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