Skip to main content

What does it take to succeed with the energy transition?

Green transition and sustainable development is all about using resources smarter and more efficiently. The researchers in the ENSYSTRA project seek to accelerate the transition to enable a more integrated mix of renewable energy.

Publisert: Endret:
Ensystra - Energy Systems in Transition
ENSYSTRA

ENergy SYStems in TRAnsition Innovative Training Network

UiS researchers

3 Ph.Ds 2 Professors 1 Associate Professor

Duration

2017–2021

Financed

Horisont 2020 Innovative Training Networks (ITN) in the Marie S. Curie programme

The transition from an energy system based on fossil fuels to a system based on an energy mix that emits significantly less CO2, is strongly dependent on increased societal awareness.

Mohsen Assadi , Professor in Energy Transition at the University of Stavanger
ABOUT THE PROJECT

How can industrial decarbonisation be achieved in Northern Europe?

The technology is already in place, now the politicians need to take action.

The slow-moving development towards sustainable energy systems is not due to lack of technological solutions. It is rather economic, political and social factors that are to blame. Providing solutions that help the transition to move forward, requires close collaboration between engineers and social scientists. Only then can we avoid solutions that work technically but are not economically viable or socially acceptable.

Six UiS researchers participate in a research collaboration between six European universities and numbers of industry partners to educate highly qualified energy experts with the aim to provide Europe with more environmentally friendly energy systems. The goal is to find the most successful solution for developing a society with almost one hundred percent renewable energy. Energy and emission intensity of different pathways will be explored with the help of techno-economic and mathematical models. The findings will help in designing a more efficient and resilient energy system for the future.

The objective of this ENSYSTRA project is to identify the different pathways in which decarbonisation of the integrated energy system can be achieved.

Research Group

Professor
51832010
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering
Instituttleder
51831508
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Media and Social Sciences
Førsteamanuensis
51832534
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering
Ekstern U/lønn
51832841
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering
Forsker
51831625
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Media and Social Sciences
Stipendiat
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering
Ph.d. projeCt

Energy efficiency and waste heat recovery

Abhinav Bhaskar studies the techno-economic feasibility of implementing innovative low-carbon production technologies with focus on hydrogen, to reduce emissions from the industries in the North Sea Region.

Foto av store master med strømnett i siluett med himmel bak.
Norwegian electricity can be the key to the future hydrogen society.

The world needs to decarbonize energy intensive industries – like iron and steel, chemicals and cement – that use fossil fuels as a source of high temperature heat and as chemical feedstock. Industries consume one-third of the global primary energy and are responsible for a quarter of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Innovative technologies and policies are needed to address the challenge.

Hydrogen could be one of the alternatives to fossil fuels used in the industries. Hydrogen can either be produced from natural gas or through electrolysis of water. Norway has access to cheap natural gas and cheap electricity and could be an important exporter of hydrogen. Bhaskar looks at the important role Norway can have in decarbonizing energy-intensive industries in the EU.

The aim is to develop a bottom-up technology rich model to assist industries and policy makers in making informed decisions.

Ph.D. Student: Abhinav Bhaskar
Supervisor: Mohsen Assadi
Partners: Chalmers University of Technology

PH.D. PROJECT

Development of a real-time optimisation solution for dispatchable energy supply units

Qian Zhang developes solution which makes it easier to integrate distributed generation, such as solar and wind energy, in the future electricity grid.

Foto av solcellepanel tett på
Energy from sun will be an important ingrediens in the future energy mix of north europeans.

The decarbonisation of the energy industry, and the power sector in particular, plays a major role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. The North Sea region, which is the focus of the ENSYSTRA project, is expected to have the majority of its electricity demand supplied by solar and wind in 2050. But due to the variability of sun and wind, the grid integration of solar and wind resources is a major challenge.

This research project looks at developing a real-time optimisation model to manage variable solar and wind electricity generation. Qian Zhang will use artificial intelligence-based methods to better forecast this variable renewable energy generation and facilitate its integration into the future electricity grid. A real-time optimisation model could help policymakers as well as system operators for electricity, better understand these challenges and make evidence-based decisions on the short-term planning and dispatch of electricity.

Ph.D Student: Qian Zhang
Supervisor: Mohsen Assadi
Partners: ARGE Netz, Scottish Power Energy Networks

PH.D. PROJECT

Policy framework interactions for cross-border cooperation in energy systems transitions

Benjamin Silvester explores how Norwegian hydropower can be used as large scale storage option for the European integrated energy system.

Norwegian hydropower can have an important role in the European energy system in the future.

Europa has a common energy system consisting of different national energy systems. In transitioning towards more sustainable energy systems, cooperation among state actors need to increase. This research project explores how national and international policies and framework conditions for the cross-border cooperation in energy systems transitions can interact. As a case study, this project will look at the utilisation of Norwegian hydropower as a battery for systems integration in a European context, analysing the policy and framework conditions necessary for such an utilisation. Benjamin Silvester will analyse different levels of government policies and stakeholders with the aim of identifying barriers and opportunities for system integration and battery usage. The project will have great value for understanding the behaviour of national energy systems as well.

Ph.D. Student: Benjamin Silvester
Supervisor: Oluf Langhelle
Partners: Statkraft Sverige, Universitetet i Edinburgh

More about energy

Won their group in Drillbotics

Five UiS students made it all the way to the top in their group in the Drillbotics contest.

