Listed below are the projects performed within the different themes of the Eon–Chalmers collaboration.
Future Energy Systems
Electricity networks of tomorrow – the role of DSO/TSO and DSM
project has the aim to increase the understanding of the role of
end-use technologies and electricity networks in the future energy
system. These two aspects are strongly connected and have therefore to
be investigated together, as is done in this project, which is divided
into two parts; 1. Demand side management potentials and 2. Electricity
networks for tomorrow, i.e., the role of different parts of the
Efficient operation of distribution system with high level
of distributed generation, energy storage systems and controllable loads
project aims at investigating the future opportunities and challenges
of integrating renewable-based distributed generation and energy storage
system in the distribution system. To address the challenges, the
project will develop a framework for coordinated control of distributed
generation, energy storage system, controllable loads and on-load tap
changing transformers for efficient operation of the distribution
Project manager at Chalmers: Tuan Le
Future Electric Power Systems
project will investigate the strategies for transforming existing power
systems into a Smart Grid system. The project will look specifically at
the development of control and market strategies for the transmission
and distribution systems and identify the enabling technologies to
achieve grid optimisation.
Project manager at Chalmers: Tuan Le
Adaptive, autonomous and collective load balancing: a distributed computing solution to the energy dispatch problem in Smart Grids
The project aims at building and demonstrating a next generation demand shaping service in the form of a set of distributed algorithms, that are proactive, automated and accommodate streaming demand to streaming supply in real time.
Demand Side Modelling of Future Energy Systems
The purpose of this project is to strengthen Chalmers’ research within energy systems analysis and to further develop research on the demand side of the energy system. The expected results will be useful in the development of agent-based models, including lifestyle issues in scenarios as well as designing policy instruments.
Project manager at Chalmers: Jonas Nässén Future Swedish Electricity Generation Systems
The aim of this project is to investigate different pathways for the Swedish electricity generation system, taking into account the demand side. Of special interest is the influence of increased diffusion of intermittent electricity generation, electrification of the transportation sector and demand side efficiency measures.
Project manager at Chalmers: Filip Johnsson Interactions in the Future Swedish Energy System
The aim of this project is to investigate possibilities and develop methods for assessments of integration of energy systems at different scales - particularly the industrial and regional. The intention is to better represent real decision-making where there are multiple objectives.
Project manager at Chalmers: Thore Berntsson
/Erik Ahlgren Distributed Computing for Operation of Smart Distribution Network
The aim of this project is to study solutions for the smart grid with focus on using information and communication technologies (ICT). The project focuses on the development of the electric distribution systems and its interactions with the customer´s side. The overall aim of the project is to develop approaches using ICT for solution of main challenges of the electric power system in transformation into a smart grid.
Project manager at Chalmers: Lina Bertling Tjernberg/Tuan Le Demonstration Laboratory of Smart Grid System Solutions – Establishment and Operation
The aim of this project is to develop a less complicated and more robust method to produce clean syngas for the production of biofuels such like dimethylether, Fischer-Tropsch diesel and methane. Applying selected materials as bed materials in a Chemical Looping Reformer creates the potential to decrease not only the volume of tars but at the same time sulphur and perhaps carbon dioxide. An important focal point is reducing costs and improving chemical efficiency.
Project manager at Chalmers: Stanislaw Gubanski
Efficient use of Biomass
Future potential of biomass as a resource for energy products
The project aims to advance the understanding of: (i) how natural
conditions in combination with development of land use systems for
biomass production determines what types and volumes of biomass that can
be produced in different world regions; and (ii) how the evolving
institutional context influences the conditions for biomass production
by determining which production systems that are feasible or not.
“Feasibility” is in this context evaluated in relation to specific
markets, where the focus is on EU markets.
Project manager at Chalmers: Göran Berndes
Gasification of biomass and gas cleaning for the efficient production of biogas by gasification in the scale of 100-300 MW
Financing within this project is allocated to the Center for
Indirect Gasification of Biomass (CIGB), which is coordinated by
Chalmers. The foremost interest of the project is in the area of gas
cleaning of raw gas and fluiddynamics. Based on experimental work in
both the Chalmers 2-4 MW gasifier and a Chemical-Looping Reformer (CLR)
an integrated design for a biomass-fuelled gasification unit including a
catalytic gas conditioning reactor is developed. The aim of the work is
to gain sufficient knowledge and operational experience to make it
feasible to build such units in sizes between 100 and 300 MW.
More efficient combustion of heterogeneous biomass mixtures in fluidized beds
Biomass in general is an extremely problematic fuel as it has
heterogeneous properties that produce an uneven release of combustible
gas and it has very unfavorable ash properties, which can result in
fouling and agglomeration problems. These difficulties penalize the
electrical efficiency and increase maintenance costs.
As a spin-off from the first period of the Eon–Chalmers
collaboration a method has been developed that elicits new opportunities
to operate a boiler, which is expected to reduce problems related to
ash melting and production or removal of unwanted emissions, e.g. NOx
and SOx. In this project the aim is to investigate how this method can
be exploited, by experimental work in Chalmers boiler and the ambition
is also to test it in a number of Eon's commercial units.
