Partners & People – Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU, Norway


Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU, Norway (NTNU)

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s primary centre for technological research and education with a firm foundation in the natural sciences. NTNU’s intensity of university-industry cooperation has been ranked fourth in the world (Tijssen, 2010).

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at NTNU is the nationally leading institution for materials science and engineering and works in close cooperation with Norwegian and international solar cell industry with the development of new materials and solar cell concepts.

Department of Electric Power Engineering deals with topics related to conversion, transmission and distribution of electric power. The activities cover both component development and system analysis. Integration of renewable energy in the existing system is a major topic in our activities. Different storage options (hydro power, flexibility of end users, electric vehicles, batteries) due to intermittency of the renewable energy sources are of focus areas besides focus on smartgrids, hydropower and offshore wind development.

Together with SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, NTNU leads the Norwegian Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB), which develops competitive solutions for market penetration of zero emission buildings related to their production, operation and demolition. Its operation is funded by the Norwegian Research Council in co-operation with major industry partners, with a portfolio of pilot projects and research including existing, historic and new building and neighbourhood development. ZEB includes experts within material science, building technology, energy technology, architecture, and social science, and this interdisciplinary team is also represented in CoSSMic. NTNU also leads several national research projects related to the Norwegian Cities of the Future programme including the development of the energy-efficient, carbon-neutral, high-quality Brøset neighbourhood in Trondheim, case and partner in ZEB-DESIGN.

Main tasks in the project

NTNU will support in WP 2 with the user recruitment design, in WP3 with the storage solutions, energy flow and storage modelling, and in WP5 and 6 with the user experience and involvement evaluation. NTNU will participate in the outreach activities of WP7, specifically with the summer school via the NorRen initiative.

People involved in the project

Assoc. Prof. Gabriella Tranell is a process metallurgist with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UNSW 1999. Prior to joining NTNU in 2009, she worked as senior scientist and research manager with SINTEF for 10 years. She has led several large national programs and international collaborative projects with industry. She is the coordinator for the Centre for Renewable Energy (SFFE) in Norway, and will coordinate NTNU’s efforts needed for this project.

Prof. Olav Bjarte Fosso is at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 2002 and is Head of department of Electric Power Engineering. Before 2002 he worked at SINTEF Energy on development of methods/principles for utilization of renewable energy in electricity markets and transmission network utilization. Chairman of CIGRE SC C5 Electricity Markets and Regulation and member of CIGRE Technical Committee. He is the NTNU’s Board member of NOWITECH (Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology). He is responsible at NTNU for the Erasmus Mundus Program on Wind Energy. A program operated jointly with DTU (Denmark), TU Delft (Netherland) and University of Oldenburg (Germany). He is also involved in the work package on integration aspects of the EU-funded MARINA project. The research activities involve offshore grid and market integration of intermittent generation.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Berker holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Currently, he works at NTNU’s Centre for Technology and Society and leads the social scientific activities within the Norwegian
Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) which is hosted by NTNU’s architectural faculty. His main field of expertise is socio-technical studies of technology production, implementation and use. During the last 12 years this expertise has been developed in close research collaborations with engineers and architects.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Annemie Wyckmans B.A. (Observer) is an architect with a Ph.D. in Building Technology. She has 14 years of experience in research, development and education related to the development of low-carbon, resource-efficient, climate-resilient neighbourhoods. Wyckmans has good experience in leading Work Packages in international projects.