The grants go to a wide range of energy research: biogas, electromobility, electrical energy storage and balancing, hydrogen, sustainable hydropower, nuclear technology, sustainable turbine fuels, deciduous forest, resilient energy systems, catalytic and solar electricity. In addition, researchers in information and communication technology are also affected.
By 2045, Sweden will have no net emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. As part of being able to implement the change, the Swedish Energy Agency announced research funds in 2020 and 2021 to finance the best competence center formations in Sweden in the energy area. The aim was to find competence centers that can create a long-term collaboration between business, the public sector and academia, and to conduct high-quality and needs-driven research. The interest was great and attracted 29 applications which, after examination and assessment, resulted in eleven centers that share SEK 600 million in grants.
Of those who were granted funding, Chalmers was the main applicant behind four, and the co-applicant for two. The direct grants to Chalmers amount to a total of SEK 239,355,500.
The competence centers are long-term investments where demand-driven research will be conducted on electricity systems and bioenergy as well as transport, industrial processes and energy systems. They cover five years in a first stage, with the possibility of extension for another five years.
The competence centers are a joint initiative where the Swedish Energy Agency's support of a total of almost SEK 600 million is met by corresponding thirds from higher education institutions and research institutes, and business and public organizations respectively. In total, the competence center investment means that approximately 150 doctoral students and junior researchers are trained in current issues, while at the same time almost 230 companies and other organizations increase their knowledge and competence.
The centers led by Chalmers are:
Swedish Electromobility Center (E2)
Granted support: SEK 92,250,000
Coordinator: Linda Olofsson
Swedish Center for Electricity Energy Storage and Balancing (E2)
Granted support: SEK 54,230,500
Coordinator: Massimo Bongiorno
Technologies and innovations for future sustainable hydrogen economy (M2)
Amount granted: SEK 53,875,000
Coordinator: Tomas Grönstedt
Read more about TechForH2 - for a sustainable hydrogen economy of tomorrow
Competence Center Catalyst (K)
Amount granted: SEK 39,000,000
Coordinator: Magnus Skoglundh
Read more about the Competence centers in Catalyst and Nuclear technology
In addition, Chalmers is a co-applicant to:
Swedish center for sustainable hydropower
Academic-Industrial nuclear initiative for future sustainable energy supply