Energi21 – National strategy for research and development of new energy technology

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 ressources in the sector by putting efforts into research and development and new technology.

Energi21 sets goals and advises on research and development of technology for renewables, energy efficiency, as well as 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. It aims at contributing to a coordinated, efficient and goal-oriented focus on research and technology, with a strong commitment by the energy sector at its center.

The main tools in the follow-up of the strategy are the MPE's allocations to the Norwegian Research Council and Enova, Norway's state enterprise to promote energy efficiency and climate technology..  

The government-appointed board of Energi21 is tasked with following up the work on the strategy, as well as advising the Ministry on research funding allocations. The board is dominated by the industry, but research institutes and authorities are also represented.

The board's revised strategy from September 2014 recommends more public funding for research, development and demonstration within six priority areas:

  • Hydropower
  • Flexible energy systems
  • Solar power
  • Offshore wind power
  • Energy efficiency
  • Carbon capture and storage

These are areas where Norway enjoys comparative competitive advantages, thanks to its natural energy resources, a strong technology and knowledge base and industry experience. Among the priority areas, Energi21 recommends especially investments in hydropower and flexible energy systems. In addition, Energi21 underlines the need to maintain and develop a knowledge platform relevant for the whole energy area.

More information on Energi21's website.