Bergen Energy Lab (BEL)

Presentation of two FME initiatives: Energy SoS and Offshore Wind 2040

The Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) carry out long-term research targeted towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, CCS and social science aspects of energy research. Join the seminar to learn about two local initiatives to be submitted for this fall's call with deadline November 15th.

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Geir Nævdal

is currently a Research Professor at Norce, Division of Energy and Technology.  Nævdal is educated as a mathematician, and have been working with applied research for more than 25 years. I have mostly been working on problems involving porous media flow, flow in wells, and more recently renewable energy, seismic inversion, ultrasound and medicine.

Cristian Guillermo Gebhardt

is a Professor in offshore wind energy at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen (UiB) and the Director of Bergen Offshore Wind Center (BOW).

Cristian has more than 20 years’ experience from the wind industry and in 2012 he completed his doctoral studies related to the aeroelasticity of onshore wind turbines.

Until 2021 he worked at Fraunhofer IWES and Leibniz Universität Hannover, after which he started his position at the University of Bergen.

Since his arrival at UiB, Cristian has secured a prestigious ERC-grant for the development of groundbreaking offshore wind technology and he is now also leading the OW2040 FME-initiative – a collaboration with UiA, UiS, Norce and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR).

About Energy-SoS (Geir Nævdal)

The transition to a net-zero energy system requires significant investments and societal transformations at all levels. Energy-SOS aims to enable design of flexible, decentralized renewable energy systems to ensure local clean, cost-efficient, sustainable, and secure energy supply with a strong focus on energy efficiency and minimizing decision making risk. In a decentralized system, new technologies, such as battery storage and use of hydrogen, will greatly increase local conversion and storage capacity. In addition, optimal use of surplus heat/cooling resources can contribute to large efficiency gains in the system. The centre will focus on strategies for renewable energy production, energy conversion, storage, conservation, and demand-side management while considering uncertainty, risk, and cost. Key tasks include demand shift analysis, energy vector transition, and developing a flexible, open research framework for decentralized energy systems. The research approach of Energy-SoS will be bottom-up, moving from individual entities and small systems to grids of increasing size, building a flexible workflow for integrated and digitized systems which can be customized for green hubs. The primary objective of Energy-SoS is to enable design and operation of decentralized digitized renewable energy systems by empowering stakeholders to make informed decisions in the face of uncertainty, by providing knowledge, methodologies and tools that minimize risks associated with these choices, facilitating the decentralization of energy systems, along with the aggregation of information and data.

About Offshore Wind 2040 (OW2040) - accelerating sustainable offshore wind energy development through research & innovation (Cristian Gebhardt)

Building upon the strengths of Vestland’s, Rogaland’s and Agder’s thriving industry, robust infrastructure, vast knowledge and experience, Offshore Wind 2040 aims to secure Norway’s position as a world-leading hub for offshore wind energy.

We will lay the foundation for advancing knowledge, streamlining decision-making processes, increasing visibility and public perception, develop eco-friendly solutions, and minimizing potential conflicts with other marine activities.

We will contribute to fast and sustainable development of offshore wind energy by considering:

  • Management of marine ecosystems
  • Governance and social readiness
  • Offshore resource assessment and planning
  • Smart monitoring strategies
  • Digital decision-making processes