TOPIC The Norwegian Move to Smart Grid – Opportunities and Challenges in a European Context 
AREA Power and Energy Systems  
SPEAKER Prof. Olav B. Fosso, Director, Strategic Research Area Energy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway  
DATE 8 October 2015, Thursday 
TIME 2 pm to 3 pm 
VENUE Seminar room EA-02-11, Engineering Blk EA, Faculty of Engineering, NUS 
FEES No Charge 

As in many other countries, energy system sustainability, security, and reliability is also on the Norwegian power system agenda, but the Norwegian strategy needs to follow a path defined by the specific characteristics of the Norwegian power system and electricity use. Approx. 98-99% of the electric power generation in Norway is already based on renewables (hydro power) and the electricity use in households is dominated by space and water heating. As Norway is committed to follow the EU Renewables Directive, 67.5% of the total energy use in Norway (including transport) should come from renewables by 2020. Together with the regulator’s requirement that the DSOs shall install smart meters by 2019 and a large influx of EVs, most main drivers for Smart Grids are the same for Norway as for many other industrialized countries, but the solutions might be somewhat different due to the country specific conditions. This seminar will discuss the opportunities and challenges in this process, and the role of End-users in a flexible energy system. 

Dr. Olav Fosso is a Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and currently serving as the Director of Strategic Thematic Area Energy at NTNU. He is a member of many international working groups. He served as the chairman of CIGRE SC C5 Electricity Markets and Regulation and member of CIGRE Technical Committee from 2008 – 2014 and is now a "Honorary Member of CIGRE". He serves as the Chairman of the Board of NOWITECH (Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology), and a board member of Energy21 (Norwegian National Strategy for Research, Development, Demonstration and Commercialisation of new Energy Technology). His research activities involve offshore grid and market integration of intermittent generation. He is responsible at NTNU for coordination of international initiatives in research and education within the energy field, coordination of national research initiatives as "Centres for Environmentally Friendly Energy (FME)", and development of research and education initiatives with international strategic partners.

Jointly organized by: Green Energy Management and Smart Grid Research Center (GEMS), Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, and Power Engineering Chapter - IEEE Singapore Section  

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