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Our research objective is to explore different alternatives for the future energy mix and corresponding transition pathways that may lead us to a low carbon society.

To fulfill this ambition the aim is to secure more project funding, which could release an additional public finance, contributing to a significant research portfolio in the coming years.

We has gradually grown by incorporating a network of world class experts and attracting significant funding for very important research topics.

Research areas

The figure shows some of the areas that currently are central in the multidisciplinary approach of NETI, including:Graphic overview of energy transition strategies

  • Energy policy scenarios
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Human behavior/consumer research
  • Energy storage, distribution and technology development
  • Energy markets and business models
  • Sustainability/climate research

Policy briefs


Policy briefs

The following policy briefs have been developed and published:

  • Norway’s role as a flexibility provider in a renewable Europe
  • Decarbonization of transport
  • Hydrogen in the future low carbon society
  • The role of prosumers in the energy system

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The first research topics identified in NETI

The first research topics identified in NETI

The role of natural gas as a flexibility source in the power sector 

  • Sector coupling between heat and power
  • Sector coupling between transport and power
  • Integration of power and gas markets
  • The use of line pack for storage services and demand for these
  • Shared infrastructures for CCS.
  • Global natural gas markets including LNG, hydrogen and ammonia
  • The role of hydrogen in a decarbonized European energy system

Energy system integration, flexibility and active consumers

Integration of power and heat systems including renewables, fossil fuels and energy storage in a future low carbon European energy system.

  • Market implications of longdistance power transmission (HVDC)
  • Digitalization and new market design
  • The role of active consumers and new business models
  • The interplay between flexible neighborhoods, buildings and the rest of the energy system

The future transport system

Looking at current policies in Europe, these are not on a path to deliver the emissions reductions in the transportation system necessary to achieve the overall ambition as set by the European parliament and commission.

  • In Norway we do the decarbonization 1015 years earlier than the rest of the world
  • There is a need to understand both technology choice, risk and the use of policy instruments
  • There is a need to understand better the sector coupling this leads to

Energy transition strategies in emerging economies

Equinor raised this theme as a prioritized area of research and the NTNU Energy Transition.

The main hypothesis is that emerging economies may choose a different design of their energy system than currently used by OECD countries. The key question is therefore related to how such a system may look like, and the implication for energy demand from various energy sources.

Nurturing radical innovation

A key element in the Energy Transition challenge is to implement and use new technologies and innovations at a higher pace than we have seen in history.

This will require an improved capacity to nurture and accelerate radical innovations, reducing the time from idea to wide use by more than 50%.