E-LAND Norway (E-NO) Symposium based on experiences / key-outcomes of the E-LAND project

Theme: Social Innovation as an enabler to create a concrete impact on technical, economical and societal aspects of Sustainable Energy transition


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Smart Innovation Norway (SIN) and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) collaborate to organize the symposium with the intent of showcasing the impact of Norwegian research on society, particularly from the sustainable energy perspective. The symposium will present SIN’s E-LAND Norway (E-NO) (2022-2023) titled ‘Toolbox for intEgrated multi-vector Energy isLANDs in Norway (E-NO) – 333143’, which is a Research Council of Norway-funded project under the scheme ‘Supplementary Funding for Norwegian Participants in Horizon-2020 or Horizon Europe Projects’. E-NO focuses on disseminating the learnings and results of the EU Horizon 2020 E-LAND project (2018 – 2022) among relevant stakeholders in Norway. During the symposium, SIN and OsloMet will also conduct a panel discussion on the importance of Social Innovation as a key enabler for deploying new technologies and processes in society, along with future collaboration opportunities from Research & Innovation perspective. 

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Conceptual Goal of the Symposium

Short description of E-LAND project 

SIN is the scientific coordinator and work package leader for the E-LAND project (2018 – 2022). The goal of the E-LAND project is to overcome the global challenges regarding imposed decarbonization in the energy sector. The E-LAND project integrates different energy vectors, through the developed E-LAND modular Toolbox (comprising community-building tools, business modelling and technology tools). Further, the project facilitates this by exploiting the opportunities related to renewable energy sources, energy storage, flexible loads and further developing existing electricity networks in local energy systems (LES).  

The toolbox is designed considering replicability and scalability for later use in future local energy system-related projects. The three pilots included in this project are located in Spain, Romania and Norway. In addition, two simulated pilots are located in India, where only simulations were executed. By piloting the tools in Norway, it has become clear that additional impacts can be achieved by having independent dissemination activities focusing on Norway and catering to local needs. Thus, this symposium is an effective way to reach out to a wide variety of stakeholders interested in knowing about the project and the potential positive impacts that it can have on society. 

Target audience 

Energy research & innovation groups, universities, academia, facility operators, microgrid operators, ESCOs (energy service companies), energy storage solution providers, energy management service (EMS) providers, energy consultancies and the general public.





E-LAND Norway (E-NO) Symposium based on experiences / key-outcomes of the E-LAND project  

Preliminary agenda: Friday, 1st September 2023, 9:30 to 11:30 CEST
Time (CEST)  Duration  Activity 
9:30 – 9:35  5 min  Registration 
9:35 – 9:45  10 min  Introduction to the OsloMet/Welcome to the symposium 

OsloMet representative

9:45 – 9:55  10 min  Introduction to SIN  

By SIN representative  

9:55 – 10:10  15 min  Introduction E-LAND (Multi-vector energy islands) 

E-LAND experience, challenges, and lessons learned 

10:10 – 10:25  15 min  Social Innovation in E-LAND 

Learnings from the pilot sites 

10:25 – 10:40  15 min  Business model innovation in the energy transition 

Opportunities and challenges 

Coffee break (15 min) 
10:55 – 11:25  30 min  Societal impact of research and innovation in Norway  

Panel discussion and future collaboration in R&I 

11:25 – 11:30  5 min  Key takeaways and closing 

SIN & Oslo Met representatives 

Networking Lunch 



By participating in this symposium, you will gain a good understanding about the about EU project (Horizon 2020) E-LAND, E-LAND toolbox and its technical, business and societal impacts for energy communities and other relevant end-users. You may also learn from the experiences shared about the project implementation by the project partners. Further, there will also be opportunities for networking with other attendees (physically) during the free networking lunch.


Register today, to book your spot for the Friday, 1st of September 2023! 




Please feel free to reach out to us, in case of any queries regarding the symposium:

Alemu Belay
Section Head and Senior Researcher Energy Systems
Smart Innovation Norway

Aaditya Dandwate
Jr. Researcher Energy Systems
Smart Innovation Norway