The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Trondheim, Norway Visit the website

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the primary Norwegian university in engineering and technology.

By end 2015, it was Norway’s second largest university with more than 21000 students. As a full range university, NTNU encompasses 7 faculties and 53 departments. Between 250 and 300 PhD-degrees are awarded annually, within the fields of technology, science, arts and humanities, social sciences and medicine.

NTNU has a broad range of contacts with industry. The annual budget of NTNU is around € 600 million, 25% of which is externally funded.

Dept. of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU
The department of Electric Power Engineering (Elkraft) is among the international leaders for teaching and research within its field. Elkraft is part of the Faculty of Information technology, Mathematics and Electrical engineering (IME) at NTNU. The research groups cover the fields of Electric Power Technology, Power Systems and Energy Conversion.

Centre for technology and society, NTNU
Centre for Technology and Society (CTS) is an interdisciplinary unit and a section of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at NTNU. The department offers a master programme and a PhD programme centered on science and technology studies (STS). CTS has since 1992 been engaged in state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research on sustainable energy and energy efficiency. Today, 23 people are engaged in this research area, covering energy policy, energy markets, innovation and commercialisation, socialization and domestication, energy cultures, energy efficiency, and public engagement. The group has a well-established competence in the field of gender and technology. The group’s work draws on the field of science and technology studies (STS) and studies of science, technology and innovation (STI). This means that the projects are in dialogue with broader theoretical concerns related to technology policy, social shaping of technology, innovation, design/user interfaces, domestication, social learning, gender issues, and transition studies.

Tasks in the project
Analyse the flexibility alternatives in distribution grids with high penetration of renewables and grid constraints, Assessment of the potential value of alternatives in the future with demand growth from EVs, renewables integration and distributed storage units and energy storage units’ allocation/positioning and sizing algorithm development. User behaviour study – analysis and impact measures.

NTNU is leading WP 5 and Task 9.2

Core competences

  • Optimization of energy storage in connection with renewables (investment and operation)
  • Investment planning of grids, including a future North Sea Grid
  • Large scale integration of renewable energy sources in Europe
  • The use of hydro power as a balancing asset