The threat of climate change and natural disasters has mobilized the world, and promoted the development of new technology and solutions to increase the use of renewable energy, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve energy efficiency. This is called the green shift.
Simultaneously, the informatics revolution has been progressing for decades, building momentum, and increasingly becoming an integral part of human life. Just like digitalization of music lead to mp3 and streaming services which disrupted the music industry, and just like Tesla’s innovative battery management software has made electrical vehicles feasible, so will we be able to revolutionize the energy sector if we can develop a comprehensive integration of energy and informatics.
The energy informatics disruption is imminent. By unlocking its potential the University of Stavanger together with leading academic research institutions and energy industry companies will strive to harness this technological opportunity to facilitate green growth in Norway, generating both economic and environmental benefits through the green shift.
With all relevant stakeholders involved the University of Stavanger intends to take a lead in building a national team of energy informatics to enable green growth and better energy experience through smart integration of sustainable energy systems and services, redefining business models and optimizing the value creation from Norwegian energy resources.
Together with several leading academic research institutions and energy industry companies, including UiO, NTNU, ØUC, Lyse, SMARTIO, UiS has applied to the Research Council of Norway for funding of a Centre for Energy Informatics (CEI) as a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME).
Centre for Energy Informatics (CEI) will work towards its mission in five research areas:
Expand energy requirements with flexibility and resilience features in a holistic methodology.
Local energy markets
Explore how Norwegian energy resources could be used in new ways to create value and green growth.
Increase the competence and competitiveness of the Norwegian energy sector to empower end users through sustainable and adaptive services and technologies.
Green business models and innovation
Utilize ICT together in new business models for companies to develop new energy services, creating value and jobs and reducing time-to-market in the Norwegian energy sector.
Crosscutting use cases and communication
Provide a platform to validate, study and disseminate the technologies, market designs, end-user roles and business models developed in the other research areas with a holistic approach.