News: Transporthttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 14 May 2021 03:00:13 +0200http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Rises-acquisition-of-SSPA-confirmed.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Rises-acquisition-of-SSPA-confirmed.aspxRise’s acquisition of SSPA confirmed<p><b>​Rise and the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation have signed an agreement regarding the sale of SSPA to the Rise Group.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The agreement confirms Rise’s acquisition of SSPA. Rise operates under similar conditions to SSPA, with a combination of public and commercial research and development activities, and has the expertise and client base that match SSPA in a way that is beneficial for the continued development of the business.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>&quot;The Chalmers Foundation wishes to focus more on the University's core activities – research, education and utilisation, as well as creating the best possible future conditions for SSPA,&quot; says Chalmers President and CEO Stefan Bengtsson. &quot;Our judgement is that Rise offers the right organisational atmosphere to strengthen and further develop SSPA's operations.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Pia Sandvik, CEO of Rise, comments: </div> <div>&quot;<span style="background-color:initial">I warmly welcome SSPA to Rise and look forward to following the development closely. SSPA conducts internationally recognised, high quality maritime research, and will be a strategically important reinforcement for Rise's existing maritime operations.&quot;</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>To plan and prepare for the company transfer, which will take place on 1 June 2021, Rise will start an integration project for the process of incorporating SSPA's operations into Rise. SSPA's operations will continue unchanged until the takeover.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>SSPA Sweden AB works with research and development in maritime technology, and is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation. The company has about 90 employees in Gothenburg and Stockholm.</div> <div><br /></div></div>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:15:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/AstaZero-opens-indoor-autonomous-vehicle-test-track.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/AstaZero-opens-indoor-autonomous-vehicle-test-track.aspxAstaZero opens indoor autonomous vehicle test track<p><b>​<span style="background-color:initial">The automobile industry is undergoing change and tests and trials are being conducted more agilely. AstaZero is now opening the world’s longest indoor track for testing active safety systems and autonomous technologies for all types of vehicles. Vehicle operators are able to conduct tests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with reproducible light and surfaces.</span></b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">AstaZero, owned by Chalmers and RISE, is the world’s first full-scale independent testing and demonstration facility for future road safety. It is located in Hällered just outside Borås. The facility is now being expanded to house the world’s longest indoor track – 700 metres long and 40 metres wide. <em>AstaZero Dry Zone</em> will be inaugurated on 28 April.</span></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“We look forward to AstaZero Dry Zone”, says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers. “We will be able to conduct advanced research in, for example, autonomous driving, in facilities where we have full control over light and weather conditions. Autonomous driving is an area of great benefit and potential for the automotive industry and society as a whole. AstaZero will now be an even more competitive facility, giving Chalmers, together with the industry, excellent conditions for participating in large research projects.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“AstaZero Dry Zone will play an important role in the transition of the automotive industry and will provide unique opportunities needed for research, development and validation of self-driving and connected vehicles as well as the surrounding infrastructure,” says Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">No need to go to southern Europe now</h2> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div>The automobile industry conducts millions of tests every year. Reproducible environments are a fundamental prerequisite for ensuring the accuracy of test results.  </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“The tests and trials conducted by vehicle operators require plenty of personnel and result in excessive travel,” says Peter Janevik, CEO of AstaZero. “In Dry Zone, the development time can be streamlined and tests can be carried out 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>AstaZero Dry Zone can be compared to a brightly illuminated aircraft hangar. Active safety systems and autonomous technologies comprise the main focus areas, but vehicle dynamics and brake performance will also be tested on the new track.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Inauguration on April 28 after accelerated completion</h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div>AstaZero has customers across the globe. The industry has been asking for a long indoor track in Sweden for many years. And when the pandemic hit and the subsequent restrictions made it difficult for the industry to conduct important tests, the need only became greater, which is when plans for the new track accelerated. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The Västra Götaland Region’s programme for sustainable transport is supporting the initiative with an amount of SEK 10 million.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Inauguration</strong></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Welcome to the live stream of the <a href="https://www.ri.se/en/astazero-dryzone" target="_blank">inauguration ​</a>(external link) of AstaZero Dry Zone on April 28 at 11 am.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/new-CEO-of-Swedens-test-bed-for-electromobility–Seel.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/new-CEO-of-Swedens-test-bed-for-electromobility%E2%80%93Seel.aspxNew CEO of Sweden's test bed for electromobility – Seel<p><b>​<span style="background-color:initial">Seel's Board of Directors has appointed the company's first CEO to prepare for operational activities by spring 2023.</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div></b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Henrik Svenningstorp has been project manager for Seel, the Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, for four years, and on April 1, he took on the role of CEO.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span>“It is incredibly exciting and inspiring to have gained the trust and be given the opportunity to continue to be involved and see Seel become a reality. Seel will play an important role in supporting and accelerating the transition to electrified transport and will strengthen the Swedish automotive industry and European cooperation,” says Henrik Svenningstorp, newly appointed CEO of Seel.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Henrik Svenningstorp has 20 years of experience within the automotive industry, including twelve years of dedicated work with electrified vehicles. Among other things, he has worked at AB Volvo with hybrid vehicles, hybrid buses, all-electric vehicles and electric roads. He has also been programme manager for the early development in Electromobility and Alternative Fuels at AB Volvo Powertrain and worked with technology development and electrified products at Cevt.</div> <div>“Seel has an important role in the automotive industry's conversion work and Henrik is the one who has successfully led the Seel project to where we are today. With Henrik as the new CEO, I am sure that Seel has the right conditions to become a world-leading test bed for electromobility,” says Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Seel is owned by RISE and Chalmers and is now establishing three facilities in Gothenburg, Nykvarn, and Borås, for testing the technology and safety that electrified transport requires. Seel also works closely with the industrial partners Volvo Cars, Scania, Cevt and the Volvo Group. Currently, three very large establishment projects and preparations for operational activities are underway.