Sustainable hydropower development and reservoir management as an enabler of the renewable energy transition and an accelerator to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SusHydro)
SusHydro – Sustainable hydropower
SusHydro – Sustainable hydropower
Sustainable hydropower development and reservoir management as an enabler of the renewable energy transition and an accelerator to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Hydropower is an important key to transformative change towards sustainability. It is the giant of clean electricity and is expected to double by 2050. Hydropower with reservoirs provides flexibility and enables the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources. Reservoirs are also key for providing food from irrigated land, drinking water supplies, and they reduce the risk of both floods and droughts. As such, hydropower with reservoirs is relevant for reaching a large number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SusHydro will examine tradeoffs and synergies between effects on SDGs in hydropower projects with reservoirs and develop improved methods and tools for planning and operation, thus acting as an accelerator for transformation. SusHydro will facilitate the role of hydropower as enabler of a fully renewable energy system, improve hydropower’s role in climate adaptation, contribute to environmentally friendly hydropower production, as well as just and democratic processes for hydropower development and operations. Our highly inter-disciplinary team will identify solutions of inter-disciplinary nature, a pre-requisite for fulfilling the SDGs.
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PhD candidate: Hanne Bjørnås Krogstie
The purpose of this PhD project is to study the effects of environmental variation of freshwater communities using hydropower reservoirs as case studies. The system in focus will be freshwater lake community structure and functioning, and have an emphasis on littoral communities. The work will be based upon aggregation of existing biodiversity data enabling the study of regional patterns in biodiversity responses to hydropower activities.
Anders G. Finstad, Department of Natural History, NTNU (main)
Gaute Kjærstad, Department of Natural History, NTNU
Irja Ida Ratikainen, Department of Biology, NTNU
Sara Heidenreich, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU
PhD candidate: Sif de Visser
The topic of this specific PhD project is the development of life cycle assessment (LCA) models and applications related to hydropower production. By quantifying the impacts of land use, water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts the overall ecosystem quality impact of hydropower is assessed. This will result in a global screening to identify potential hotspots of impact. Besides, transformative electricity market scenarios will be assessed.
Francesca Verones (main), Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU
Martin Dorber, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU
Tor Haakon Bakken, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU
Irja Ida Ratikainen, Department of Biology, NTNU
PhD candidate: Viviane Aubin
This PhD will look into possible limitations on hydropower flexibility use. It will investigate how using flexible hydropower for integration of VRE translates into environmental impacts through different water management regimes, and power grids recourse to other resources. We will also investigate interactions between markets mechanisms and hydropower flexibility in power grids presenting a large share of VRE, while considering environmental constraints.
Magnus Korpås (main), Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU
Francesca Verones, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU
Stein-Erik Fleten, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology, NTNU
PhD candidate: Lennart Schönfelder
Hydropower reservoir operation is confronted with trade-offs and synergies with other water uses, typical uses include water supply, irrigation, and flood control. Water availability and demand have different seasonal trends, and demand dynamics are dependent on economic, ecological, and societal factors. An optimal operation and management to consider all stakeholder needs are ideally based on optimization and simulation models. In this project, we intent to consider all uses and find a system-wide socio-economic maximum by assessing hydrological risks and optimization.
Tor Haakon Bakken (main), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Magnus Korpås (co), Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU
PhD candidate: Shaua Fui Chen
This research is a comparative examination of hydropower development and management in Norway and Malaysia utilizing science and technology studies (STS) theories. The study aims to understand how the concepts of sustainability and energy justice are understood and practiced in hydropower development in both countries. The study is relevant as there is a renewed interest in the future role of hydropower to balance the intermittency of other renewable energy sources and as energy storage in supporting the sustainable energy transition. These new roles open up controversies and conflicts which we should study.
Sara Heidenreich, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU (main)
Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU
Stein-Erik Fleten, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management
PhD candidate: Christianne Dalsbotten Solvåg
The aim of this PhD project is to investigate how invertebrate species are affected by the environmental variability induced by regulating a lake for hydropower purposes. Specifically, the plan is to focus on how changes in water level fluctuations affect the phenology of invertebrate species in the littoral zone, and if different life history traits may contribute to explaining why some species are more affected than others. The work will consist of both field studies and theoretical optimization models and simulations.
Irja Ida Ratikainen, Department of Biology, NTNU (main)
Anders G. Finstad, Department of Natural History, NTNU
Ingeborg Palm Helland, NINA
PhD candidate: Hossein Babazadeh
The project aimed at seeking a decision model for operations of jointly owned hydropower reservoirs. In this project, the focus will be on studying how the interests and distinct expectations of the owners are and should be balanced with sustainability issues and interests of other stakeholders. The project’s goals are subjected to some sort of uncertainty in electricity markets.
Stein-Erik Fleten (main), Department of Industrial Economics and Technology, NTNU
Tor Haakon Bakken (co-supervisor), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU
MSc students welcome
All parts of SusHydro welcome masterstudents and can offer MSc projects on sustainable hydropower in relation to the PhD projects. Please get in touch with any of the project participants if this is of interest to you.
Senior team members
Martin Dorber Researcher, Industrial Ecology Programmemartin.email@example.com Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Anders G. Finstad Professor+47-+4790018546 firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Natural History
Stein-Erik Fleten Professor+47-73591296 +47-46694793 email@example.com Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management
Sara Heidenreich Researcher+47-73591779 firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
Magnus Korpås Professor+47-73597229 +47-97042009 email@example.com Department of electric energy
Irja Ida Ratikainen Researcher / Associate. Prof.+47-47344606 firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Biology
Francesca Verones Professor Industrial Ecology Programme+47-90544199 email@example.com Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Viviane Aubin PhD Candidateviviane.firstname.lastname@example.org Department of electric energy
Hossein Babazadeh PhD Candidatehossein.email@example.com Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management
Shaua Fui Chen PhD Candidate+47-73559959 firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
Sif de Visser PhD Candidatesif.email@example.com Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Hanne Bjørnås Krogstie PhD Candidate+47-+4791572575 firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Natural History
Lennart Schönfelder PhD Candidate+47-+4796875157 email@example.com Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Christianne Dalsbotten Solvåg PhD Candidatechristianne.firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Biology