Research infrastructure

The term research infrastructure includes everything from advanced real or virtual labs to large databases, computer capacity for large-scale computing and high-end research facilities. In short, tools which are necessary for conducting truly outstanding research.

Listed below are infrastructures used by Chalmers scientist for energy-related research.

Research infrastructure at Chalmers

Here you will find the facilities which meet the criteria necessary to be referred to as Chalmers infrastructure. This means that the facility is available to all Chalmers researchers on an equal footing. The facility will also be owned and controlled, in whole or in part, by Chalmers.

Chalmers Power Central
The Chalmers Power Central is an advanced energy research facility focusing on carbon capture and biomass gasification. The Chalmers Power Central also supplies the campus with electricty, heating, cooling and compressed air.

Chalmers Material Analysis Laboratory offers high quality instruments – basic instrument as well as leading-edge instruments – to analyse a wide range of different materials. The laboratory comprises world-class, high-resolution electron microscopes of various types.

HSB Living Lab is a research and demonstration arena for sustainable living which also includes homes for students and guest researchers. The building will be located on the Chalmers campus and be completed in 2016.

Nanofabrication Laboratory
The Nanofabrication Laboratory is a clean room facility for research and development in micro and nanotechnology. Here you will find a wide range of equipment for developing and testing new ideas on a micro and nano scale. The Nanofabrication Laboratory is part of the national research infrastructure Myfab

National research infrastructure

Bioinformatics Infrastructure for Life Sciences (BILS) is a distributed national research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers in Sweden.

MAX IV Laboratory
MAX IV Laboratory is a synchrotron light source facility and a Swedish national laboratory hosted by Lund University. It operates accelerators producing x-rays of very high intensity and quality.

Myfab is the Swedish national research infrastructrue for micro and nano fabrication. The Nanofabrication Laboratory at Chalmers is part of Myfab.

The Swedish Metabolomics Centre is a national academic metabolomics platform. A metabolomic analysis combines a number of steps from tissue extraction through the detection and measurement of metabolites to analysis, interpretation and visualization of the results.

SNIC is a distributed infrastructure which provides resources and support for large scale computation and data storage. C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering) is one of the nodes in SNIC.
SILS provides Swedish scientists in academia and industry access to competence and tools for applying mathematical modelling, simulation, and prediction to solve pertinent research questions in systems biology.

Other local research infrastructure

In the Chalmers Climate Calculator the user can decide on when and how fast emissions of CO2 are reduced and what this emissions scenario implies in terms of CO2 concentration and global average surface temperature change.

CPM LCA Database
The CPM LCA Database is developed within the Swedish Life Cycle Center, and is a result of the continuous work to establish transparent and quality reviewed life-cycle analysis data.

Electric power engineering laboratories
Researchers and students at the Division of Electric Power Engineering at Chalmers have access to several laboratories and a small electronics workshop. The labs are used to build and test power systems for vehicles and wind turbines.

ETOnline is an interactive web-based model for exploring options for the energy system.

Gothenburg Wind Lab is Sweden’s tallest research laboratory and is also its largest wind turbine. The 145-metre-tall laboratory is strategically placed in the harbour of Gothenburg, offering a very special opportunity to study cutting-edge marine wind power technology.

Designed to meet future need for advanced manufacturing research with specific focus on facilities for metal cutting, polymer processing and powder metallurgical processing.

The way cars are driven today will be an important factor for how electric and hybrid electric vehicles are able to charge and maximise use of batteries in the future. This will affect the economy of the individual owner, the developing and dimensioning of cars, as well as the infrastructure and expansion of charging stations. To improve and support possibilities for the development of the infrastructure and electrical systems, data of drive patterns and vehicle usage will be needed.

Other research infrastructure

ISIS is a pulsed neutron and moon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. It allows scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’.


Published: Wed 01 Apr 2015. Modified: Mon 21 Dec 2015