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

Call for proposals to the Nordic Energy Outlooks Program

The call for proposals for the Nordic Energy Outlooks - Nordic energy system research Program (NEOs) is open. The program is financed by Nordic Energy Research together with The Research…

The call for proposals for the Nordic Energy Outlooks – Nordic energy system research Program (NEOs) is open. The program is financed by Nordic Energy Research together with The Research Council of Norway, The Danish Energy Agency, and The Swedish Energy Agency.

The aim of the call is to create a forum for collaboration between different groups and institutions researching Nordic energy systems.

Read more about the program here

Apply here and register for the info-webinars

The Programme will add Nordic and national value by:

  • Strengthening Nordic cooperation in this field, creating links and facilitating knowledge tranfers between national expert groups. The Nordic energy system is highly interconnected, analyses of energy systems must build not only on knowledge of the national systems but also neighbouring systems
  • Facilitating synthesis of current national research results and benchmarking these on a regional level. Due to the degree of interconnectedness, some topics, – e.g. electricity markets are best analyzed at a regional level.
  • Increasing awareness of the competencies of neighbouring research groups and possible partners for future calls. The different national expert groups have specific knowledge of sub-sectors in the field.
  • Bringing together national research groups with specific knowledge of sub-sectors in the field to investigate similar research questions would give additional insights into how methodology, models and assumptions influence results.
  • Adding value by identifying areas where the Nordic countries could and should work together to increase their knowledge and facilitate a coordinated view of important challenges facing the region.

Applying for the call
Any Research Performing Organisation (RPO) with expertise in energy system modeling and that is based in one of the Nordic countries is welcome to apply. It is possible to apply both as an individual organisation and as a consortium of organisations from the same country, if this is better suited to ongoing modelling activities.

Apply here and register for the info-webinars

Simon Vilms Pedersen wins the Nordic Energy Challenge

With his proposal On the Road to Nordic Decarbonization 2050  Simon Vilms Pedersen is this year’s winner of the Nordic Energy Challenge. Along with the winning title comes a prize…

With his proposal On the Road to Nordic Decarbonization 2050  Simon Vilms Pedersen is this year’s winner of the Nordic Energy Challenge. Along with the winning title comes a prize of 50.000 NOK.

“My proposal is about using the large amounts of data that the satellites collect daily, in the green transition. Satellites can monitor how weather events, such as precipitation and drought, affect primary energy sources and thus help improve energy forecasts. The data can give us an overview of renewable energy sources, but also function as a decision-making tool for the supply network. Thus, satellites can play an active role not only in the green transition, but also in the green bioeconomy,” explains Simon, who holds a Ph.D. in Engineering specialized in Biotechnology and Biophotonics from University of Southern Denmark and is right now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College, London.

 

 

Nordic added value
The aim of the Nordic Energy Challenge is to encourage energy stakeholders to come up with innovative proposals for contributing to the green transition.

“Nordic Energy Challenge aims to shape innovative research and promote new ideas with exciting perspectives that bring added value to the Nordic region,” says Klaus Skytte, Chairman of the jury and CEO at Nordic Energy Research.

To select the best of the submitted proposals, a jury of representatives from Nordic Energy Research and the Nordic energy community have assessed each proposal with respect to:

  • Selected research question and the relevance of barriers for a sustainable and integrated Nordic region.
  • Choice of working method(s) and approaches to handle the chosen barriers.
  • Level of innovative thinking on the suggested solution(s) in relation to what is feasible and developable.
  • Ability to describe and analyze barriers, scenarios, and sustainable solutions in a clear and insightful way that is communicative and inspires to further involvement.
  • Consideration of and emphasis on Nordic interests, Nordic added value and the role of Nordic energy research collaboration throughout the proposal.

On the basis of these criteria, the jury chose Simon as the winner of the Nordic Energy Challenge, 2020.

Two other awards
In addition to the winning prize, two other proposals were also awarded at the online event.

Claire Bergaentzlé, Philipp Andreas Gunkel, Daniel Møller Sneum & Adam Krzysztof Suski – a team of researchers at the Technical University of Denmark – got a second place with their proposal; Flexibility in the Nordics. Read an interview about the proposal here.

And the third place was awarded to Marianne Zeyringer’s proposal; Unlocking the renewable energy potential in the Nordics. Read an interview with Marianne here. 

Nordic Energy Research congratulates all the award recipients on their excellent work.

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress is a brief, illustrative report that charts Nordic progress towards a carbon neutral society by highlighting the most prominent trends and examining scenarios where Nordic…

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress is a brief, illustrative report that charts Nordic progress towards a carbon neutral society by highlighting the most prominent trends and examining scenarios where Nordic solutions can have a global impact. The report illustrates – for multiple technologies and key parameters – the latest progress in technology development and penetration, as well as market creation.