</div> <div>“It is very gratifying that there is now a CEO on site at Seel. Henrik Svenningstorp will have an important role to play when Seel will support the Swedish and European automotive industry as a test bed for the rapid transition to electromobility,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>FACTS / About Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, Seel</strong></div> <div>Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, Seel, is a test bed for research and development in electromobility, owned and operated by Chalmers and RISE in a joint company. The purpose is to strengthen effective knowledge development and the conditions for cooperation in electrified transport, in Sweden and Europe. Actors in the automotive industry, the aerospace industry and the maritime sector, as well as other companies that develop technology in relevant areas, have a common platform through which to meet, and can together benefit from the knowledge development and technology shifts now taking place. Researchers at colleges, universities and research institutes also have access to advanced research infrastructure in electromobility. The test bed will be operational in 2023.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.ri.se/sv/test-demo/Seel">https://www.ri.se/sv/test-demo/Seel</a></div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>​</div>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Electromobility-test-bed-is-being-established.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Electromobility-test-bed-is-being-established.aspxElectromobility test bed is being established<p><b>​Chalmers and RISE are now commencing construction of Sweden's electromobility test centre: Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL). Electrification of the transport sector is to be speeded up at SEEL's three plants in Gothenburg, Nykvarn and Borås.</b></p><div>​Through close collaboration between the twin owners Chalmers and RISE, the Swedish government and the industrial partners CEVT, Scania, Volvo Cars and the Volvo Group, the test centre will be a key resource – open to collaboration with players throughout Europe – in terms of making Sweden a world leader in the field of electromobility. Together, the governmental allocation, the industry partners’ commitments and proprietorial responsibility on the part of RISE and Chalmers will allow an investment of SEK 1.3bn in the test centre. </div> <div> </div> <div>“Sweden has a long tradition of vehicle manufacture, and we are at the same time one of the world's most innovative countries. Through SEEL we are making use of these strengths to electrify the transport sector, reduce emissions and simultaneously increase Sweden's competitiveness and create jobs in Sweden. This will be an important tool with which the Swedish automotive industry can steer global development towards increased sustainability,&quot; says Ibrahim Baylan, Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Diversity of test possibilities for electrification</h2> <div>At the test centre’s three plants, industry, institutes and academia will test most of the types of technology and safety consideration required for electrified transport – including innovative new concepts at early stages of development. The test objects comprise a number of different kinds of components for electrical drivelines and energy storage intended for vehicles and ships, as well as systems for propulsion and energy management. Physically this means gearboxes, shaft systems, hubs, electric motors, power electronics, batteries and fuel cells.</div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20210101-20210631/Stefan%20Bengtsson_175x225px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /> <div>The marine sector and aviation will also greatly benefit from the test centre – for testing and as a meeting place and platform for wide-ranging knowledge development in the field of electromobility.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Together with RISE, Chalmers has chosen to assume active proprietorial responsibility for the test bed, so as to facilitate the most efficient support for the Swedish and European automotive industries in their rapid transition to electromobility. The venture simultaneously provides us with excellent opportunities to further consolidate our research and education in the field of electromobility,&quot; says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A wide range will be offered at the biggest plant in Gothenburg<br /></h2> <div>The biggest of SEEL's three plants is being constructed in Säve, Gothenburg, involving a planned area of 13,000 square metres. The plant will be able to meet the needs of developers of heavy and light vehicles, trucks and buses, construction equipment, aircraft and ships. Tests will be possible on all types of battery systems, including components from subcontractors. A wide range of testing in the field of electromobility will be offered at Säve. </div> <div> </div> <div>Safety tests will be the focus of the Borås plant, related to charging, short circuits, vibrations, mechanical shock, extreme temperatures and fire risks. In Nykvarn the emphasis of work will be on research and testing in the field of battery technology, and dynamic testing of components for heavy vehicles.</div> <div> </div> <div>“SEEL will increase the Swedish automobile industry’s competitiveness and contribute towards Sweden remaining at the cutting edge with regard to innovation within the transport sector. SEEL is very well placed to become a world-leading test centre for electromobility, and it will assume an important role in the automobile industry's transitional work,&quot; says Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE.</div> <div> </div> <div>The automotive industry in Sweden has set ambitious targets for its technology transition, and the companies' active involvement is promoting the strategic relevance of the technical testing opportunities currently being established. The test centre will simultaneously act as an open platform that will also welcome researchers, other big industrial companies, SMEs, professionals and students wishing to develop their knowledge. </div> <div> </div> <div>The Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory will be operational by the second quarter of 2023. Procurement of contracts and equipment is currently in progress.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL)</h3> <div>The Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL) is a test centre for research and development in the field of electromobility, and is owned and run by Chalmers and RISE as a joint venture. The aim is to consolidate efficient knowledge development and improve the conditions for collaboration in the field of electrified transport in Sweden and Europe. Players in the automotive, aerospace and maritime sectors plus other companies developing technology in relevant areas will gain a common platform on which to meet, and will jointly benefit from the knowledge development and technology shift currently taking place. Researchers at colleges of higher education, universities and research institutes will at the same time gain access to advanced research infrastructure in the field of electromobility. The test bed will be operational by 2023.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the test bed as part of a European investment in a value chain for batteries </h3> <div>The SEK 575m state aid from the Swedish Energy Agency for the electromobility lab SEEL is being provided within the parameters of an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI), in order to create a European value chain for batteries. The ten-year project involves 17 participants from seven member states. It includes major European investments in the field of raw and advanced materials for batteries, battery cells &amp; modules and entire battery systems, as well as in the use, recycling and refinement of recycled materials. The investment is being made within the parameters of the <a href="https://www.eba250.com/" target="_blank">European Battery Alliance</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more: <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_19_6705" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />State aid: The European Commission is approving public aid totalling €3.2 billion from seven member states for a pan-European research &amp; innovation project across the entire value chain for batteries</a></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Photo:</strong> Anna-Lena Lundqvist<br /></div>Mon, 08 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Self-driving-buses-in-Gothenburg.