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Gemini Centre Hydropower Optimization

Gemini Centre Hydropower Optimization

Research Manager
456 78 235

The centre will address optimization for planning and operation of hydropower-based power systems. The centre will work to maintain and evolve the world-leading competencies on this field at SINTEF and NTNU, as well as answering the challenges hydro is facing in a future, renewable energy system.

About the Centre

The Gemini centre for hydropower optimization will strengthen academic and industrial competencies by facilitating use and development of methods and models used in hydropower scheduling. The centre will reinforce the successful collaboration between SINTEF and NTNU in education and research related to hydropower optimization.

The participating groups from SINTEF and NTNU already have established cooperation though various KPN and FMEs such as Hydrocen, as well as joint education and supervision of master and PhD students. This collaboration will be strengthened and formalized through the Gemini centre.

The centre will give increased national and international visibility of the joint competences of the participating groups, as well as increased research activity and opportunities for hosting workshops and conferences.

Challenges and opportunities:

  • Hydropower is the backbone of the Norwegian power supply and needs robust, state-of-the-art decision-making tools to fulfil this central role.
  • The transition of the power system and integration of intermittent renewables offers both challenges and opportunities for hydropower; the supply of energy becoming less valuable, while flexibility and new products become more important.
  • There is a demand in the hydropower industry for decision-making tools for new business models for energy and flexibility.
  • The Gemini Centre will build knowledge for hydropower optimization which, through research, development and new technology, will further develop advanced decision support tools for planning and operation of the Nordic hydropower system.

The main objective of the centre is to maintain and strengthen the professional competence for planning and operation of hydropower. This will be done by formalizing collaboration between the professional groups, highlighting R&D challenges and expertise, as well as providing a basis for strengthened efforts for research in hydropower optimization.

Sub-goals:

  • Coordinate and strengthen research and education for hydropower optimization at SINTEF and NTNU
  • Maintain the position as a world-leading professional environment in the field of hydropower optimization
  • Increase visibility of the research being done in the participating groups to increase opportunities for gift professorships
  • Facilitate the use and further development of existing and new tools and models in education and research
  • Accelerate the development of a new generation of decision-making tools for a renewable and integrated power system with a large share of hydropower production

Participants in the centre:


Read more on: SINTEFs research on Hydropower - FME Hydrocen


 

Laboratories

Steering group

Knut Samdal

Research Director
901 43 638
Name
Knut Samdal
Title
Research Director
Phone
901 43 638
Department
Energy Systems
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF Energi AS

Ole-Morten Midtgård

Instituttleder/Head of Department
+ 47 418 01 986
Name
Ole-Morten Midtgård
Title
Instituttleder/Head of Department
Organization
NTNU, Institutt for elkraftteknikk/NTNU, Department of Electric Power Engineering

Olav B. Fosso

Professor, Nestleder - Forskning/Professor, Deputy Head of Department - Research
+ 47 995 89 248
Name
Olav B. Fosso
Title
Professor, Nestleder - Forskning/Professor, Deputy Head of Department - Research
Organization
NTNU, Institutt for elkraftteknikk/NTNU, Department of Electric Power Engineering

Birger Mo

Chief Scientist
930 86 693
Name
Birger Mo
Title
Chief Scientist
Phone
930 86 693
Department
Energy Systems
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF Energi AS

Management team

Stefan Jaehnert

Research Manager
456 78 235
Name
Stefan Jaehnert
Title
Research Manager
Phone
456 78 235
Department
Energy Systems
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF Energi AS

Magnus Korpås

Professor
+47 970 42 009
Name
Magnus Korpås
Title
Professor
Organization
NTNU, Institutt for elkraftteknikk/ntnu, Department of Electric Power Engineering

Stein-Erik Fleten

Professor
+ 47 466 94 793
Name
Stein-Erik Fleten
Title
Professor
Organization
NTNU, Institutt for industriell økonomi og teknologiledelse/NTNU, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

Ellen Krohn Aasgård

Research Manager
934 06 340
Name
Ellen Krohn Aasgård
Title
Research Manager
Phone
934 06 340
Department
Energy Systems
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF Energi AS