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

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