CET

Centre for Energy Technologies   

About CET

Centre for Energy Technologies (CET) is an independent research centre at Aarhus University that focuses on the development of new and innovative energy systems for businesses and consumers, primarily in the areas of electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency and hydrogen. It aspires to be one of the leading national and regional producers of independent, high-quality academic research related to energy studies and energy policy. It is funded mostly through competitive, external grants, and currently hosts one professor, four postdoctoral researchers and two PhD students.

Electric Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Research Project

This is an innovative research project that studies electric mobility in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) with a special focus on electric vehicles and V2G technology. The project was initiated in 2015.


V2G technology offers the capacity to receive, store and return power from the batteries in electric vehicles to the electricity grid. Therefore, it has the potential to open a number of system benefits, such as grid-balancing capabilities and end-user (driver) revenue stream.

Relying on a mix of concepts and methods, the project explores the business and social benefits, barriers as well as policies involved in a Nordic transition to EVs and V2G. Central to the project is the fieldwork, interviews and surveys (see this link) we have planned in each country with various stakeholders. The goal is to use the resulting data to compare and contrast the five countries (and the Nordics internationally) on the best practices that help achieve the shift to electric mobility and a further development of V2G.  

Field research on each country has been conducted as follows: Iceland (September-October 2016), Sweden (November 2016), Denmark (February 2017), Finland (March 2017), Norway (April-May 2017).

The research is financed by the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) and is conducted at Aarhus University, see this link.

To participate in the Nordic Vehicle Preference Survey 2016-2017, please click here.

For more information on V2G research project, please contact V2G.research@btech.au.dk.

Publications
To date, we have completed five field trips. To access the policy brief summary of each country, follow the links below:

Iceland 
Sweden 
Denmark
Finland
Norway

Collaboration with municipalities in Jutland

CET also supports a number of municipalities in Central and Western Jutland by implementing innovative energy systems to help them meet Denmark's low carbon goals. One of the projects is 'Project Zero' in the municipality of Sønderborg, one of the most ambitious municipal projects to be zero carbon within ten years. In addition, CET cooperates with the municipalities of Ikast-Brande, Herning, Holstebro, Struer, Lemvig and Ringkøbing-Skjern. Efforts here have targeted supporting market and policy development of innovative energy systems, developing biogas applications, improving energy planning as well as enhancing knowledge dissemination about energy-efficient infrastructure applications.

Future development will focus on three strategic areas: electric vehicles, the integration of renewable energy, and low-carbon transport policy.

Previous projects

Energy companies that CET has worked with so far include:

  • Siemens on wind energy, energy storage and hydrogen fuel cells
  • Vestas on the recycling and improved lifecycle efficiency of wind turbines
  • DONG Energy on offshore wind energy assessments
  • Scanenergi A/S on the smart grid and expanding their business opportunities in the electricity sector
  • EnergiMidt (today Eniig) on solar photovoltaics, among others.