Energy and Electric Power
Production and consumption of energy in the future will be different from today. More renewable sources of energy such as sun and wind will entail production that is more small-scale and not as uniform as is currently the case. Smarter electricity grids, energy-saving components and communication systems that make it possible to switch over and convert power will consequently be needed. That’s where we come in. Research in this field is crucial to how we resolve the energy issue in the future.
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KTH EE has one of the largest research units in Europe within electrical engineering and smart grids, with comprehensive resources to cover all aspects of the field. Our researchers are engaged on a daily basis in developing communication and safety in smart electricity grids. We are leading developments within electrical engineering, including components that enable major energy savings in connection with power conversion in both vehicles and electricity grids.
Examples of research
This new technology can be used in vehicle applications where it saves energy and reduces the need for cooling, and for large-scale application of bigger converters, for example in smart super grids of the future.
European PhD school within smart electricity grids and energy storage. Within EIT, KTH EE is an active participant in the European PhD school which brings together researchers in the overall energy field, and is responsible for one of seven tracks, the smart grids and energy storage area. It encompasses research within electrical engineering, energy storage and materials technology.
SmarTS Lab - real time smart grids tests bed. Researchers at KTH EE can use a simulator to study electricity grids that are as large as, or larger than, the area of Gotland. The simulator makes it possible to test a system in real time, and thereby to check that the system is reliable and safe, thus enabling the smart grids of the future to function effectively.
- Safety and reliability. Linking electricity systems to IT systems makes the grids smarter and faster, but also more vulnerable and sensitive to disturbances such as technical failures or IT attacks. A number of research projects at KTH EE are devoted to making the electrical systems safer and more reliable. These include work on distributing systems that enable a particular system to be replaced with an alternative system if problems arise.
Collaboration and activities in this area
Industrial collaboration, such as:
Grid4EU Viking, iTesla, Stronggrid
Other collaborations, for example:
Professor in Information Systems for Power System Management at the department of Industrial Information & Control Systems
EU expert on Smart Grid