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Self-driving-buses-in-Gothenburg.aspxSelf-driving buses in Gothenburg<p><b><p><span style="background-color:initial">Two self-driving minibuses are test driving in public transport in Gothenburg. The test, which runs from January until the end of May 2021, is the first of its kind in Gothenburg. The buses are free to travel with and the trips can be found in the apps Västtrafik To Go and Parkering Göteborg.</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></p></b></p><p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The project called S3, Shared Shuttle Services, is part of the government's collaboration program &quot;Next generation travel and transport&quot;. The test that is now starting is the third phase of the project. The previous phases were carried out at Chalmers Campus Johanneberg and at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg.</span></p> <p>The third part of the project will also take place on Lindholmen. The route starts at the Hugo Hammars Kaj car park and goes to the end station on Regnbågsgatan, which is a hub for public transport.</p> <p>– The development of self-driving public transport can be an important key to creating both sustainable cities and a vibrant countryside. Actual experiments such as these contribute to both knowledge and market development, says Birger Löfgren at RISE, who leads the project.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Read more about the project:</p> <p><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/First-self-driving-bus-in-operation-at-Chalmers.aspx">First self-driving bus in operation at Chalmers​</a><br /></p> <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Self-driving-bus-back-at-Chalmers.aspx"><p>The self-driving bus is back​<br /></p></a><p><br /></p> <p><br /></p>Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/How-do-we-get-to-transportation-heaven.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/How-do-we-get-to-transportation-heaven.aspxHow do we get to transportation heaven?<p><b>​A future with shared rides, in autonomous and electrified vehicles, would be a dream come true. But how do we get there? With her research about this, Sigma Dolins was awarded third prize in the EARPA Young Researchers Pitch Competition.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Sigma Dolins is a doctoral student associated to Chalmers University of Technology, Keolis and RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden. In her work, she is looking into cultural and societal factors that may facilitate – or hinder – the development towards shared transportation.<br /></span><div><div>“New forms of mobility, like electric and autonomous vehicles, can merge with ride sharing to an evolved form of transportation. One day electric, autonomous, connected, on-demand vehicles can take us to a magical place; transportation heaven!”, she says.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/Sigma-Dolins_300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Best of all: social cohesion</span><br /></h2></div> <div>In “transportation heaven”, there are less emissions, fewer accidents and less vehicles on the roads. We can book any type of vehicle from one single app, and spend less time and money on travel. But to Sigma Dolins, the best goal of all is perhaps social cohesion.</div> <div>“If everyone had access to good, safe transportation, if owning a car wasn’t a reflection of personal wealth or identity… if we shared ten-fifteen minute journeys with people who don’t look exactly like us, but still live in our neighborhood… I think that would create interesting and beneficial changes to society”, she says.</div> <div>But it is not an easy shift to make.</div> <div><div>“We cannot talk about autonomous vehicles as a desirable consumer product, instead we need to understand how to redefine for people what public transport is and could be. That means changing how we, as a society, interact with mobility.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Cultural factors affect willingness to share</h2></div> <div><div>Sigma Dolins is now, together with a colleague at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, looking at shared autonomous vehicles as a socio-technical system. They are working on a multinational, longitudinal study that focuses on cultural factors that affect our willingness to share. The aim is to create an index for understanding societal attitudes towards mobility, sharing and autonomous vehicles. The index will be both descriptive and prescriptive; what policies, services or measures are needed to change attitudes?</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Fear of strangers a hinder</h2></div> <div>The main obstacle when trying to get people to share rides is, in the opinion of Sigma Dolins, that people are actually afraid of each other.</div> <div>“Right now, we don’t have a culture of how to behave inside a small space with strangers. The closest approximation is an elevator – usually people are totally silent and the ride lasts less than a minute. Price is the easiest and right now most effective way to get people to try sharing. I think a combination of price and ubiquity will be key to success”, she says, and continues:</div> <div><div>“My early thoughts are that culture definitely influences perceptions of privacy and public space. Asian countries tend to think differently about privacy, and so crowded public areas – pre Covid-19 – were considered very normal. Sharing with strangers was done out of necessity and thus normalized. But these also tended to be families and households that didn’t grow up with a private car. Part of my investigation is to see how many people grew up with a family car and how much that ingrains these behaviours later in life.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Important to communicate</h2></div> <div>The EARPA Young Researchers Competition was a way of getting exposure to industry, but more than anything it was an opportunity to get feedback and sharpen the presentation technique, Sigma Dolins explains.</div> <div>“I think it’s important for more PhD students to get these kinds of opportunities. The “butterflies in stomach” feeling is awful, so I know why a lot of students avoid it. But communicating our science is 49% of the battle of doing the science!”<br /><br />Text: Mia Malmstedt<br />Photo: iStock and Birger Löfgren, RISE</div> <div><br /></div> Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/New-masters-for-the-major-shifts.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/New-masters-for-the-major-shifts.aspxNew masters for the major shifts in future transport<p><b>The development of autonomous and electric vehicles is rapidly changing the transport industry. Chalmers University of Technology is now launching a master's programme that will prepare engineers to face the industry's major transformation and the challenges that lie ahead.<br /></b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The new master's programme Mobility Engineering, which starts in the autumn of 2021 at Chalmers, will train engineers to develop sustainable, high-performance mobility solutions and handle challenges within electrification, automation, simulation and the reliability of vehicles.</span><div>“There are many similar challenges and synergies in the mobility sector and there is a great demand for engineers who have skills in subjects like functional safety, propulsion systems, mechatronics and optimisation”, says Erik Hulthén, Head of Mechanical Engineering at Chalmers and the person who started the new master’s programme. </div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br />Replace</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">s two previous programmes</span><br /></div> <div>Mobility Engineering will be taught entirely in English and consist of four different profiles where the students can choose which field they want to specialise in: aerospace, automotive engineering, marine technology and railway technology. Mobility Engineering is therefore replacing the previous Chalmers master’s programmes Automotive Engineering and Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.