About the program
The Mistra Electrification (ME) programme was formulated in response to Mistra’s research call “Energy Transitions”. The program has a shared leadership between Energiforsk and Chalmers University of Technology. Energiforsk act program host, having responsibility for the overall management and administration, while scientific leadership is provided by Chalmers University of Technology with support from Energiforsk.
Vision and aims
The vision of the Mistra Electrification programme is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, efficient energy system, through the creation of actionable knowledge for a feasible and fair transition.
The program has three primary aims:
- To articulate technologically viable pathways and solutions to decarbonize the energy system, with particular focus on electrification and sector coupling.
- To examine what is required for low-carbon solutions to be deployed sufficiently rapidly to reduce emissions at the required pace.
- To understand how the energy transition can support development of the economy in a wider sense.
Since this involves a range of technical, socio-political, and economic issues, the program is interdisciplinary and will apply both technological analysis and social sciences. Conclusions on technological developments will be analyzed through the lens of socio-political and economic feasibility, increasing their relevance and impact.
We focus on electrification and sector coupling as prime enablers of the transition across the economy, rather than addressing power, heating, transport, and industry separately. Links between these sectors and to the electricity system are central research areas. We will study sector specific issues and embed them in an energy systems context so to understand how each of them can contribute to the transition.
The research in the program will be carried out by:
- Chalmers University of Technology (three divisions): Energy Technology, Physical Resource Theory and Division of Electric Power Engineering
- IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
- University of Exeter
- Lund University, and
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU),
with the researchers involved representing a broad competence within energy and climate research.
- Svenska Kraftnät (the Swedish TSO)
- Stockholm Exergi (regional utility)
- Fortum (Swedish-Finnish utility)
- Nordion Energi (gas distributor)
- Göteborg Energi (regional utility)
- Vattenfall (national/International utility)
- Hitachi Energy (electricity infrastructure)
- Egain (smart energy systems)
- Utilifeed (smart energy systems)
Programme Management Team
Programme Director and Leader of WP2
Programme Vice Director and Leader of WP1
Co-leader of WP3
Co-leader of WP3
Co-leader of WP4
Co-eader of WP4
Leader of WP5