The project EMPOWER aims at answering the overarching research question: how can batteries used in mobility empower the transition to a net-zero energy system in Norway?
EMPOWER is an interdisciplinary project aimed at developing an encompassing long-term strategy on sustainable batteries.
The EMPOWER project led by Marianne Zeyringer from the Department of Technology Systems also involves researchers from the Department of Psychology, the Department of Informatics, the Department of Mathematics, the department of Education, and the Department of Private Law.
UiO:Energy Convergence Environments are large and interdisciplinary research projects funded by UiO:Energy. They are to strengthen collaboration across the university, and contribute to increased coordination and synergy between researchers and relevant external stakeholders within the field of sustainable energy and the energy transition.Objective
EMPOWER aims at answering the overarching research question: how can batteries used in mobility empower the transition to a net-zero energy system in Norway?
Transport is the highest greenhouse gas-emitting sector in Norway and the decarbonisation of transport is essential to reach the vision of a Norwegian net-zero energy system by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. Batteries represent a key technology to climate change mitigation in the mobility sector, including electric vehicles, scooters, and bicycles. Yet, the environmental costs related to the broad utilization of batteries, including energy use, mineral extractions and chemical waste are significant.
Norway should not only aim to pave the way for a decarbonised transport sector, but also to become a role model in building a sustainable circular battery economy. Therefore, the EMPOWER team will consider the entire life cycle of batteries and address their sustainability in a holistic manner.
Funded by UiO:Energy
Duration: 2021-2025. (The EMPOWER project is due to be launched in January 2022)