</div> <div>“We need to look ahead to be able to give our students the relevant knowledge and skills needed in three, ten, and 20 years’ time. The new programme is designed according to what we know about the future, but it will also have a more dynamic course structure so that we can stay relevant in our education for many years to come”, says Erik Hulthén.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers works closely with the industry to develop education and representatives from those companies are </span><span style="background-color:initial">often involved in the process of starting a new programme. In this particular case, Volvo Cars, GKN Aerospace and the Swedish Transport Administration have shared their views about the need for this new type of competence in the industry. </span></div> <div>“The automotive industry is taking a significantly different direction compared to what is previously known to us. Digitalisation, electrification, connectivity and new business models for selling products are rapidly approaching. Only the fast responding actors will succeed”, says Kristian Abel, Vice President and Head of Complete Vehicle Engineering at Volvo cars. </div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">New solutions to achieve climate goals</h3></div> <div><div><span style="background-color:initial">The major challenge for the shipping industry is the expected transport growth that demands reduced carbon dioxide emissions. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Autonomous shipping is also on the way, but total electrification of ships is far from becoming reality, so expertise in hybrid solutio</span><span style="background-color:initial">ns will be crucial in overcoming the emissions. </span><span style="background-color:initial">This is an issue the aerospace industry is facing as well. Emissions must be reduced, and electric and autonomous flights for shorter distances also seem to be part of the future.</span><br /></div></div> <div>“In the short term, the development is about improving today's technology, but in the long term we are talking about a systemic change, for completely new solutions to achieve climate goals”, says Rebecka Karrin who works as a technical doctor at GKN Aerospace. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The trend in railway technology is leaning towards connected trains that communicate with each other, alternative fuels instead of diesel engines, autonomous trains over limited distances and autonomous coupling of freight wagons.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“There is a generational shift happening in the industry right now and a great demand for skills in the railway sector. Signalling systems and communication between vehicles are the future of being able to run trains closer to each other and thus make more use of the railway. We believe that both trains and other vehicles will be connected in the future to make transport more efficient”, says Ingemar Frej, senior adviser at the Swedish Transport Administration.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Vedrana Sivac</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Mobility-Engineering.aspx" target="_blank" title="Mobility engineering"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the master’s programme Mobility engineering  ​</a></div> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/On-5G-Covid-19-cocksureness-and-todays-challenges.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/On-5G-Covid-19-cocksureness-and-todays-challenges.aspxOn 5G, Covid-19, cocksureness and todays challenges<p><b>​He develops technology that can point out exact positions without using GPS and prevent self-driving cars from colliding. This year's William Chalmers lecturer Erik Ström wants to talk about the possibilities of communication technology – and major challenges.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Erik Ström is professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering. Simply put, he works with technology to move information from one place to another. He is also the director of the competence center ChaseOn, which develops antenna systems for anything from high-speed mobile networks and self-driving cars to safe baby food and medical diagnostics. He has also been involved in developing a global standard for 5G, which has resulted in frequent questions by media about the development of mobile networks. In those situations, he is keen on highlighting the possibilities with communication technology.</span><div><span style="background-color:initial">“What if we had not had the internet and all the resources of today – what would we have done in this Covid pandemic?” he says. “It is fantastic how we can gather, process and use data to, for example, predict where the infection will appear, perhaps be able to find vaccines and effective treatment methods. There is an incredible potential in this technology!”</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Time for yet another new generation </strong></div> <div>The 5G mobile network is faster than previous generations and has an increased capacity, which means that more devices can be connected at the same time and communicate with each other in real time. It is soon in everyone’s pocket. And recently, the first step was taken towards starting the next generation – 6G. Chalmers, together with a number of other academies and industries, is participating in a major EU project that will set the framework before the work on the new 6G net can even begin. In eight to ten years, the network will then be available to the public. But it is still too early to predict which new technological innovations 6G will involve, says Erik Ström. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“As they say, the only thing we know for certain is that 6G comes after 5G. Of course, we have some thoughts about which new services we think will be important, but it is difficult to know beforehand what will become a commercial hit. As an example, we believe that developing an accurate positioning in six dimensions will be useful. It will enable you to determine, for example, where and on which floor in a large high-rise building a mobile phone is located, and also in which direction that phone is pointing, i.e. compass direction plus upwards/downwards, much like with a combined compass and spirit-level.”</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Worried about the societal development</strong></div> <div>As the mobile network is expanding, so are the reports of 5G masts being set on fire. Because online, the conspiracy theories thrive about a connection between 5G and the corona spread. Erik Ström is worried about this type of development and he therefore wants to spend some time in his lecture to reflect his thoughts on the concept of knowledge.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“I am concerned about the development towards a society where people get their worldview confirmed in their filter b</span><span style="background-color:initial">ubbles”, says Erik Ström. “It's really dangerous!”</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How do you feel about giving this year's William Chalmers lecture?</strong></div> <div>“It is very honoring to be selected among all the talented people at Chalmers! I enjoy sharing my thoughts, and to talk about things close to my heart in this forum is really exciting. But it also gives me a great deal of performance anxiety – that comes naturally with something like this!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling af Wåhlberg</div> <div>Photo: Yen Strandqvist​​</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> Tue, 13 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Working-for-a-sustainable-future.