Thermodynamic modeling of the NH3-CO2-H2O system and its integration into power plants
aim of this project is to develop a modeling tool to predict the
thermal performance of the Chilled Ammonia Process (CAP). A large part
of the project is to develop thermodynamic models that can be used in
the design and thermal integration of the sorbent system into a
post-combustion plant. Furthermore, the thermodynamic model should be
able to predict the thermal performance of a power plant equipped with
the CAP to evaluate the competitiveness of the process.
Project manager at Chalmers: Filip Johnsson
Production of high-quality, biomass-based gas for the substitution of natural gas
The aim of this project is to develop a less complicated and more robust method to produce clean syngas for the production of biofuels such like dimethylether, Fischer-Tropsch diesel and methane. Applying selected materials as bed materials in a Chemical Looping Reformer (CLR) creates the potential to decrease not only the volume of tars but at the same time sulphur and perhaps carbon dioxide. An important focal point is reducing costs and improving chemical efficiency.
Fluid Dynamics and Gas Purification connected to Fluidized Bed Gasification
The aim of this project is to strengthen Chalmers’ activities around the understanding of fluid dynamics in connecting fluidized beds for gasification of biomass. Another aim is to intensify the work around purification and reformation of raw gas via two-stage reformation. The overall aim is to facilitate upscaling and design of big gasification reactors (>100 MW) and allow purification and reformation of raw gas at a temperature that maximize the efficiency for the process from biomass to natural gas substitute.
Nuclear reactor safety
Support for the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Centre (SNEC)
The Sustainable Nuclear Energy Centre (SNEC) is a newly established centre at Chalmers, with the aim to coordinate and structure research,
education, and communication about nuclear energy in a comprehensive,
responsible, and critical manner. SNEC will complement the Swedish
Centre for Nuclear Technology (SKC) by creating a forum where
researchers, students, and industry members would be in direct contact.
Technology Assessment from a Sustainability and Risk Perspective
Technology Assessment from a Sustainability and Risk Perspective
This research project aims to adopt a trans-disciplinary approach by combining engineering and natural sciences with social sciences and economics. The aim is not only to describe problems associated with technologies but also to quantify the problems when possible. Another important part of the project is to participate in the general debate on technologies. The result of the project may be useful for persons and organisations in the community when making decisions regarding technology strategies.
Project manager at Chalmers: Fredrik Hedenus
Nuclear Engineering Masters Program
As new nuclear technology is introduced and a 'retirement gap' is
expected in the nuclear industry within the near future, there is a need
for skilled, well-educated nuclear engineers. In the framework of the
Eon–Chalmers collaboration a masters program in Nuclear Engineering has
been developed. This is now the broadest and largest nuclear education
at university level in Sweden. The aim of the programme is to provide
both basic and advanced knowledge of the physics, chemistry and
technology of nuclear power, the nuclear fuel cycle, and other useful
applications of radionuclides.
In addition to the Master Program there is a related ongoing
project with the specific aim to increase the recruitment of students to
the Nuclear Engineering Masters Program, in particular electrical
engineering students and mechanical engineering students. The aim is
also to increase European student exchange.
Project manager at Chalmers: Anders Nordlund
Course in Combustion engineering for plant operating technicians
course is specifically developed for plant operating technicians in
Eon’s combined heat and power plants. The goal of the course is to
provide increased knowledge on combustion and power production, or in
other words, the conversion of chemically bound energy in carbon-based
fuels to power and/or heat. The course describe different types of
boilers and boiler-related components, with emphasis on fluidized-bed
Solar Decathlon marketing
Solar Decathlon is an international competition where students design, build and compete with an energy efficient solar powered house in ten different contests including architecture, engineering, communication, energy balance to name a few. Chalmers started the project in 2011 with the aim to compete in 2013. The project was based on a couple of courses at master level in Architecture but the team consisted of students with different background within Civil engineering and Construction project management. Team Sweden and the house Halo was the result.
In this project Eon was a Black Dragon partner, VIP, meaning that Team Sweden delivered a platform via media, events, shows and exhibitions etc., where Eon could increase their visibility towards students and the public. In turn, Halo and Team Sweden got a key partner enabling the project to be managed to the end.
Project manager at Chalmers: Malin Kjellberg
Chalmers Learning Centre
The Centre was formally established in June 2010. It has a focus on learning in engineering sciences for sustainable development. The Centre collaborates with several existing units to enhance joint efforts to promote learning and teaching in different disciplinary areas at Chalmers and also directed towards the secondary school, to society in general, and to other groups. The result is intended to provide valuable information about how Chalmers can reform its education programme to meet the need for sustainability know-how in industry and society.
Project manager at Chalmers: Magdalena Svanström Chalmers Energy Academy
Chalmers Energy Academy is a forum for a mutually beneficial exchange of information, knowledge, ideas and visions. Goals for the Academy are to foster work-integrated learning opportunities for students, and to increasingly involve practitioners in teaching. A final aim is to establish a formal dialogue between teachers and industry regarding the content of Chalmers MScEng programmes in order to increase the quality and flexibility of the programmes and keep them in line with the continuously developing needs of the industry.
Project manager at Chalmers: Erik Ahlgren UNITECH
UNITECH International is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland. Its aim, together with leading European universities and companies, is to prepare qualified engineering students for their professional future. At the core of the UNITECH activities is an exchange period for students at a university abroad with management-oriented courses as well as an internship with one of the Corporate Partners.
Project manager at Chalmers: Maria Knutsson Wedel