Nordic Energy Research and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives (NETP) report in both 2013 and 2016. Together, these publications represent the largest-ever collaborative IEA initiative on regional long-term, cost-efficient, low-carbon technology pathways. This report applies the global energy scenarios of the IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) to the Nordic countries, utilising rich national data and addressing opportunities and challenges specific to the Nordic countries.

Fig 1.2: Nordic CO2 emissions and economic growth by sector

This report also aims to provide useful analytical insights into the progress made by the Nordic countries towards achieving Nordic Carbon Neutrality in line with the initiative adopted by the Nordic prime ministers in Helsinki in January 2019.

Get the report

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress first published in 2019, launched on October 1st in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The second edition of the report was released in April 2020 and provides updated figures and statistics, as well as a new section on the energy transition in Europe and the rest of the world.

Click the “download publication” button above for a PDF, or visit the publications page. Hard copies can be ordered by contacting Nordic Energy Research.

Watch a presentation of the 2019 edition

COP 25
Presentation of 2019 report from COP 25 on 12.12.19 from senior adviser Bo Diczfalusy:

 

Next Steps for Climate Action

Presentation of the 2019 report from the event “Next Steps for Climate Action” 26.11.2019 by senior adviser Kevin Johnsen, time code 00:38:30 – 

 

Are we on track?

The Bigger Picture

All five Nordic countries have seen significant increases in the utilisation of renewable energy and the total Nordic primary energy demand per capita has been stable in recent decades. The Nordic region has achieved a steady decoupling of GDP from energy-related CO2 emissions and declining CO2 intensity in energy supply in recent decades. Progress in industry, transport, and buildings represents the biggest challenge. Energy efficiency and decarbonisation of end-use sectors need to play a prominent role in this decoupling going forward.

TRANSFORMING THE POWER SECTOR

CO2 emissions from power generation have been reduced by more than one-third during the last ten years. Deployment of wind power and a fuel shift from coal and gas to biomass have been key to this transformation.

 

BOOSTING BIOENERGY

Overall demand for bioenergy has been increasing slightly over the past ten years, particularly for biofuels used in transport. Nonetheless, bioenergy is still mainly used for heating in the Nordic countries. Moving forward, these limited bioenergy resources will have to be used for high-quality biofuels for heavy transport, industries and the chemical sector.

 

ELECTRIFICATION OF TRANSPORT

Electrification is the key measure of long-term CO2 reduction in the transport sector. Norway is the global leader in the deployment of EVs with a current market share exceeding 50%, yet on the Nordic level EV’s only make up 4% of the total car fleet.

 

ELECTRIFICATION OF HEAT SUPPLY

Electrification of heating will free up biomass resources for other purposes and facilitate efficient integration of wind and solar power. The Nordic countries have high shares of individual electric heat pumps and they have ambitions to scale up the role of electricity for district heating.

 

 

 

 

DECARBONISATION OF INDUSTRY

The Nordic region is relatively energy and material efficient. Both factors have been key for competitiveness. Exploitation of residual heat and further decarbonisation of the industrial sector represent major technological and political challenges. Energy related CO2 emissions have dropped 25% during the last 10 years.

 

ENERGY EFFICIENT & SMART BUILDINGS

The average energy demand of Nordic buildings has decreased only slightly over the last ten years, despite major potentials for energy renovation. However, CO2 emissions per square metre have dropped markedly on the back of a large decrease in the use of oil burners.

 

GREEN MOBILITY

An increased focus on liveability and climate change demands new solutions for urban transport. Nordic cities are developing cycling polices, investing in electric buses and trialling new concepts for mobility as a service. However, cars still account for approximately 85% of all inland passenger transport.

 

ENERGY STORAGE & CCS

The large hydro reservoirs provide the Nordic countries with excellent and cheap storage options, which are already efficiently utilised. In the future, these will probably need to be supplemented with chemical storage in the form of batteries or hydrogen-based fuels. Carbon capture and storage may prove the key to reducing industrial CO2 emissions or be applied to biomass combustion to generate negative CO2 emissions.

Dig into the details

We at Nordic Energy Research would like to give you the opportunity to “dig into the details”. To make this possible, we have supplemented the report with a dataset for the figures in the report. These data can be used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Please, enjoy the Excel-files found in this Zip-folder.

Get in touch

Comments and questions are welcome and should be addressed to:

Nordic Energy Research

Kevin Johnsen
Senior Adviser, Nordic Energy Research
e-mail: kevin.johnsen@nordicenergy.org

Consultants: 

Ea Energy Analyses

Ea Energy Analyses is a danish consulting company providing services and performing research in the field of energy and climate change. Experts in mathematical modelling of power and heat systems.

