study to explore status of demand side flexibility among Nordic distribution system operators (DSOs). Demand side response is a…

The organisation for the Nordic energy regulators, NordREG, has ordered this study to explore status of demand side flexibility among Nordic distribution system operators (DSOs). Demand side response is a question of mobilising potential flexibility in how and when end users choose to use energy, and how such flexibility can provide value to the network. Network value can be reduced or deferred investments, better system reliability or other system cost reductions. This report addresses concepts for utilising demand response and related regulatory issues. The report also includes an interview study among selected DSOs in the Nordic countries. This addresses current status, how flexibility can be a value for their business, what they see as barriers and planned activities relating to demand response.

Nordic data hubs in electricity system: Differences and similarities

The Nordic ministries and regulators aim to harmonise the electricity retail markets to reduce market entry barriers for retailers from the other Nordic countries, hence promoting competition and customer choice…

The Nordic ministries and regulators aim to harmonise the electricity retail markets to reduce market entry barriers for retailers from the other Nordic countries, hence promoting competition and customer choice and reduced costs of operating in different national markets. The Electricity Market Group under the Nordic Council off Ministers gave THEMA Consulting Group the task of analysing how the datahub projects can support the harmonisation process.

This study explores the design and functionalities of existing and planned data hubs and how data hubs can contribute towards more harmonised end-user markets. Two main recommendations are made; enabling interoperability between hubs, and establishing an advisory group to identify regulatory and technical barriers to harmonisation and propose measures.

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