Won Innovation Award for master's students

On the 25th of October 2022, Izwan Ahmad was awarded the 2022 Innovation Awards for master’s students by Rogaland county...

Wind turbine and solar cells on campus

Spring of 2019, a wind turbine was lifted into place and installed on the Ullandhaug campus. Solar cells have already be...

What have we achieved in the IOR Centre?

Eight years of research on improved oil recovery are coming to an end. In this article you get the highlights from the r...

Waste Heat Energy Integration, Storage and Utilization

Heating and cooling in buildings and industry are responsible for half of energy consumption in Europe. They have also p...

Vacant positions at NCS2030

We are looking for new PhD Research Fellows at NCS2030 (National Centre for Sustainable Utilization of Energy Resources ...

Upscaling and environmental impact

What are the most important parameters from smaller scales that are important to describe flow on a larger scale? Chemic...

Understanding the initial wettability of reservoirs

Panagiotis Aslanidis defended his thesis on wettability for core analysis. The purpose of his research was to link reser...

UiS team in the PetroBowl finals

Five petroleum engineering students from University of Stavanger reached the finals in the prestigous PetroBowl contest.

Twinning to Sustainable Energy Transition (Twinn2SET)

The European Union is facing a pressing challenge to transition into a carbon neutral economy by 2050. Researchers from ...

Tracer technology

The main objective of this task was to devise methods and procedures to map volumetric distribution of residual oil satu...

Top students win industry awards

Repsol, IKM Acona and Vår Energi awarded a total of nine prizes and NOK 275,000 to bachelor and master students at UiS.

This invention produces electricity from marine and riverine currents

Researchers at UiS have developed an energy converter that creates electricity from sea currents and river flows.

Theme 2: Reservoir characterisation to improve volumetric sweep

Theme 2 works with the integration of field data such as pressure, temperature, seismic data, tracer data, geophysical d...

Theme 1: Mobile and immobile oil and EOR methods

Theme 1 focuses on understanding, modeling, and upscaling the microscopic and macroscopic displacement efficiency when v...

The National IOR Centre of Norway

The National IOR Centre provides solutions for improved oil recovery on the Norwegian continental shelf through academic...

The IOR Centre from an industry perspective

A total of 12 companies are on the list of the industry partners of The National IOR Centre of Norway. Chair of Board Th...

Test facilities – Energy Systems Engineering

Distributed energy conversion technologies, using fuel flexible solutions, energy storage and smart technologies are ess...

Team B – UiS Drillbotics

Meet Drillbotics Physical Rig Team.

Team A – UiS Drillbotics

Meet Drillbotics Virtual Rig Team.

Synthetic polymers for enhanced oil recovery

In her doctoral work, Siv Marie Åsen has taken a closer look at what happens to different types of polymers when they ar...

SWIPA Group

This research group works on topics related to geopolymers, subsurface well integrity, plugging and abandonment.

Subsurface Utilization for Renewable Energy

The Subsurface Utilisation and Renewable Energy group addresses the latest issues related to the energy transition, unde...

Study of nanomaterials for recovery of heavy crude oil

Kun Guo defended the degree philosophiae doctor 12 April. He is the second PhD student to graduate from The National IOR...

Study of nano-scale interfacial forces

Shaghayegh Javadi can welcome the Christmas holidays as Doctor Javadi after defending her PhD thesis November 25th, 2019...

Structural Geology

Structural Geology is the study of tectonic deformation. We focus on the deformation of the upper crust and how it affec...

Strengthening education and research in Applied Informatics for Energy System Integration

The 5-year NORPART project "Applied Informatics for Energy System Integration" (AI-ESI) aims to make a contribution by...

Stavanger AI Lab

A node for research, innovation and education in artificial intelligence at University of Stavanger (UiS).

Solar Energy Research Group

Solar Energy Research Group seeks to overcome barriers to world solar adoption by connecting solar energy researchers fr...

Software Donations

Research and education today cannot be conducted without using state of the art software products. For an academic insti...

Smart Water

Smart Water for enhanced oil recovery is a research field at UiS.

Smart city research

Creating a smart city requires joint efforts of city planners, technologists, energy experts, social scientists, artists...

Scientific papers – The National IOR Centre of Norway

See the list of all scientific publications written by researchers affiliated with the IOR Centre.

Scholarship awarded to 6 UiS PhDs

Only 25 young researchers around the world were selected to participate in the OMAE2022 Outreach for Engineers Forum. 6...

SAC: «Stand your ground»

The Scientific Advisory Committee of The National IOR Centre of Norway has spoken: The Centre should be proud of its fun...

Reservoir Utilization for Energy Transition​

The main objective of this work package is to improve the reservoir energy production strategy with carbon capture and s...

Reservoir simulation tools

Improved modeling methodology and simulation capabilities for IOR are important to perform reliable pilot and full field...

Researchers at NCS2030

The centre includes an expert team of geoscientists, reservoir engineers, modellers, data scientists, economics, among o...

Recommended practices – The National IOR Centre of Norway

In this section you will find 11 recommended practices developed by the IOR Centre researchers the last 8 years.

RCN evaluation: "Cutting edge science"

The National IOR Centre of Norway was evaluated this fall. Now the report is complete. A consensus expert panel provides...