Contact info:

Anders Kofoed-Wiuff, akw@eaea.dk

Launch: Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019 was launched today at the "Nordic Energy Seminar - The energy system of the future" hosted by the Icelandic chairmanship of Nordic Council of…

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019 was launched today at the “Nordic Energy Seminar – The energy system of the future” hosted by the Icelandic chairmanship of Nordic Council of Ministers.

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019 is a brief, illustrative report that charts Nordic progress towards a carbon neutral society by highlighting the most prominent trends and examining scenarios where Nordic solutions can have a global impact.

Read more about the report on the project page

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019 is a brief, illustrative report that charts Nordic progress towards a carbon neutral society by highlighting the most prominent trends and examining scenarios where…

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019 is a brief, illustrative report that charts Nordic progress towards a carbon neutral society by highlighting the most prominent trends and examining scenarios where Nordic solutions can have a global impact. The report illustrates – for multiple technologies and key parameters – the latest progress in technology development and penetration, as well as market creation.

10 Insights into the Nordic energy system

10 key facts about the Nordic energy system, and what makes it unique.  

10 key facts about the Nordic energy system, and what makes it unique.

 

Will the Baltic states meet their energy and climate targets?

What would be required for the Baltic states to meet their climate and energy targets in 2030? Are they likely to reach these targets without additional measures? And if the Baltic…

What would be required for the Baltic states to meet their climate and energy targets in 2030? Are they likely to reach these targets without additional measures? And if the Baltic states manages to fulfil the their national targets, as well as the 2030 EU targets, would this lead the countries towards a a 2°C pathway?

In Baltic Energy Technology Scenarios 2018 (BENTE), we try to answer these questions. The report is coordinated and supported by Nordic Energy Research, and carried out by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Ea Energy Analyses, in cooperation with leading Baltic research institutes.

We hope you enjoy reading the report, and that it will add value to the discussion on energy system solutions for the Baltic states.

Key findings from the report:

  • Greenhouse gas reductions should be led by the electricity and district heating sectors.
  • Renewable energy will become the cheapest option for new electricity generation.
  • The Baltic countries can achieve their energy targets by using domestic resources.
  • Electricity consumption is projected to increase.

Get the report:

Download the report.
Download supplementary material.

Hard copies can be ordered (for free) by contacting Nordic Energy Research.

Increasing Nordic energy cooperation – Can we do even better?

The Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers gathered 70 people for a side-by-side comparison of recent Nordic energy commission reports and white papers. The backdrop is the profound…

The Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers gathered 70 people for a side-by-side comparison of recent Nordic energy commission reports and white papers. The backdrop is the profound success of Nordic Energy cooperation, first through transnational power lines and over the last years the emergence of  a common electricity market with the establishment of Nordpool some 20 years ago.

A striking finding was the apparent lack of comparison of experiences and policies between the countries despite rather ambitious common climate and energy targets. Some papers stressed the need for green competitiveness to remain export leaders. Whereas others were merely a narrative without outlining future policy tools.

Speakers from IEA and EU underscored the resounding success of the Nordic Electricity Market. IEA presented findings from the Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives (NETP 2016). “The low-hanging fruits are picked, in contrast to other countries transport and energy intensive industries are now the dominant challenges. This calls for massive electrification of transport, biofuels for long-haul transport and aviation and finally carbon capture and storage (CCS) for industrial applications.

The representative from EU lauded the Nordic countries for providing a model for how regions within EU could find common ground but also stressed the importance of meeting the new targets of the EU Winter Package: “This is the biggest and most comprehensive EU-policy package so far, but we have to remember that many of the measures on energy efficiency, renewables, performance standards etc. are about to expire. Without this policy package in place,  we would be left without EU-targets and policies”.

The EA-countries (Norway and Iceland) will have to consider which part of the policy measures they deem relevant for EEA-policy implementation. The other Nordic countries are bound by the EU treaty and are currently negotiation the of the various legal acts. Some representatives made references to the benefits of Nordic cooperation, but to a surprisingly limited extent.

Jorma Ollilla presented key findings from “Nordic Energy Cooperation – Strong today – Stronger Tomorrow”. Green technologies are becoming cheaper and more widely deployed maken the market increasingly competitive. Establishing a pan-Nordic market for energy technology would benefit a Nordic countries. Ollilla also called for increased cooperation into energy research, suggesting 500 billion Euros as an indicative sum. His concluding statement was merely: “Can we afford not to cooperate on energy research and technology deployment in the face of increasing international competition”?

Program –  Nordic Energy Commissions compared.

All presentations below can be downloaded.


 

 


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