Energy Transition Gotland

Energy Transition Gotland. Logotype.

Project Description

The Uppsala University project in Energy Transition on Gotland was designed to start a long-term joint venture towards a new research area. The project links Gotland’s unique conditions of ongoing research activities along with educational initiatives on energy transition and wind power. To respond appropriately to this interdisciplinary challenge, different researchers from relevant fields were selected, e.g.:

  • Renewable energy
  • Planning and acceptance
  • Energy efficiency and storage 
  • Climate change
  • Transportation

Project Goal

The goal of this new project is to map the pieces necessary to make Gotland’s energy system 100% renewable. The purpose is to create a foundation for further research within the fields where the strategies for implementation of the energy system will develop, bringing together competences from different departments universities.

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Research Team

Project Leader
  • Stefan Ivanell: Professor (UU, Earth sciences, Wind Energy)

Other partners

  • Andrew Barney: Lecturer / PhD student (UU, Earth Sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Carmen Medina: Project coordinator (UU, Office for Science and Technology)
  • Christopher Juhlin: Professor (UU, Earth Sciences, Geophysics)
  • Heracles Polatidis: Associate Professor  (UU, Earth Sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Joakim Widén: Professor (UU, Civil Engineering and Built Environment)
  • Johanna Liljenfeldt: Associate Professor (UU, Earth Sciences, Wind Energy)
  • José Pedro Da Silva Soares: Research Assistant (UU, Earth Sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Karl Nilsson: Lecturer (UU, Earth Sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Sanna Mels: Lecturer (UU, Earth Sciences, Wind Energy)
  • Tor Broström: Professor (UU, Art History, Conservation)

External Partners

  • Anders Malmquist: Associate Professor (KTH, Energy Technology / HTP)
  • Björn Samuelsson: Lecturer (LTU, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering)
  • Thomas Norrby: State Consultant / Collaboration Manager (SLU, Division of Rural Development)

Reference group

  • Austerland Energi
  • Cementa
  • Energimyndighetern
  • GEAB
  • Lanstbrukarnas Riskförbund (LRF)
  • Länstyrelsen
  • Region Gotland

Long-term goal

A long-term commitment to a new research area that closely links Gotland’s conditions, ongoing research as well as education initiatives on energy transition and wind power.

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Main tasks

To accomplish the project objective, Gotland’s conditions, system requirements and main challenges for this energy and societal transition need to be identified and assessed. The project tasks are divided as follows:

  • Identify current energy production and assess renewable potential
  • Identify current energy use and assess energy efficiency potential
  • Identify system solutions: balance of production and use
  • Identify changing conditions from a societal perspective
  • Make research results available for the new international bachelor program in Energy Transition and Sustainable Leadership
  • Create of an interdisciplinary environment within the university and with external actors

OUR PROJECTS

  • REACT – Renewable Energy for self-sustAinable islands CommuniTies (Horizon 2020 project)
  • Campus Gotland Research School – Gotland’s energy transition: Resources, Demand and Planning
  • Introduction of electrically powered freight transportation – need for infrastructure

List of related projects

  • Austerland Energi (Nygarn Utveckling AB)
  • OFF GRID DIY - Renewable Energy for rural development (Leader Gute)
  •  Hållbara Transporter Project (Länsstyrelsen  på Gotland)
  • Local Market for Energy Transition (EnergiCentrum – Region Gotland)
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for the selection of alternative fuels (UN University – Maastricht, the Netherlands)

Contacts

Stefan Ivanell - Project Leader

Email: stefan.ivanell@geo.uu.se // Tel: +46 (0)18 471 83 60

Johanna Liljenfeldt - Project Coordinator

Email: johanna.liljenfeldt@geo.uu.se // Tel: +46 (0)70 19 46 09