Society RA5

In Society, we manage HighEFF's innovation activities. This includes research on enablers and barriers for innovation and the realization of HighEFF technologies, as well as facilitating innovation through workshops and conferences. The contribution of NTNU Society Research and Nord University (link to website) ensures a high level of research.

We also handle the HighEFF's dissemination and communication with both internal and external stakeholders, and allocate funding for at least one novel emerging concept each year.

Potential innovations:

  • Business concepts for energy utilization between industries
  • Concepts for effective interaction between businesses and researchers
  • Methodologies for parametric evaluation of technical and sociotechnical barriers and enablers for the realisation of HighEFF concepts
  • Recommendations for policy framework conditions that promote HighEFF concepts

Society consists of the following Work Packages (WP)

WP 5 Society Ingrid Camilla Claussen SINTEF Energy Research
WP5.1 Innovation, barriers and enablers Jens Røyrvik NTNU
WP5.2 Novel emerging concepts Arne Petter Ratvik SINTEF Industry
WP5.3 Dissemination and communication Ingrid Camilla Claussen SINTEF Energy Research

2017 Results

Innovation, barriers and enablers:

A first survey of innovation potential and cooperation relations in HighEFF has been conducted. This has included an literature review, interviews of researchers and industry representatives, and resulted in input to centre innovation structures and roadmaps, further management of industry/research collaboration and new cooperation arenas especially between RAs 4/5/6. We have also conducted case studies that include, among other things, document studies, interviews and industrial visits, which resulted in an article on the sociotechnical aspect of energy sharing in heterogeneous constellations. A case study on regulatory frameworks (such as emission trading) for industrial clusters that share CO-gas was also conducted, the results of which appear in an article in addition to a pentagon analysis of organizational dependencies in industrial clusters.

Novel Emerging Concepts (NEC):

Novel emerging concepts produced through cooperation between HighEFF partners and research assignment, will be actively looked for and handled. To build upon the innovation task force in the Centre, HighEFF has allocated 1.5 MNOK/year for funding of NECs related to the research and innovation objectives within the Centre. Evaluation procedures for spin-offs and novel emerging concepts have been developed and agreed on. The procedures for evaluation of the Concepts and execution and follow up on Concepts that have been granted support is prepared. In short, the report describes 5 stages for handling the Concepts; (1) The Call, (2) The Evaluation, (3) Plan and Budget Approval, (4) Concept Execution, and, (5) Post Project. First announcement will be in Q1 /2018.

Dissemination and Communication:

A first outline of the Dissemination and Communication plan is finished, and will be actively used and updated every year. The content is based on close cooperation with SINTEF ER's communication staff and RA5. The HighEFF Website is established ( showing relevant news and upcoming events, in addition to HighEFF results. Dissemination standards and design, such as HighEFF logo, PP-template, deliverable template, are available. In total 13 blog articles and 4 newsletters (Highlights) were published during the first period of FME HighEFF. Our ambition is to increase these numbers even more in 2018.

Deliverables Society RA5 

  • A QUESTION OF POWER - The Politics of Kilowatt-Hours (pdf)
    by Torgeir Kolstø Haavik, Jens Olgard Dalseth Røyrvik, Catharina Lindheim