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Working-for-a-sustainable-future.aspxWorking for a sustainable future<p><b>​Transport Area of Advance is actively working to link research to UN’s sustainability goals. In November, the Area of Advance will host an event during the Act Sustainable week, and recently a well-attended lunch seminar was held.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Working for global sustainability is more and more pressing. Transport Area of Advance is therefore investing in educating researchers in relating research activities to the Agenda 2030 and implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG:s).<br /><br /></span><div>As part of that work, Transport Area of Advance represented Chalmers in the Vinnova K3 project AGERA. The idea of the project was to use SDG:s as framework to develop new ways for academia to evaluate and follow up the effects of collaboration with society, and thereby strengthen sustainable development.</div> <div>“Maria Djupström, Chalmers’ sustainability strategist, guided our management team through a number of workshops with the aim to educate us on how to work with the SDG:s. Implementation of the SDG:s on our research activities is not a straightforward task. We had to develop our way of looking at research, and the activities at Transport Area of Advance, with the SDG-glasses”, says Sinisa Krajnovic, Director of the Area of Advance.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_bilder-utan-fast-format/Sinisa_200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div><div>“A common trap when working with SDG:s is to prioritise only one or two of the goals, but that can potentially be harmful for some other SDG. One needs to consider all of them at once. This was a useful exercise for us as it showed how we can use SDG:s to identify the sustainability goals with our research, but also how SDG:s can show us the way for new research questions.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Hosting an event at Act Sustainable</h2></div> <div>On November 16, Transport AoA will host an event during the sustainability week Act Sustainable. Challenges and solutions for a sustainable transport system will then be discussed. Chalmers Associate Professor Frances Sprei will introduce the event and moderate the discussion. There will also be insights from two ongoing research projects; one on infrastructure and reducing emissions from road construction, and one on a new way of producing environmentally friendly batteries, essential for the electrification of transport. <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/calendar/Pages/Act-Sustainable.aspx">Read more about the event here.​</a><br /><br /></div> <div>Thinking about the sustainable development, and not least working actively with the global sustainability goals, is becoming increasingly important.</div> <div>“We see that more and more research agencies, for example Vinnova and EU, require that researchers reflect over SDG:s when formulating their research proposals. Thus, Transport AoA has early introduced requirements that our researchers must address SDG:s when applying for funding from us”, says Sinisa Krajnovic.</div> <div><div>“With that, and the education through lunch seminars and workshops for our researchers, we hope to prepare our researches for future funding calls and enable them to use their research for a sustainable development.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Well-attended lunch seminar about IT tool</h2></div> <div>On September 7, Transport AoA arranged a lunch seminar with Maria Djupström. At the seminar, the new SDG Impact Assessment tool was presented. The tool is an IT tool, available for all to be used to map how, for example, operations, research or education relate to the global sustainability goals. SDG Impact Assessment tool has been developed by the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, in collaboration between Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. With the help of this, you can – by your own – estimate how the sustainability goals are affected by business or activities. The tool can also be used, for example, to produce supplementary information in connection with research applications. <a href="https://sdgimpactassessmenttool.org/">Read more about SDG Impact Assessment tool here</a>.</div> <div>For questions about the tool, contact <a href="/en/staff/Pages/maria-djupstrom.aspx">Maria Djupström</a> or Innovation Adviser <a href="/en/search/Pages/people.aspx?q=pip+dragonetti">Pip Dragonetti</a>.<br /><br />Text: Mia Malmstedt<br />Photo: Pixabay, Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>​<br /></div> Sun, 27 Sep 2020 21:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Areas-of-Advance-Award-for-wireless-centre-collaboration.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Areas-of-Advance-Award-for-wireless-centre-collaboration.aspxAreas of Advance Award for wireless centre collaboration<p><b>​Collaboration is the key to success. Jan Grahn and Erik Ström, who have merged two Chalmers competence centres, GigaHertz and ChaseOn, to form a consortium with 26 parties, know this for sure. Now they receive the Areas of Advance Award 2020 for their efforts.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">A competence centre is a platform for knowledge exchange and joint projects. Here, academia and external parties gather to create new knowledge and innovation. The projects are driven by need, and can be initiated from industry – who have a problem to solve – or from the research community, as new research results have generated solutions that may be applied in industry.</span><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Stronger as one unit</h2> <div>The competence centre GigaHertz focuses on electronics for high frequencies, while ChaseOn focuses on antenna systems and signal processing. They overlap in microwave technology research, which is relevant for communication and health care, as well as defense and space industry. And even if some areas differ between the two centres, numerous points of contact have been developed over the years. The two directors – Jan Grahn, Professor at Microtechnology and Nanoscience, and Erik Ström, Professor at Electrical Engineering – saw that close collaboration would result in obvious advantages. In 2017, the two centres therefore formed a joint consortium, bringing together a large number of national and international companies.</div> <div>“Formally, we are still two centres, but we have a joint agreement that makes it easy to work together”, says Erik Ström.</div> <div>“For Chalmers, it is a great strength that we are now able to see the whole picture, beyond departmental boundaries and research groups, and create a broad collaboration with the companies. This is an excellent example of how Chalmers can gather strength as one unit”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Multiplicity of applications</h2> <div>Technology for heat treatment of cancer, detection of foreign objects in baby food, antenna systems for increased traffic safety, components to improve Google’s quantum computer, 5G technology and amplifiers for the world’s largest radio telescope… The list of things that have sprung from the two competence centres is long. The technical development has, of course, been extreme; in 2007, as GigaHertz and ChaseOn were launched in their current forms, the Iphone hit the market for the very first time. Technology that today is seen as a natural part of everyday life – such as mobile broadband, now almost a necessity alongside electricity and water for most of us – was difficult to access or, at least, not to be taken for granted.</div> <div>The companies have also changed, which is noticeable in the flora of partners, not least for GigaHertz.</div> <div>“In the early 2000s, when our predecessor CHACH centre existed, the collaboration with Ericsson was dominant. Today, we collaborate with a much greater diversity of companies. We have seen an entrepreneurial revolution with many small companies, and even though the technology is basically the same, we are now dealing with a multiplicity of applications”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <div>As technology and applications developed and changed, the points of contact between the two centres grew, and this is also what initiated the merger:</div> <div>“When we started, in 2007, we were competing centres. The centres developed completely independently of each other, but have now grown into one. The technical convergence could not be ignored, we simply needed to start talking to each other across competence boundaries – which in the beginning was not so easy, even though today we view this as the obvious way forward”, says Erik Ström.