Studying the frames for battery production
NORCE and UiA will together study the political, energy economic and industrial frames for a change to a green growth region - mainly focused on the battery business.
The 3 year project, which starts May 15th this year, will lead to a political roadmap and synthesis report.
- We have a social-technical perspective on the change, focused on the technical development and societal change, the senior researcher at NORCE, Julie Runde Krogstad, says.
She is leading the project.
Renewable energy as a benefit
The University of Agder and NORCE are research partners in the project studying renewable energy as a benefit for the business - and mainly the battery industry. Together as research partners, they have Lister inter communal political council, Setesdal inter communal political council, Agder county, Region Kristiansand, Eastern Agder Region council, Morrow, Agder Energi and Business Region Kristiansand - The Eyde Cluster is supporting the project.
The budget in total is 5,6 MNOK.
The research group wants to reach out to both local, regional and national decision makers. In addition to the regional business. They also want to develop a cooperation with research groups working with energy planning, social studies and social geography.
The research project is separated in 3 main parts. One of the parts will focus on the battery plant, another on how the frames connected to industry politics, energy supply and energy network will influence the battery bet. The third part is focused on how Agder stands out as a regional energy system, in light of an energy change and new industry, compared with Nordland and Västerbotten, who have organized the industry in a different way than Agder does.
Here the researchers are questioning which strategical move, in the regional energy planning, can contribute to a sustainable energy supply and green growth.
– We will, among other things, study how local resources as energy, infrastructure and expertise work to attract and develop new forms of energy intensive industry, and specially the battery industry, the project leader and senior researcher Julie Runde Krogstad says.
The project group will work out a report based on the main findings, which can be useful for the cooperation partners.