Presenting the partners: NTNU
By Mari Kristine Buckholm, Smart Innovation Norway 10. August 2017
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology aims to show how intelligent control can increase the amount of renewable energy at a low cost.
The Department of Electric Power Engineering (Elkraft) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is among the international leaders for teaching and research within its field.
At the same time, the Centre for Technology and Society (CTS) at NTNU delivers state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research on sustainable energy and energy efficiency. It covers energy policy, energy markets, innovation and commercialisation, socialization and domestication, energy cultures, energy efficiency, and public engagement.
“NTNU has key competence within power system planning, energy storage optimization, power markets, as well as end-user practices and behaviour analysis”, says Magnus Korpås, professor at Department of Electric Power Engineering and project coordinator for INVADE.
He explains that EU energy projects are important to NTNU, which is why the university is part of INVADE.
“Active participation in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is a main priority for us. Energy is a prioritized strategic research area at NTNU, and smart energy systems are one of our main activities with the energy field”, the professor emphasizes.
NTNU’s role in INVADE
The Norwegian university is responsible for the INVADE flexibility management systems (Work Package 5), in addition to user practices and behaviour analysis (task 9.2).
“Our main contribution is the development of suitable methods and models for optimizing the utilization of stationary and mobile batteries (electric vehicles) connected to weak distribution grids with high share of renewable energy sources”, says Korpås. He adds:
“Our aim is to show how intelligent control of such flexible resources can increase the amount of solar power panels and wind turbines that can be integrated in the grid, without costly grid upgrades”.
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