ENERGY FOR A BETTER SOCIETY

Main research areas

Illustration of energy industry

One of NTNU Energy's aims is to contribute to increased interdisciplinary cooperation and research on the energy industry. 

On this page, you can read about NTNU Energy's seven main research areas.

 

 

 

 


Renewable energy sources

Students assemble a wind turbine

Different solutions for renewable energy are especially related to solar energy, bioenergy, hydropower and wind power. 

Development of technology for production of new renewable energy is essential for a considerable increase of environmentally friendly energy. The research tasks requires a broad mobilisation of a number of subject areas within engineering-, natural- and social science. Hydropower is a well-established research area, but it stand above major need for renewal.


Low Emission Transport

Two students working in a motor lab

The readjustment to zero emission technology is essential for redusing greenhouse emission in the transport sector. 

The transportation sector is going throug a shift from fossil to environmentally friendly fuel and technology, and new environmental technology on ships. This means a transition to electrification, hydrogen and biofuels in the transportation sector. Digitalisation will also be an important possibility, and the sharing economy is changing the business models within transportation.
 


Energy storage

Follsjø water reservoir

Increased use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind presupposes an increased need for energy storage. This include batteries, hydrogen and water reservoir, and relates to potential technologies such as nanoscience (better batteries) and digital (control systems, business models).

 

 


Whole energy systems

Landscape of mountains, fjord and forest

The future energy system will consist of an unknown mix of different energy sources, storage methods and new business models. 

There is a need for an overall approach to the future energy systems. We recognise a need for understanding transition strategies, smart energy systems and innovation to contribute to a sustainable conversion of the Norwegian energy system.
 


Carbon Capture and Storage

Illustration of carbone capture and storage (CCS)

Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) is potential for future Norwegian utilisation of natural gas via hydrogen.

 

 

 

 


 


Knowledge contribution and policy work

Two students are writing on a blackboard

We are providing knowledge contribution to politicians and professionals who influences the community development and contributing to policies based upon the best available knowledge. 

Through collaboration with researchers, NGOs and other knowledge organisations, we make sure that these get academic advice. 
 

 

 


Energy efficiency in buildings and industry

Two persons simulate and measure air quality and indoor climate

The future buildings will produce more energy than they consume. This assumes that the energy efficiency are combined with for example an efficient design, the use of solar panels, solar thermal systems, local storage as well as other devices for controlling the indoor climate conditions.

A cleaner industry means carbon capture and storage (CCS). Cleansing, transportation and storage of CO2 has high political priority in Norway. The research challenges are, among other things, secure and efficient methods for cleaning CO2, construction of transportation systems and secure storage.