In June 2018, Norway launched an updated national strategy for research, development, demonstration and commercialisation of new climate-friendly energy technology.
Fast-track from idea to market PILOT-E is a collaboration between different Norwegian energy research, development and demonstration support schemes. it works as a “fast-track” through the stages of research from idea to market. PILOT-E has been highlighted at earlier Ministerials and has been very successful. The maritime sector has been a priority so far. By 2022, around 70 new electric ferries will be operating on the Norwegian fords. There are also projects for hydrogen ferries underway. This is being made possible by public funding to develop the required technology and the roll – out of necessary infrastructure. Today, as a rule, all new public tenders for car ferries require zero or low emission technology.
Norway is currently developing a full-chain demonstration project. This includes capture, transport and storage solutions. Norcem and Fortum Oslo Varme is currently studying CO2-capture at their respective plants (a cement plant and a waste incineration facility). At the same time, Equinor, Shell and Total are working on a solution for transport and storage. The plan is to transport CO2 from the industrial sites and store it offshore. The storage facilities will have excess capacity much more than what is needed for domestic needs and the transport solution will be flexible. Thus, Norway is preparing the ground for future European projects, making it more attractive for European industry to consider CO2-capture.
Norway participates actively in ACT. ACT means Accelerating Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technologies and the ambition of the 13 partners is to fund research and innovation projects that can lead to safe and cost-effective technology. This is a multilateral initiative involving different MI countries. ACT published the first call for project proposals in June 2016. Eight new projects were started in the autumn of 2017 with € 41.2 million in financial support from ACT. A second ACT call was published 4th June 2018. The budget for the call is up to € 30 million and full project proposals were submitted on 1st March 2019. Another call is planned for 2020.
Norway had host a workshop for Innovation Challenges 3(IC3) such as the Mission Innovation(MI) Carbon Capture Challenge in Trondheim in June 2019. It is important to ensure continued progress in the direction of full-scale implementation and commercialization of CO2 capture, utilisation and storage technologies. A workshop is, therefore, held back to back with the Trondheim Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)-10 Conference where 400-500 CCS experts are gathered. Representatives from all MI members are invited.
A collaboration between the Center for Electric Power and Energy, the Danish association Intelligent Energy (iEnergi) and the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community was formed with the purpose of further strengthening the Danish participation in Innovation Challenges 1(IC1) in the period 2019-2020. It is the first project supporting Mission Innovation(MI) activities to receive funding from the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP). The collaboration was initiated through IC1.
In June 2018, the Danish government signed an energy agreement with the unanimous support of all parties in the Danish parliament. The agreement establishes a professional and efficient energy sector as the basis for the transition to a sustainable green society, and focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements, research, and energy regulation. The agreement provides for significant investments to realise the ambition of a low-emission society by the year 2050. It also establishes the framework for a cost-effective green transition, taking into account the costs for society and individuals, as well as the rapidly advancing technology.
In 2018 Innovation fund, Denmark invested 103 million DKK(currency sign) more than was earmarked for energy research and innovation through the Mission Innovation(MI) doubling commitment.
As part of the official Clear Energy Ministerial (CEM) and Mission Innovation(MI) activities in Copenhagen and Malmö in May 2018, Denmark hosted a public workshop on Innovation Challenges 1(IC1). At the workshop a joint statement and recommendations were handed over to the ministerial representatives from India, Italy, Sweden and Denmark present at the workshop. In the joint statement it is stressed that the IC1 working group continue its commitment to strongly supporting the ongoing fruitful joint collaboration within IC1. A collaboration between the Center for Electric Power and Energy, the Danish association Intelligent Energy (iEnergi) and the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community was formed with the purpose of further strengthening the Danish participation in the Innovation Challenges 1(IC1) in the period 2019-2020. It is the first project supporting MI activities to receive funding from the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP). The research collaboration Sino Danish Center(SDC), which the Technical University of Denmark is part of, has a new theme on ‘Sustainable Energy’. The collaboration supports PhD-scholarships and the purpose is to achieve international excellence in research and education in sustainable energy systems and deliver high quality candidates to the energy sector. In 2019 EUDP, the Danish energy research, development and demonstration program, has included MI activities as part of their funding scheme.
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