NTRANS has the pleasure of welcoming you to a new season of our bi-weekly lunch box webinars. This spring semester the webinars will take place on Wednesdays at 12-13.00.
Presenter: Jonas Kristiansen Nøland
“Unlocking the Role of Nuclear Power in the Energy Transition”
Nuclear power is experiencing a renaissance worldwide as a key solution to achieving fossil-free electricity generation. The geopolitical effects on energy prices, the unprecedented demand for clean, abundant energy, and the desire to reach net zero emissions by 2050 are among the driving forces. Institutions such as MIT, IPCC, and IEA acknowledge the role of nuclear power in the journey toward a deeply decarbonized world.
In this presentation, Jonas Nøland will discuss planned activities and preliminary results from the NERES project at NTNU, which explores "Nuclear Energy's role in a Renewable Energy System". He will also present recent research on the spatial energy density of nuclear power compared to alternative sources and argue that nuclear power is the most environmentally friendly energy source, as supported by reports from the EU's science panel and the UNECE. Additionally, the role of nuclear power will be explained to encompass more than just electricity, which is often overlooked, and focus on optimizing the Norwegian and Nordic energy systems in relation to Europe.
Jonas Kristiansen Nøland is currently an Associate Professor of Energy Conversion with NTNU, an Associate Professor II with USN, a senior member of the IEEE, and a researcher within Nuclear Energy's role in a Renewable Energy System (NERES-project). He is also the coordinator of NTNU's Clean Aviation research initiative and the communication manager for the hydropower system project SysOpt.
He holds a PhD in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University's Angstrom Laboratory. Since 2022, he has been a part of NTNU's Academic Fellows Programme.
Additionally, he is serving as an Associate Editor for the American scientific journals IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification. Since 2022, he has also been the Chair for the IEEE Power and Energy Society Chapter of Norway.
Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, Vice Director NTRANS