Energy Transition 2019

Energy Transition 2019

– 26 March at Clarion Hotel & Congress, Trondheim

Changing the energy system to build a sustainable society

We know that we need to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, but how do we change the energy system to support transition to a sustainable society?

What role will the energy system play in the transition of the rest of society? 
How can the different energy technologies work together in a new low carbon energy system? 
What are the missing pieces of the puzzle – in technology, regulations and business models?  
And how can we as citizens take part in the transformation of society?

The main focus of the conference is the role of the energy system in transition towards a sustainable society while continuing to be a driver for economic growth. European and international cooperation will be central to the conference. The conference is a blend of keynotes, panel debates and plenary discussions, and participants will be international experts from academia, industry, government and NGOs.

Previous Conferences


Energy Transition Conference is a key meeting point to debate challenges and solutions for the transition to a future sustainable energy system.

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Energy Transition Conference 2019

Energy Transition Conference 2019

Kjell-Børge Freiberg

Liv Lønnum
State Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Nisha Pillai
Moderator of the Energy Transition Conference

Alexandra Bech Gjørv
CEO & President SINTEF

Gunnar Bovim
Rector NTNU

Asami Miketa
Senior Program Officer IRENA

Guloren Turan
General Manager Global CCS Institute

Stephen Bull
SVP New Energy Solutions Equinor

Henrik Sætness
SVP and Head of Corporate Strategy Statkraft

Helene Muri
Researcher NTNU

Jae Edmonds
Chief Scientist JGCRI

Luiz Barroso
CEO PSR Brazil

Johan Hustad
DIrector NTNU Energy

Jenny Larfeldt
Senior Combustion Expert Siemens

Asgeir Tomasgard
Professor and Director of CenSES, NTNU

Nathan Meehan
President Gaffney, Cline & Associates

Jørgen Kildahl
Chairman eSmartSystems

Tiina Koljonen
Research Team Leader VTT Research Centre

Bente Hagem
Chair of the Board ENTSO-E

Eli Aamot
Vice President SINTEF Industry

Charlie Wilson

Researcher Tyndall Centre for Climate Research

Henrik Solgaard Andersen
Manager Business Development Equinor

Christian Klöckner
Professor NTNU

0800: Registration

0900: Welcome by Johan Hustad

0915: Chat with Gunnar Bovim and Alexandra Bech Gjørv
What is the role of major universities and research institutions?

0930: Transition of the Integrated Energy System

Liv Lønnum - Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Asgeir Tomasgard - NTNU

Luiz Barroso - PSR

Guloren Turan - Global CCS Institute

Stephen Bull - Equinor

Henrik Sætness - Statkraft

Panel Discussion: Liv Lønnum, Guloren Turan, Asgeir Tomasgard, Stephen Bull and Henrik Sætness

1130: Lunch

1230: Chat with Jae Edmonds and Helene Muri
The big picture - from ambition to action - what do we need to do?

1300: Well Below 2 Degrees - From Ambition to Action - Changing How We Live

Charlie Wilson - Tyndall Climate Research Centre

Asami Miketa - IRENA

Tiina Koljonen - VTT Research Centre

Christian Klöckner - NTNU

Bente Hagem - ENTSO-E

Panel Discussion: Charlie WIlson, Asami Miketa, Tiina Koljonen, Christian Klöckner, Bente Hagem and Atsushi Kurosawa (Institute of Applied Energy)

1430: Break

1500: New Technologies, Solutions, Gaps and Needs - The Transformation of Society

Henrik Solgaard Andersen - Equinor

Jenny Larfeldt - Siemens

Nathan Meehan - Gaffney, Cline & Associates

Jørgen Kildahl - eSmartSystems

Eli Aamot - SINTEF

Panel Discussion: Henrik Solgaard Andersen, Jenny Larfeldt, Nathan Meehan, Frank O'Sullivan, Jørgen Kildahl and Eli Aamot

1650: Conclusion

1700: End of today


1900: Reception

1930: Conference Dinner

Transition of the Integrated Energy System

The transition toward a low carbon energy system require fundamental changes to many elements in the total energy chain. Key factors in the transition are renewables, distributed energy generation, storage technologies, digitalization and active market participation by the consumer side. Some central topics and questions for this theme are:

  • Integration of heat and electricity
  • Integration across sectors like waste, heat, power, industry and transport
  • Market incentives for short-term allocations and long-term investments
  • Pricing of energy versus pricing of flexibility
  • Digitalization and new business models

Well Below 2 Degrees – From Ambition to Action

This theme addresses the strategies needed to meet the objectives of the Paris agreement discussing the current status and what will be needed in terms of increased efforts: policies, technologies, behavior, and transformation of society. The theme will have a special focus on how to deal with uncertainty: climate risk, financial risk and policy risk.