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Research to benefit society</h2> <div>The knowledge centres are open organisations, where new partners join and collaborations may also come to an end. Several companies are sometimes involved together in one project. Trust and confidence are important components and take time to build. One ground-rule for activities is the focus on making research useful in society in the not too distant future.</div> <div>Chalmers Information and Communication Technology Area of Advance can take some of the credit for the successful collaboration between GigaHertz and ChaseOn, according to the awardees.</div> <div>“Contacts between centres were initiated when I was Director of the Area of Advance”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <div>“The Areas of Advance show that we can collaborate across departmental boundaries, they point to opportunities that exist when you work together.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">They believe in a bright future</h2> <div>The competence centres are partly financed by Vinnova, who has been nothing but positive about the merger of the two. Coordination means more research for the money; partly through synergy effects and partly by saving on costs in management and administration.</div> <div>The financed period for both GigaHertz and ChaseOn expires next year. But the two professors are positive, and above all point to the strong support from industry.</div> <div>“Then, of course, we need a governmental financier, or else we must revise the way we work. I hope that Vinnova gives us the opportunity to continue”, says Erik Ström.</div> <div>“The industry definitely wants a continuation. But they cannot, and should not, pay for everything. If they were to do so, we would get a completely different type of collaboration. The strength lies in sharing risks in the research activities by everyone contributing funds and, first and foremost, competence”, says Jan Grahn.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">“Incredibly fun”</h2> <div>Through their way of working, Erik Ström and Jan Grahn have succeeded in renewing and developing collaborations both within and outside Chalmers, attracting new companies and strengthening the position of Gothenburg as an international node for microwave technology. And it is in recognition of their dynamic and holistic leadership, that they now receive the Areas of Advance Award.</div> <div>“This is incredibly fun, and a credit for the entire centre operation, not just for us”, says Erik Ström.</div> <div>“Being a centre director is not always a bed of roses. Getting this award is a fantastic recognition, and we feel great hope for the future”, concludes Jan Grahn.<br /><br /><div><em>Text: Mia Malmstedt</em></div> <div><em>Photo: Yen Strandqvist</em></div> <br /></div> <div><strong>The Areas of Advance Award</strong></div> <div>With the Areas of Advance Award, Chalmers looks to reward employees who have made outstanding contributions in cross-border collaborations, and who, in the spirit of the Areas of Advance, integrate research, education and utilisation. The collaborations aim to strengthen Chalmers’ ability to meet the major global challenges for a sustainable development.<br /><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/ghz/Pages/default.aspx">Read more about GigaHertz centre</a></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/chaseon/Pages/default.aspx">Read more about ChaseOn centre​</a></div> <div>​<br />Areas of Advance Award 2019: <a href="/en/news/Pages/Areas-of-Advance-Award-given-to-research-exploring-the-structure-of-proteins.aspx">Areas of Advance Award for exploring the structure of proteins​</a></div> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Volvo-cars-and-Chalmers-renewed-agreement.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Volvo-cars-and-Chalmers-renewed-agreement.aspxVolvo Cars and Chalmers renewed agreement<p><b>​Chalmers and Volvo Cars have a longstanding and well working collaboration in education, research and development. In June, the collaboration agreement was renewed for another three years.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">The new agreement – signed by Chalmers' President Stefan Bengtsson and Mats Moberg, Senior Vice President Research &amp;Development at Volvo Cars – implies that Volvo Cars continues to be one of Chalmers so-called strategic partners. The strategic partnerships are characterized by extensive research collaborations, joint educational initiatives, and a diversity in collaboration across Chalmers research disciplines as well as focus on highlighted topics (<a href="/en/collaboration/strategic-partnerships/Pages/default.aspx">read more about the strategic partnerships here</a>).</span></div> <div><span><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;Chalmers takes an exceptional position&quot;</h2></span></div> <div>The academy is central for Volvo Cars, and will remain so in the future, says Mats Moberg:</div> <div> </div> <div> “For our provision of competence through excellent educational programmes, for the present through lifelong learning, and for our future development as a company with knowledge through collaborations in research and innovation. As a university, Chalmers takes an exceptional position as our main collaboration partner in all these areas”, he says, and continues:</div> <div> </div> <div>“We collaborate in student thesis projects, courses and educational programmes. Volvo and Chalmers work together in international projects, from the United States in the west to China in the east, and 60 percent of our industrial PhD students in Volvo Cars Industrial PhD Program – VIPP, which we established in 1999 – are now enrolled at Chalmers.”<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The great collaboration is not only due to the fact that Chalmers is close to Volvo Cars head office as the company is global, Mats Moberg points out.</div> <div> </div> <div>“It is simply because Chalmers offers both excellency and relevance in collaboration forms that have worked splendidly and enduring over the years.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Major and rapid changes in the transport system</h2> <div> </div> <div>The first partnership agreement was signed with Volvo Cars back in 2013. The company is today one of Chalmers’ largest strategic partners, says Sinisa Krajnovic, Director of Chalmers Transport Area of Advance. The renewal of the agreement means an opportunity to further develop the partnership.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We are in a time period with major and rapid changes in the transport system, including new technologies and mobility behaviors. The collaboration with Volvo Cars gives us an expanded opportunity to develop our research and education, and our utilization within the transport system, making us even more able to contribute to the development of sustainable, road-safe and efficient transport.”</div> <div> </div> <div><br />For Chalmers, the strategic partnerships are a tool for updating research and education, ensuring the research to be conducted at the forefront, as well as offering education to the very best future engineers. Through the partnerships, strategies are synchronized and the parties also have the opportunity to build joint infrastructures and test beds that would not have been possible without continuous dialogue.</div> <div> </div> <div><div>“In my opinion, the Areas of Advance have an important role to play in coordinating, as hosts of the partnerships”, says Sinisa Krajnovic.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Electrification and automation important areas</h2></div> <div> </div> <div>Chalmers and Volvo Cars already have a multitude of joint investments in research infrastructures, competence centers and research projects.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We also look forward to working together in the new, big investment in electromobility research, SEEL – Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory – where Volvo Cars plays an important part. Electrification is an important area of collaboration for both Chalmers and Volvo Cars, as well as automation”, says Sinisa Krajnovic.