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Energi21 - A collective R&D strategy for the energy sector in Norway 

vann vind sol The Energi21 strategy sets out the desired course for research, development and demonstration of new technology for the 21st century.

The strategy has been revised at the request of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy as part of the effort to boost value creation, facilitate energy restructuring with the development of new technology and cultivate internationally competitive expertise. 

Exploiting Norway’s competitive advantages

“The revised Energi21 research strategy further develops the areas in which Norway is in the best position to succeed,” says Sverre Gotaas, Chair of the Energi21 board.

The strategy identifies six priority focus areas:

    • Solar cells
    • Offshore wind power
    • Utilisation of resources using balance power
    • Flexible energy systems – smart grids
    • Conversion of low-temperature heat into electricity
    • Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Recommends stepping up investment

The Energi21 strategy recommends increasing public funding for RD&D activities in the six priority focus areas by a total of NOK 820 million, to be allocated via the Research Council of Norway, Enova, and Innovation Norway.

This encompasses among other things the establishment of a new Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) on flexible energy systems of the future under the Research Council’s centre funding scheme. An increase in annual allocations to the Research Council’s Large-scale Programme on Clean Energy for the Future (RENERGI) and Norwegian RD&D CCS programme (CLIMIT) of NOK 500 million and NOK 150 million, respectively, is also proposed.

In addition, the Energi21 strategy recommends the allocation of NOK 300 million in new funding to Enova for support for testing and demonstration facilities as well as continuing the allocation of NOK 250 million to Innovation Norway for its funding scheme for environmental technology.

Further recommendations

The revised Energi21 document recommends increasing RD&D activities in the following thematic and technology areas: 

Solar cells – enhanced industrial development

The solar energy industry has experienced tremendous growth in the past 15 years, and this growth is expected to continue. Norway is at the forefront in this area, both industrially and research-wise. Norwegian players have great potential in the segments of the value chain in which they have competitive advantages.

Offshore wind power – industrial development and utilisation of resources

Norway has a number of competitive advantages with regard to the rapidly growing market for offshore wind power. The wide range of expertise obtained from the petroleum and maritime industries places the country is an excellent position to provide value-creating deliverables to this market.

Improved utilisation of resources using balance power

Norway has significant potential as a producer and supplier of balancing services, which will enhance utilisation of renewable power in an integrated European market. This will require RD&D activities across a wide spectrum, which will in turn facilitate growth in value creation and a rise in the share of renewable energy in Europe. 

Generating and safeguarding value creation through CO2 capture, transport and storage

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a pivotal technology for achieving climate targets. Norway has already invested considerable resources in development activities in this field, and has made great strides in the design of cost-effective solutions. Good solutions will also increase the value of Norwegian gas reserves in the future.

Flexible energy systems – smart grids

Achieving progress in all of the strategic priority areas described in the strategy will require flexible energy systems that integrate renewable energy and offer reliable operation within a far more complex totality.

Utilisation of energy – conversion of low-temperature heat into electricity

Utilisation of waste heat and conversion of low-grade heat into power is a field characterised by many unsolved problems but with vast untapped potential in Norway and internationally. More efficient utilisation of energy will play a vital role in efforts to deal with climate challenges.

Energi21 - National Strategy for Research, Development, Demonstration and Commercialisation of New Energy Technology (2011) (PDF-9 214.9 KB)

Energi21_2011_Report_Summary and conclusions (PDF-125.4 KB)

Read more about Energi21.

Further information is available from the Energi21 secretariat..