The transport sector worldwide is currently switching to fossil-free operation, and electrification is the dominant strategy. This has led to an increasing demand for research and expertise in battery development.
The Swedish transport sector is in the middle of this green transformation, with the goal that the vehicle fleet will be completely fossil-free by 2045, with carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 70 percent by 2030. For industry to take a leading role in the transition to an electrified society, new knowledge and skills are needed – applied research, training of engineers and further training for current professionals.
Collaboration for new knowledge and skills supply
Today, Chalmers and the universities of Lund and Uppsala carry out world-leading research and education focused on sustainable mobility. A joint platform is now also being established where the three universities will work more closely, together with the industry, to develop new knowledge, conduct education, run joint research projects, and coordinate participation in international electrification projects.
The universities’ long-term ambition is also to educate more engineers with a focus on battery technology and power electronics, to establish more doctoral positions and to strengthen their further education offerings.
“The collaboration will give us stronger conditions to influence Sweden's role in the electrification of the transport sector through increased research and skills supply. This is an important step in achieving the climate goals and contributing to Swedish competitiveness,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology.
“ESS and MAX IV are unique research infrastructures in Sweden that can contribute to new technical and material competence. When we three universities now jointly strengthen our research and industry collaboration, we become a node that attracts world-leading competence. We want to be, and can be, at the forefront of sustainable mobility solutions and electrification,” says Erik Renström, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University.
“Our three universities complement and strengthen each other. Uppsala's internationally strong profile in battery technology and the new master's education in this area come into exactly the right context in this collaboration. Together, we will be able to contribute to increasing the pace of this necessary adjustment,” says Anders Hagfeldt, Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University.