ITS in the final for the Nordic Energy Challenge
Associate professor Marianne Zeyringer from ITS is one of three finalists for the Nordic Energy Challenge 2020. The winner will be announced on November the 3rd.
Associate professor Marianne Zeyringer's research aim is to contribute to the transformation to future net-zero energy systems.
The organization Nordic Energy Research has asked for submissions that:
- Featured scenarios for a 2050 carbon neutral Nordic society with competitive sustainable solutions, a 2040 carbon neutral Nordic energy system, and a 2030 carbon neutral Nordic electricity system.
- Described how different barriers can be handled on the pathway towards 2050.
- Described the added value of Nordic cooperation.
- Energy and power system models are used to map transitions to low carbon societies and to advise policy and planning on how to achieve them. Usually energy/power system modellers sit in their universities, defining scenarios and publishing reports mostly aimed at other academics or policy makers. There is very little input from lay people into the design of the scenarios and little communication from researchers to the general public, says ITS associate professor Marianne Zeyringer.
- However, with a pressing urgency to mitigate climate change and making the energy transition successful, we need everyone to be on board.
An important puzzle stone in a common Nordic zero carbon energy future
-This project takes a novel approach bringing together an interdisciplinary team of scientists, educators and artists. Participation across the Nordics shall trigger a common understanding of all sitting in the same boat and being an important puzzle stone in a common Nordic zero carbon energy future. The project team will jointly use energy system models as a participatory tool to co-design energy scenarios and share those via artistic performances with the public conveying the urgency of action to young and old audience across the Nordics, says the associate professor.
- Great opportunity to think creatively and completely outside existing disciplinary boundaries, frameworks and funding schemes
- I am happy to be chosen to participate and discuss with the other finalists and audience our ideas for a 2050 carbon neutral Nordic society. The Nordic Energy Challenge is a great opportunity to think creatively and completely outside existing disciplinary boundaries, frameworks and funding schemes, adds Zeyringer.
A way to encourage stakeholders
“Nordic Energy Research wants to shape innovative research and promote new ideas with exciting perspectives that bring added value to the Nordic region. With this goal in mind we created the Nordic Energy Challenge as a way to encourage energy stakeholders – including companies, researchers, non-profit organizations, think-tanks, students and individuals – to come up with innovative solutions to the green transition”. Source:www.nordicenergy.org
The winner to be announced on November the 3rd
You can join the 3 finalists of the NEC as they present their project and the winner will be announced here in this link on the 3rd of November.