Policy brief #1 – Advanced biofuels and carbon capture can pave the way for the EU climate goals

Advanced biofuels production is limited and needs to accelerate to keep up with the energy transition challenge. How to do it and what is needed? Coupling advanced biofuels with CCS can be a way out. Read this policy brief to find out.

If you have any questions of queries, please direct them to the ENSYSTRA Project Manager Dirk Kuiken or Deborah Groeneweg.

If you are interested in the specifics of the 15 research projects, you can find summaries and video explanations from the researchers here.

Our project is supported by 23 industry partner institutions.

Policy brief #1 – Advanced biofuels and carbon capture can pave the way for the EU climate goals2021-04-30T09:03:47+00:00

Blog #11 – Modelling Dispatchable Loads in Interlinked Power, Heat and Transport Models

What motivated you to do this project?

Bangladesh is one of the countries which are impacted the most because of the rapid climate change. It is a country where 20% of the country will go underwater if it rises 1 meter higher than now, causing to displace 30 million people – the so-called climate refugees. Some researchers projected that if the sea level increases by 2 meters by 2100, there will be more than 50 million climate refugees. The only way to mitigate this rapid climate change is to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Being a Bangladeshi, I have played a proactive role in minimising the emission using the state-of-the-art sciences. After […]

Blog #11 – Modelling Dispatchable Loads in Interlinked Power, Heat and Transport Models2021-03-01T10:44:02+00:00

Blog #10 – Transition Policies for Oil and Gas Incumbents

About my research

My research explores the prospects for the oil and gas industry to play a more meaningful role in Europe’s energy transition. Focusing on the North Sea region, my research examines oil and gas company strategies in relation to low carbon energy, including investment, innovation, and the role of policy and regulation. The research draws from theories in innovation studies, business studies, and science and technology studies. It analysis in an integrated way the technological, organizational and political processes which are reshaping the boundaries between the traditional fossil fuel and the renewables-based energy industries. The outcomes of the project include an understanding of how existing actors in the oil […]

Blog #10 – Transition Policies for Oil and Gas Incumbents2021-02-10T14:46:22+00:00

Blog #9 – Market Design to support Energy Transitions

About my research

The objective of my research is to explore how markets can be designed and operated to support the North Sea and wider EU energy transitions. The idea is to develop models that move away from traditional central optimization-based approaches towards models that include the complexities of real-world gas, electricity and other energy markets, including: imperfect competition, barriers to trade, and neighbouring jurisdictions with different market mechanisms.

The models considered are (partial) equilibrium models, cast as mathematical problems with equilibrium constraints (MPECs). The method selected is Complementarity Modelling of Energy Markets and in conjunction with more qualitative analysis, the models will then be used to identify market designs and energy […]

Blog #9 – Market Design to support Energy Transitions2021-01-06T10:14:49+00:00

Blog #8 – My journey into the field of energy system modelling.

The transition towards a sustainable energy system is a process that not only offers hope to steer the worlds current trajectory away from the devastating impacts of climate change but it also carries a lot of questions and uncertainties. These uncertainties spread across multiple sectors and discipline. During my carrier, I have been engaging with different actors in the power sector.  This helped me better understand how these uncertainties affect them specifically. For example, among the top priorities of an electricity service provider is that the service they offer to their customers must remain affordable and reliable. The intermittency of certain renewables, in particular wind and solar, can pose a […]

Blog #8 – My journey into the field of energy system modelling.2020-11-02T10:51:51+00:00

Blog #7 – Deployment of offshore wind farms in the North Sea

In pursuit of reaching the ambitious energy goals for 2030 and 2050, the countries surrounding the North Sea basin have substantially increased their efforts in deploying large-scale offshore wind farms (Fig. 1). However, several studies indicated a serious scarcity of suitable offshore locations for wind farms, in areas with a water depth above -55 m [1], especially in the southern part of the North Sea. Scenarios, such as Wind Europe Central Scenario for the deployment of renewable energy in the North Sea, propose up to 48 GW installed capacity by 2030 [2], approx. 3 times the installed capacity in 2019. Moreover, a large-scale deployment for offshore wind farms is raising […]

Blog #7 – Deployment of offshore wind farms in the North Sea2020-10-07T09:07:04+00:00

Blog #6 – Industrial decarbonisation: Why is it important for the Energy transition?


The image of wind-turbines working along with large-scale PV plants is the first thing that comes to our mind, when we hear the term Energy Transition. In recent times, there has also been a focus on decarbonising the transport sector with electric vehicles powered by solar and wind energy. The coal gas fired heating system in buildings are being replaced with heat pumps in order to reduce the carbon footprint of our houses and commercial dwellings. While, these are extremely important steps, an important part of the jigsaw puzzle achieving a green transition of global economy remains relatively untouched. The industrial sector, especially the energy-intensive industries […]

Blog #6 – Industrial decarbonisation: Why is it important for the Energy transition?2020-08-06T09:05:54+00:00

Blog #5 – Sustainability and ethical perspectives for energy system modeling

Introduction to my research

My research mainly focuses on the modeling of investments and policies for a future low-carbon electricity system with the integration of large-scale variable renewable energy (VRE) for the North Sea Region. According to the EU Roadmap 2050, the power sector is expected to mitigate nearly all its CO2 emissions by 2050. To achieve this goal, more and more wind- and solar power are invested in Europe for electricity supply. An electricity system with a high penetration level of VRE such as wind and solar may bring more challenges in load balance and system operation due to the intermittency of VRE resources. In regard to this, the main […]

Blog #5 – Sustainability and ethical perspectives for energy system modeling2020-07-09T10:00:06+00:00

Blog #4 – Renewable advanced biofuels and their role in the energy system

Renewable advanced biofuels and their role in the energy system

Advanced biofuels are liquid fuels for transport produced from certain feedstock that meet sustainability and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission criteria. These can be lignocellulosic feedstocks (i.e. agricultural and forestry residues), non-food crops (i.e. grasses, miscanthus, algae), or industrial waste and residue streams that have low CO2 emission or high GHG reduction, and reaches zero or low indirect land use change (ILUC) impact, overcoming the main drawbacks of conventional or first generation biofuels. By 2030, European Member States must require fuel suppliers to supply a minimum of 14% of the energy consumed in road and rail transport as renewable energy, with a […]

Blog #4 – Renewable advanced biofuels and their role in the energy system2020-06-15T12:01:22+00:00

Workshop Stavanger

From 11-14 May the ENSYSTRA project hosted its first online Workshop, organised by University of Stavanger. The topic of this Workshop was ‘Future Sustainable Energy Systems: Technology and Innovation for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy’. The week was packed with interesting presentations but also workshops concerning fundraising and grant writing, career development, creativity and innovation. Guest speakers shared their insight on topics such as Hydropower and energy system modelling in government, the role of hydropower in the green transition, blue hydrogen, offshore wind and hydropower in sustainable utilization.

Next to that, the ESRs had time to update each other on the progress of their research and make a first draft for […]

Workshop Stavanger2020-06-03T11:45:58+00:00
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