Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ENSYSTRA (Energy Systems in Transition)
Reporting period: 2017-10-01 to 2019-09-30
This ENSYSTRA network puts together a study of key energy technologies and greenhouse gas mitigation options in the North Sea region in terms of (techno-economic and sustainable) potentials, system integration modelling, and spatial aspects at different spatial scales. It includes political and social drivers, as well as market and energy infrastructure issues. The network combines collaboration between different disciplines, modelling arenas, and involves relevant energy industries and regional authorities. This will be important for the North Sea region, which constitutes the main focus area of this programme, as well as for other comparable regions, both in Europe and in the global arena.
In the ENSYSTRA project 15 ESRs are trained in the state of the art science of energy systems transition, scenario analysis and energy modelling tools and methods. The overall objectives of the ENSYSTRA project are:
-Advance the methodological and modelling capabilities of the energy system analysis field.
-Train ESRs in a strong interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral perspective on energy transition, with strong insight in the linkages between different science fields and methods.
-Provide ESRs with key skills and competences to apply interdisciplinary analysis and state- of-the-art science in an industrial, governmental and applied knowledge institutes setting.
-Establish long term collaboration in the field of (energy) systems analysis between the project partners.
-Create and strengthen the linkages between academic disciplines, industrial sectors and government bodies which are relevant to support the energy transition process of the North Sea region.
-Create wider impact on relevant scientific arenas that come together in energy system integration and transition management.
-To contribute to better accessible energy science based on open -source, -data, -access and – knowledge, and to train ESRs in the practice of open science.
Also the ESRs have engaged in various dissemination activities and have received training from their hosting universities and from the dedicated ENSYSTRA training programme. This programme consists of various workshops and summer schools. Till date, 4 have been organized and provided an interesting mix between learning transferable skills, interactions with industry and governmental actors, making collaborative research efforts, interdisciplinary research propositions and learning how to translate research into policy advise.
The ESRs conducted several ‘secondment periods’ with the ENSYSTRA secondment partners, a group of industry partners, NGOs, governments and other knowledge institutes. During these periods, the ESRs have been working ‘in-house’ with the secondment partners, learning valuable new perspectives to further develop their research.
Apart from the fact that climate change and the energy transition are an important issue in our society, the ENSYSTRA research in particular is expected to make a considerable contribution to the energy transition, especially in the North-Sea region. Yet, the research and tools developed in the ENSYSTRA project can be easily modified and reproduced for other regions as well. Considering the nature of the generated result, for which suitability for policy advise and potential applications for society and industry are included in the design of the research, and the verifications that are made with secondment partners, industry, governments, other knowledge institutes and NGOs, the impact of the research is expected to be considerable. Also the fact that the network is training 15 highly qualified experts will have an important impact, as these experts will be part of the new generation of energy experts that have to keep the energy transition moving in the future.
In order to disseminate the above described results, and make them available to society, the ENSYSTRA network has developed a dissemination strategy and all researchers are trained in generating the relevant exposure. As part of the anticipated exposure, by the end of the project, 6 policy briefs have been produced, and 6 policy meetings have been organized. The results of the project are also presented at a closing conference, and also translated into publications for a general public, such as for example short videos or blog-posts. Combined, the ESRs, the research, and the dissemination products of ENSYSTRA are expected to make a valuable contribution to the energy transition and reaching the EU climate goals.