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.
A 10-year programme with two years’ financing from the Swedish Energy Agency totalling EUR 2.5 million. Corporate partners have provided additional funding worth EUR 1.5 million and another EUR 2.25 million in the form of access to industrial research facilities and laboratories.
Together, KTH and Uppsala University have committed another EUR 1.1 million, mainly in the form of human resources and laboratory facilities.
Some 30 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.
About 100 researchers from materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering and engineering physics will be active at the centre.