Energi21 – National strategy for research and development of new energy technology
Article | Last updated: 17/10/2022 | Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Energi21 is the Norwegian strategy for research, development and commercialisation of new climate friendly energy technologies. Established in 2008 it focuses on enhanced value creation and efficient use of resources in the sector by putting efforts into research and development and new technology.
Energi21 sets goals and advises the authorities and the industry on the Norwegian research and technology development efforts on renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS). Commissioned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE), the strategy has been developed by the industry, research institutions and relevant government bodies.
Energi21 aims at contributing to a coordinated, efficient and goal-oriented focus on research and technology efforts, where increased commitment from the energy industry is key.
The main tools in the follow-up of the strategy are the MPE's R&D funding through the Norwegian Research Council, Gassnova and relevant programmes under Enova and Innovation Norway.
The government-appointed board of Energi21 is tasked with following up of the work on the strategy, as well as advising the Ministry on R&D funding allocations. The board is dominated by the industry, but research institutes and authorities are also represented.
The board's revised strategy from 2022 is based on input from 700 representatives from industry and research environments. Its vision is to further develop Europe’s best energy system by focusing on three main challenges that needs to be solved:
- Decarbonising transport and industry.
- A reliable, competitive and environmentally friendly energy supply.
- Developing new green industries and marine energy technologies.
The strategy puts forward eight focus areas which are given special attention: Offshore wind, hydrogen, solar energy, CCS, Batteries and Hydropower, integrated and efficient energy systems and Energy markets and regulations.Amongst the recommendations of the strategy is:
- Rapid, flexible policy instruments and green risk capital.
- Energy research budgets must be increased.
- The business sector should take responsibility for technology leadership.
- Educational capacity and programmes must reflect the energy system of the future.
- Further develop a broad, robust technology and competence platform in the field of energy.
- International research and innovation collaboration increases competitiveness.
You may find more information on Energi 21's webpage.