Energy Transition - Thinking Green

Energy Transition - Thinking Green

Worldwide the current challenge for the energy markets is moving towards a low carbon economy. In fact, we are in the middle of the energy transition and several fields of research are challenged by this: economics, finance, operations research, engineering, physics, biology or chemistry, policy and law. The core concept of the energy transition are the renewable energies and the need for their flexible integration that also requires new market designs. We witness a shift from traditional power generation technologies towards greener production sources. In addition, we deal with regulatory uncertainty affecting coal and CO2 emissions markets.

Relevant competency

Challenges posed by the energy transition should be judged from several perspectives; hence, students from all NTNU Faculties are very welcome to this EiT village. We will debate on the state of the art taking into account the interdisciplinary characteristic of the energy field and take the opportunity to come up with solutions to design meaningful future energy targets. The joint work of economists, engineers, physicists and chemists as well as biologists and political scientists, among others, will be fundamental to design the energy transition. The interdisciplinary group work will combine not only effective information about the energy markets seen from different perspectives, but will build the concept by applying a large spectrum of methods, hard to cover in individual projects, otherwise. This village is cooperating with energy firms in Norway and abroad that will be invited to interact with students and help defining real-world research problems, among others.

About the village

The class will be split in working groups of 5/6 students from different disciplines. The village supervisor will make sure that there are sufficient interdisciplinary profiles in each group. The topic will be built bottom up. The group final topic will be the result of a brainstorming process, where each student starts by proposing several keywords concerning topics of personal/academic interest, which will be motivated with the group members. The keywords should be chosen in such a way, that they allow students to use expert knowledge from their study field and at the same time reflect personal concerns and interests. During the brainstorming rounds, students will be sharing their keywords, while explaining the other group colleagues their choice. The number of keywords will be gradually reduced following the group dynamics, each student ending with one most relevant keyword which should naturally link to the other group members` choices. The title of the project will naturally emerge after further group discussion rounds. Once defined, the group title cannot be changed. The village aims at encouraging students to combine naturally academic with social exchange.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with energy industry firms on topics of interest for the NTNU H2020 EU grant: CityXChange

15 sep 2020

Fakta om landsbyen - BEIT4011

Course code: BEIT4011
Village: Energy Transition - Thinking Green
Type: Intensive
Language: English
Village supervisor: Floretina Paraschiv 
Semester: Spring 2021

Important information about EiT

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT)
  • EiTs teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see page for students