<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>And Mats Moberg agrees:</div> <div> </div> <div>“The renewal of our agreement is a confirmation of our mutual ambition to further sharpen our collaboration. This to continue towards added excellency, and to continue our work towards our goal of a sustainable, safe and personal mobility, but also to be leading in electrification, autonomous drive and digitalization.”<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The renewed agreement is for three years, and automatically extended for another two years thereafter.<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div> </div> <div>Photo: Erik Axén, Volvo Cars</div> <div> </div> <div>​<br /></div> <div> </div>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/International-student-project-awarded.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/International-student-project-awarded.aspxInternational student project awarded first prize<p><b>​Design a garage with charging stations for electric boats, where boats are also protected against bad weather. This was the assignment from Volvo Penta, and students from Chalmers and Penn State University worked together to solve the problem. The result was award-winning!</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Boats powered by electricity have become increasingly popular over the last years, but most marinas lack sufficient infrastructure to meet the need for charging. With this problem at hand, Volvo Penta announced a bachelor thesis last fall to get suggestions for solutions. The proposed project was a so-called Capstone project, and as such part of Chalmers strategic partnership with the Volvo Group, and to be carried out by students at Chalmers along with students from Penn State University in Pennsylvania, USA.<br /><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_puffbilder/AgnesAime_350.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></span><div><div>As a result, four students from Chalmers and four from Penn State have worked together in this project throughout the spring. And even though the Corona pandemic got in the way of the travel plans, it has been a successful collaboration – in fact, so successful that the students’ Solar Wharf Garage was awarded with first price in the Lockheed Martin Best Project Award. This is the second time a Capstone project wins first price since the start of the collaboration six years ago.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;Project of good quality&quot;<br /></h2></div> <div>Agnes Tunstad and Aime Vesmes were part of the winning team. Initially, they were both attracted by the opportunity to gain international contacts, but that’s not all:</div> <div>“It seemed to be a fun project, and the collaboration with a global industry did not make it any less interesting”, says Aime Vesmes, and Agnes Tunstad nods and adds:</div> <div>“I like boats, and I like renewable energy! In addition, the project seemed to be of good quality.”<br /><br /></div> <div>Aime Vesmes is ending her third year at Mechanical engineering – together with the other two from Chalmers, Gustaf Malmsjö and Johan Kinell – while Agnes Tunstad is studying Automation and mechatronics. The project therefore entailed not only cooperation across national borders, but also across Chalmers’ programmes.</div> <div>“Much of the content is the same in our courses, but there is also a lot of differences. I’m happy for everything that this project taught me about the product development process, as this was completely new to me. Had it not been for my project colleagues from Mechanical engineering, this would have been much more difficult”, says Agnes Tunstad.<img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/_puffbilder/Hamn_350.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>The project has required a lot of learning, and a lot of time for feasibility studies for all of them:</div> <div><div>“Yes, the real challenge has been to learn everything we needed to know. For example, I didn’t know how solar cells worked, or what to think about in a marine environment. We have really learned along the way”, says Aime Vesmes.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Two-boat garage with 18 solar panels</h2></div> <div>The final product is a two-boat garage where the boats are charged by nine solar panels each. According to the calculations, the payback period is 13 years, and the estimated structural lifetime more than twice as long. The material choices for the garage are guaranteed to hold the least possible risk of rust or other damage, and the panels can also be folded down to protect them from hard weather.<br /><br /></div> <div>Their collaboration has been performed via Zoom, a digital tool for video communication. The eight students were careful not to divide the project into smaller pieces but to try – as far as possible – to cooperate in all parts. This is reflected in the report, they say; otherwise the report could have ended up “choppy”, as a reflection of the fact that different parts were carried out by different persons. The group believe that this is one of the reasons why they won the award. And as Agnes Tunstad says:</div> <div>“What’s the point of a global project if you do not work together?”<br /><br /></div> <div>The response from Volvo Penta has been nothing but positive. In the beginning, the students were in close contact with their contact person, but he also emphasized that he did not want them to be too influenced.</div> <div><div>“If our ideas can bring value to Volvo, I’m happy. That’s what it is all about; for us to be able to give ideas for solutions”, says Aime Vesmes.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Changed plans for the exhibition an advantage</h2></div> <div>The plan was for the Chalmers’ students to travel to Penn State in April. The trip had to be cancelled, for obvious reasons. But the restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic have not only been negative. For the project participants at Chalmers, winning the award became even more fun as they were able to participate in a video presentation at the virtual exhibition from which the winner was selected.</div> <div>“Had it just been an exhibition with posters, as it usually is, it probably wouldn’t have felt as satisfying. In that case, we simply would not have been as involved. But now, thanks to the video, we were all included on equal terms”, concludes Agnes Tunstad.<br /><br /></div> <div>Note: <a href="https://psu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/AB+Volvo+Penta+1/1_icgww547">Watch the students’ video presentation here!​</a><br /><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div>Photo: Charles Strömblad (photo of Agnes Tunstad and Aime Vesmes) and Gustaf Malmsjö (Solar Wharf Garage and Öckerö marina) </div> <div>​<br /></div> Thu, 28 May 2020 12:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/ElectriCity-leads-the-way-forward.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/ElectriCity-leads-the-way-forward.aspxElectriCity leads the way forward<p><b>​Fully electrified bus traffic on several routes, procurements of a record number of electric buses, indoor bus stops and countless tests. But also a broader focus on, among other things, the electrification of ferries and construction sites, air quality and urban planning. These are some of the results from the ElectriCity collaboration.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">In the early summer of 2015, a fleet of electric buses started to operate Line 55 between Lindholmen and Johanneberg, the two Chalmers campuses. The line was, and still is, a part of ElectriCity, a collaborative project of the private sector, academia and public agencies. The role of Chalmers is to supply research expertise in this project, aimed at ensuring low air and noise pollution.<br /><br /></span><div>Since 2015, much has happened. What began in tests of electrified bus traffic on a limited scale within a demo arena has developed into fully electrified bus lines and Europe's largest procurement of electric buses. At the same time, the number of partners has increased, with ABB and Transdev being the latest additions. But not least, the number of demo arenas has increased, just like the efforts on developing more initiatives connected to the cleaner and quieter electrification.