The innovation project Smart Senja is carried out by leading entrepenours within the energy industry, in close collaboration with the people at Senja.
Troms Kraft Net is the project leader and the biggest investor. The power company Ishavskraft is an innovative provider of energy, while Troms Kraft Production is a major producer of renewable energy. Powel, Nodes and Enfo are leading providers of software solutions within their respective specialities. Eaton is contributing with innovative battery technology. Solbes is a major North Norwegian provider of solar power plants. UiT – the Arctic University of Norway, has the largest interdisciplinary research community in the region. Several researchers, masters students and four doctoral candidates are involved in this project through UiTs research center ARC (Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy) and is organizing their research activities through the research project RENEW (Transformation to a Renewable and Smart Rural Power System Community).
The local businesses “Brødrene Karlsen” and “Nergård AS” are not only corner stones in their community, but also internationally renowned sea food suppliers. They are experiencing rapid development and growth, and are pilot users of the solutions in this project.
As a whole, this consortium of broad knowledge and competence has the innovative power required to realise an ‘energy system of the future’. Smart Senja could not have been initiated without financial support from Enova – a major driving force behind the current transition to the low emission society in Norway.
In Smart Senja Matteo contributes to work package 3
«As a material scientist working on creating and implementating technologies necessary to adapt the current energy system into a more sustainable, competitive and secure one, I design and investigate engineered nanomaterials for solar energy conversion and storage systems. Currently I focus my research on tackling specific challenges related to the deployment of renewable energy under arctic conditions through a synthetic and symbiotic approach. I cultivate interdisciplinarity and combine technologies to create optimal solutions while ensuring their harmonious integration in a societal context to achieve sustainable living and the wellbeing of people. This approach has characterized my research at Masdar Institute (now KU) where, since 2007 I have systematically tackled several of the major challenges related to solar energy implementation in desert environment. The outcome of my research has been pivotal in the realization of photovoltaics projects promising electricity at record-low prices with PPA (power purchase agreement) bids reaching as low as 1.79c/kWh.»
Daniel Stølsbotn is Platform Operations Manager at NODES and his main responsibility is to set up the company’s operational systems and processes and ensure that NODES complies with relevant national and European regulation. Before joining NODES he worked three years at the power exchange Nord Pool. Daniel holds a Masters of Science in electrical power engineering from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science.
Berit er prosjektleder for UiT i Smart Senja, der hun koordinerer forskere og stipendiater sin innsats i prosjektet. I Smart Senja leder hun arbeidet med samfunn og kunnskapsformidling (WP5).