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

 

Nordic Energy Outlooks – The Nordic Energy System Research Program

Nordic Energy Research and Nordic financiers are funding the Nordic Energy Outlooks - Nordic energy system research Program (NEOs) to create a forum for collaboration between different groups and institutions…

Nordic Energy Research and Nordic financiers are funding the Nordic Energy Outlooks – Nordic energy system research Program (NEOs) to create a forum for collaboration between different groups and institutions researching Nordic energy systems.

The Programme will add Nordic and national value by 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.

Bringing together national research group 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.

The aim of Nordic Energy Outlooks – The Nordic Energy System Research Program (NEOs) is to:

“Strengthen Nordic research competencies and collaboration between different groups and institutions researching Nordic energy systems by building on existing national research programs”.

Applying for the call

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

Any Research Performing Organisations (RPO) with expertise in energy system modelling and that is based in the Nordic region is welcome to apply. It is possible to apply as an individual organisation or as a consortium of organisations from the same country, if this is better suited to ongoing modelling activities.

Read more and apply here

Timeline

  1. (September 2021 – February 2022) Bioenergy and links to agriculture & LULUCF in a Nordic context
  2. (February 2022 – August 2022) Increased electrification – new electricity generators and consumers
  3. (August 2022 – February 2023) Energy efficiency and conservation in a Nordic perspective
  4. (February 2023 – August 2023) Fossil free and resource efficient transport and transport infrastructure

Background and previous work

The Nordic countries have a strong tradition in analyzing energy systems and energy modelling. Today, international forums facilitate collaboration amongst subsets of modelling groups, but often without a Nordic focus (such as the IEA ETSAP group for TIMES modelling). Current Nordic and European projects include subsets of research groups from Nordic countries, but do not have comparative modelling within their scope (such as the Nordic Clean Energy Scenarios project.

Nordic Energy Research has previously funded projects to promote collaboration between different groups and institutions researching Nordic energy systems – e.g.  Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2013 and 2016

To continue previous collaborations and strengthen Nordic research in energy systems the Board of Nordic Energy Research initiated the Nordic Energy Outlooks – Nordic energy system research Program (NEOs) in 2018.
December 2020 a Memorandum of Understanding to finance the programme was signed by Nordic Energy Research, The Research Council of Norway, The Danish Energy Agency and The Swedish Energy Agency.

Management and Contact

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

 

Antti Silvast
Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 458 40 078
Email: antti.silvast@nordicenergy.org

 

 

Kevin Johnsen

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

Sustainable Shift: Nordic energy systems towards 2050

Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 is the seventh edition of Nordic Energy Research's main research funding programme, spanning from 2011 to 2015. The aim of the programme has been to develop…

Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 is the seventh edition of Nordic Energy Research’s main research funding programme, spanning from 2011 to 2015. The aim of the programme has been to develop new knowledge and solutions that support the region’s transition to a sustainable energy system in the years leading to 2050.

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

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 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 Energy Outlooks – The Nordic Energy System Research Program

Nordic Energy Research and Nordic financiers are funding the Nordic Energy Outlooks - Nordic energy system research Program (NEOs) to create a forum for collaboration between different groups and institutions researching Nordic energy systems. The Programme will add Nordic and national value by 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. Bringing together national…

Nordic Added Value

As individual countries, the five Nordic countries are too small to have a significant influence on . However, together they form the 10th largest economy in the world and comprise…

As individual countries, the five Nordic countries are too small to have a significant influence on . However, together they form the 10th largest economy in the world and comprise more than 25 million people. By working together within research, industry and policy making, the countries can provide Nordic Added Value. But what is Nordic Added Value? This of course may depend on the eye of the beholder. Through 8 cases the magazine Nordic Added Value from Nordic Energy Research highlights and showcases the need for collaboration to make an impact!

 

Land areas and biomass production for current and future use in the Nordic and Baltic countries

This report was written with the aim to compile information on wood resources in the ENERWOODS-project countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, with a focus on availability…

This report was written with the aim to compile information on wood resources in the ENERWOODS-project countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, with a focus on availability for energy purposes. ENERWOODS, or wood based energy systems from Nordic forests, is a joint Nordic and Baltic project financed by Nordic Energy Research. The aim is to review and provide scientific results to strengthen the role of Nordic forestry in feeding biomass into cost-effective and renewable energy systems.

Cases from Nordic Energy Way Arena

According to the International Energy Agency’s and Nordic Energy Research’s joint publication, Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2013, Nordic cooperation will play an important role in meeting energy and climate targets for 2050…

According to the International Energy Agency’s and Nordic Energy Research’s joint publication, Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2013, Nordic cooperation will play an important role in meeting energy and climate targets for 2050. From 12–13 June 2013, 50 leading experts gathered at the Nordic Energy Way Arena in Copenhagen to discuss how Nordic collaboration may help pave the way for a carbon neutral future.

NOTE: You can also read about the 2016 NETP report and download a copy here.

Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 projects in brief

The programme for Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 is the latest edition of Nordic Energy Research’s main 4-year research programme, and the thematic focus for Nordic Energy Research during 2011-2014. The…

The programme for Sustainable Energy Systems 2050 is the latest edition of Nordic Energy Research’s main 4-year research programme, and the thematic focus for Nordic Energy Research during 2011-2014. The aim of the programme is to develop Nordic added value through knowledge and solutions for a future sustainable energy system.

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