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Being relevant is key to dissemination
The energy field can make large contributions to a sustainable future – which is the reason why Björn Palm from Department of Energy Technology goes to work every morning. Being relevant to the industry is the start of getting the research disseminated, he says, “and eventually making an impact, means that we have succeeded in making a difference in some way”.
KTH students improve Spanish university campus
Over 100 KTH students have worked on creating sustainable energy system proposals for Valencia’s technical university. Each year the students of Energy Management, an international masters programme, work with a challenge – improving energy systems for a specific location in the world, making them more sustainable. In the beginning of October the winning team travels to Valencia to present their suggestion to Spanish stakeholders.
Electricity to the nearly 1 billion people still lacking it
KTH has developed probably the most used electrification tool in the world – a decision support when providing rural and urban areas with electricity. A platform enables anyone working with energy access, to engage with governments and other stakeholders to discuss strategies to increase electrification rates in ~60 countries.
Tool helps developing countries with energy planning – to limit costs
KTH has developed a tool for energy and integrated water-energy-land use planning: The Open Source energy Modelling System (OSeMOSYS). The tool calculates the least-cost electricity, energy and resources supply options for countries all over the world, like what investments to make, when, at what capacity and how to operate them to meet the said policy target(s) at the lowest cost.
Learning by solving a real challenge
Identify the problem – and solve it. Gather the knowledge you need along the way. That’s the concept of Challenge driven education, a method used during the master course in Energy management.
A “power bank” for renewables
Imagine a factory with a giant "power bank" charged with renewable energy when the availability is good and electricity prices low. To be discharged as heat when sun and wind are scarce and prices high. Researchers Rafael Guédez and Silvia Trevisan at EGI work in a steaming hot field when the industry wants to get rid of fossil fuels and lower its energy costs.