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Important results and ongoing activities </h2> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Route 55: The operation of the demonstration arena has been extended and new buses are being tested on the route. </div> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Route EL16: New fully electric high-capacity buses for extra services on route 16. </div> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fast charging stations with a high power output for routes with high levels of traffic. </div> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>New indoor and outdoor test bus stops designed for the quieter and cleaner electric buses. </div> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>More satisfied passengers and drivers due to the electrified buses. </div> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Functioning geofencing/zone management for route 55 and route EL16. </div> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>A digital platform where initial ideas for products and services have been developed. </div> <div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>A marine demonstration arena for testing the electric operation of commuter ferries is under development. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>To read more about the project, <a href="https://www.electricitygoteborg.se/en">go to the ElectriCity website</a>, where you can also find <a href="https://www.electricitygoteborg.se/sites/default/files/content/bilder/statusrapport_2019_en_webb.pdf">the new status report for 2020</a>.</div> Wed, 20 May 2020 11:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Testbed-for-electromobility-gets-575-million-SEK.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Testbed-for-electromobility-gets-575-million-SEK.aspxTestbed for electromobility gets 575 million SEK<p><b>​One of Europe’s leading testbeds for electric and charging vehicles is now one step closer to realisation. The Swedish Energy Agency grants SEEL, Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, 575 million SEK in support.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The important development of electrified vehicles, vessels and aircraft is in full progress. But there are knowledge gaps in the area of electric and charging vehicles, at both industrial and societal levels. New experience is needed, and innovative concepts are tested and evaluated.<br /></span><div>Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, SEEL, is a comprehensive investment in a testbed for electric and charging vehicles. The corporation Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory AB is founded by Chalmers University of Technology and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), and a wide range of players will operate within the SEEL testbed.</div> <div><div> “It is very positive news to now have another piece of this puzzle in place. In order to deliver world-leading expertise within electrified transportation, we now also need to secure the conditions for academic research and education of the highest international standard. This requires new public research resources within SEEL’s field of activity”, says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;A big step towards a more sustainable society&quot;</h2></div> <div>Robert Andrén, Director General at the Swedish Energy Agency, is counting on the project to help fight climate change as it focuses on batteries and electromobility.</div> <div>“Also, it is a big step towards a more sustainable society and more green jobs. In these Corona times, it is especially important that we support this type of forward-looking efforts that contribute to a climate-smart restart of society”, he says.</div> <div>Advanced knowledge development is required in the field of electromobility, and in the conditions for translating new insights into innovative solutions. In order to achieve this, close cooperation between academia, research institutes and industry is required.</div> <div> “SEEL has the right conditions to become a world-leading test facility for electromobility and thus very important for the vehicle industry’s conversion. SEEL will strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish automotive industry, and help Sweden to remain at the forefront of innovations in the transport sector”, says RISE CEO Pia Sandvik.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">FACTS: SEEL</h2> <div>Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, SEEL, is an electromobility testbed for electric and charging vehicles. The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen the conditions for cooperation within electromobility. Actors in small and medium-sized companies in the automotive industry, the aviation industry and the maritime sector, as well as other companies that develop technology in relevant areas, will have a common platform at SEEL. Researchers at universities and research institutes will also have access to an advanced research infrastructure. SEEL is expected to be operational by 2023.</div> <div>In the summer of 2018, the Swedish Energy Agency was commissioned by the Swedish Government to provide funding of 575 million SEK for the construction of a test center for electromobility. In December 2019, the European Commission approved state support for SEEL within the framework of an IPCEI, i.e. an important project of common European interest, to build a European battery value chain.<br /><br /></div> <div><a href="http://www.energimyndigheten.se/nyhetsarkiv/2020/575-miljoner-kronor-till-testcenter-for-el--och-laddfordon/">Read the full text in Swedish at the Swedish Energy Agency.​</a></div> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 16:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Call-for-transport-research-projects-2021-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Call-for-transport-research-projects-2021-2022.aspxCall for transport research projects<p><b>​Transport AoA is now presenting a new call for project proposals. The call is aimed at researchers at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, and for projects in 2021-2022.</b></p>​<br /><span style="background-color:initial">Three challenges have been formulated by the management team of Transport Area of Advance: Increasing efficiency in transport and logistics, increasing transport safety, and achieving a fossil-free transport system.<br /><br /></span><div>Based on these three challenges, the AoA is now welcoming project proposals that focus on:</div> <div>• the improvement of efficiency and effectiveness in transport and logistics while not increasing transport demand</div> <div>• the improvement of energy efficiency of vehicles and vessels as well as in the transport and logistics system</div> <div>• the achievement of a more resilient transport and logistics system</div> <div>• the protection of vulnerable road users</div> <div>• the achievement of transport safety related to automated and/or electrified passenger and freight transport </div> <div>• the development and increased use of close to zero emission vehicles and vessels (considering emission in a broad sense including GHGs, NOx, PM, noise etc)</div> <div>• the contribution of transport and logistics to improved circular material flows<br /><br /></div> <div>A full text version of this call, with more information on how to apply as well as templates for applying, is distributed to researcher connected to the AoA via email early in week 15. For further questions concerning the call, please contact your respective profile leader/leaders. Applications should be sent in no later than May 11.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Profile leader, Sustainable Vehicle Technologies: <a href="mailto:selma.brynolf@chalmers.se">Selma Brynolf</a></div> <div>Profile leaders, Transport Efficiency and Customer Adapted Logistics (TECAL): <a href="mailto:mats.johansson@chalmers.se">Mats Johansson</a> and <a href="mailto:michael.browne@handels.gu.se">Michael Browne</a></div> <div>Profile leader, Traffic Safety: <a href="mailto:magnus.granstrom@chalmers.se">Magnus Granström​</a></div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:00:00 +0200