Energi21 is the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy’s permanent strategic body for research, development and demonstration in the energy sector.
The main purpose of the Energi21 strategy reports is to provide the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy with recommendations on future strategic priority areas for efforts to develop new climate-friendly, environment-friendly solutions in the energy sphere.
The Energi21 strategy documents are drawn up in cooperation with trade and industry, academia and the relevant authorities.
The guiding principles for national and international strategies in the energy sphere revolve around the need to address climate challenges and safeguard both security of energy supply and competitiveness. These factors, together with assessment of the potential to meet targets and of Norway’s national competitive advantages, form the basis for the recommended strategic priority areas and proposed measures.
The Energi21 strategy 2014
In the third strategy report, the Energi21 board recommends strong growth in public funding for research, development and demonstration within the following six areas:
- Flexible energy systems
- Solar power
- Offshore wind power
- Raising energy efficiency
- Carbon capture and storage
These are areas in which Norway enjoys comparative competitive advantages in future energy markets, thanks to its natural energy resources, substantial technology and competency base, and widespread industrial experience. Among these six priority focus areas, the Energi21 board recommends devoting special attention to Hydropower and Flexible energy systems. These two areas represent the very foundation of Norway’s energy system and are vitally important for current as well as future value creation, nationally and internationally.
In addition, the board stresses the importance of maintaining and continuously developing the competency platform that underpins all the energy-related thematic and technology areas.
The Energi21 report recommends wide-ranging activities based on access to ample, reliable public research funding, beneficial market incentives and the commitment and active participation of industry actors. The report highlights the following measures as essential for successful implementation of the strategy:
- Expanding efforts to create an integrated, harmonised incentive structure along the entire innovation chain;
- Adapting incentive structures to future climate-friendly energy systems
- Strengthening innovation and renewal in the energy sector
- Increasing industry involvement in research and innovation
- Facilitating Norwegian participation in international testing and demonstration projects
- Enhancing research and innovation cooperation in the EU arena
- Increasing recruitment to strengthen Norway’s position as an energy nation
- Developing dynamic research groups and a strong national technology and competency base
- Promoting greater sectorial cooperation at the government administrative level to ensure effective implementation
The Energi21 report is recommending a funding plan to increase funding over a four-year period, with overall growth of NOK 1 billion in public allocations.