  • How does industry make investments under uncertainty?
  • How does political uncertainty affect the choices made by the industry?
  • How can policy makers reduce this uncertainty?
  • Are there financial barriers preventing capital to be spent on the transition?
  • What is needed to increase international cooperation?

The session will address how society can close the gap between the actions that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and climate researchers say are necessary, and the goals of political climate plans and the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of the Paris Agreement.

New Technologies, Solutions, Gaps and Needs – The Transformation of Society

This theme will focus on technological solutions that we are implementing or demonstrating today and which solutions we do not currently have, but that we need to develop. In addition, the session will address the transformation of society focusing on the role of citizens in the energy transition.

  • How can technologies drive new economic growth while driving towards a zero emission society?
  • What are the possibilities and barriers in this transition, and how can we stimulate accelerated transition?
  • How can we stimulate new businesses and investments in new opportunities?
  • Are there “Magic technologies” – what are realistic technologies?
  • How will we live our lives in the future, and what are the major changes of lifestyle that will come?
  • How do we travel in the future, what kind of buildings do we live in, and what do we eat?
  • What is the approach of developing countries to the transition?

The session will address how we can utilize available technologies as a first step toward a zero emission society and how we can use this for development of the next steps. The session will also address how these technological changes may change how we live our lives in the next decades. Will technology drive change in society, or will society drive change in technology?


The International advisory board for the Energy Transition Initiative:

  • Jae Edmonds, University of Maryland/JGCRI,
  • Nick Eyre, Oxford University,
  • Carolyn Fischer, Resources for the Future,
  • Richard Green, Imperial college,
  • Christian von Hirschhausen, TU Berlin,
  • Franziska Holz, DIW Berlin,
  • Steven Gabriel, University of Maryland and NTNU,
  • Volker Krey, IIASA,
  • Mark O´Malley, NREL,
  • Reinhard Madlener RWTH Aachen,
  • David Newbury, Cambridge University,
  • Sergey Paltsev, MIT,
  • Michael Pollit, Cambridge University,
  • Frank O´Sullivan, MIT.

Programme comittee

  • Asgeir Tomasgard, NTNU (chair)
  • Johan Hustad, NTNU
  • Fride Vullum-Bruer, NTNU
  • Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, NTNU
  • Erica Lösftröm, NTNU
  • Hege Jørgensen Tunstad, NTNU
  • Ottar Skagen, Equinor
  • Hege Rognø, Equinor
  • Per Ivar Karstad, Equinor
  • Tor Ulleberg, Equinor
  • Ragne Hildrum, Statkraft
  • Audun Rosland, Miljødirektoratet
  • Stig Ødegaard Ottesen, eSmartSystems
  • Beate Nossum, Footprint
  • Snorre Valen, Technoport

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Opening with Johan Hustad

Chat with Gunnar Bovim and Alexandra Bech Gjørv
What is the role of major universities and research institutions?

Session 1 - Transition of the Integrated Energy System

Liv Lønnum - Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Norway’s role in the energy transition

Asgeir Tomasgard – NTNU
Towards a zero emission European power system

Luiz Barroso – PSR
Transition of the integrated (decarbonized) energy system: The Brazilian experience

Guloren Turan - Global CCS Institute
Carbon Capture & Storage in the energy transition

Stephen Bull – Equinor
Equinor and the energy transition

Henrik Sætness – Statkraft
The energy system of the future

Panel Discussion Session 1

Chat with Jae Edmonds and Helene Muri

Jae Edmonds – JGCRI
Why implementing Paris is so hard and so important

Helene Muri – NTNU
What does the IPCC tell us?

Session 2: Well Below 2 Degrees - From Ambition to Action

Charlie Wilson - Tyndall Climate Research Centre
Transforming energy services to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Asami Miketa – IRENA
Renewables in the clean energy transition

Tiina Koljonen - VTT Research Centre
Moving beyond energy in energy transition – case examples from global and Finnish perspectives

Christian Klöckner – NTNU
Engaging citizens – from knowledge to action

Bente Hagem - ENTSO-E
Well below 2 degrees – The TSOs contribution

Panel Discussion Session 2

Session 3: New Technologies, Solutions, Gaps and Needs - The Transformation of Society

Henrik Solgaard Andersen – Equinor
Decarbonisation of natural gas

Jenny Larfeldt – Siemens
Hydrogen firing in flexible industrial gas turbines

Nathan Meehan - Gaffney, Cline & Associates
BHGE energy transition strategy – How to reach net-zero?

Jørgen Kildahl – eSmartSystems
“AI unlocks the door to a sustainable society, - culture allows us to open it”

Eli Aamot – SINTEF
Energy Transition – new technologies and new solutions

Panel Discussion Session 3

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