SweGRIDS is the Swedish Centre for Smart Grids and Energy Storage. Started in December 2011, it is a partnership of academia, industry and public utilities, with major funding from the Swedish Energy Agency as well as the corporate partners.
The overarching purpose is to develop new and improved devices and methods that will help achieve the European Union’s ambitious targets for greater use of renewable energy sources and improved energy efficiency. Some one hundred scientists will work within SweGRIDS on development of electric power grids that can reliably and economically handle higher proportions of renewable generation and widespread energy trading.
There are currently around 40 research projects in SweGRIDS, each involving industrial and academic researchers working with a PhD student or PostDoc. More about the Research Areas and the individual projects can be found in the Research menu.
SweGRIDS Phase 1 ran for two years, from 2011 to 2013. SweGRIDS Phase 2 was approved in 2014, to run for a further 4 years, with an expected cost of around 206 million kronor; this is described further on the Funding overview page.
SweGRIDS is a programme for driving Electric-Grid oriented energy research at KTH and Uppsala. The sponsors are the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) and the industry partners, which also are involved actively to the research projects.
Researchers from materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering and engineering physics are active in SweGRIDS. Projectsare underway in fields such as electrical power ICT, controllable and intelligent power components, renewable energy grid integration, development of new materials, insulation, and large batteries.